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Dr Olga Demetriou, PhD (LSE) Social Anthropology

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Associate Professor in Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45676
Room number: 210, Al-Qasimi Building

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Olga Demetriou joined the Durham Global Security Institute at the School of Government in 2018 and has been its Programme Director since 2019. She has trained in social anthropology and has been researching issues of minority rights, gender, displacement, and refugeehood, for the last two decades. She has authored two monographs, Capricious Borders: Minority, Population and Counter-Conduct between Greece and Turkey (Berghahn, 2013/2017) and Refugeehood and the Post Conflict Subject: Reconsidering Minor Losses (SUNY Press, 2018) and co-edited, with Rozita Dimova, The Political Materialities of Borders: New Theoretical Directions (Manchester University Press, 2018). She was previously affiliated with the PRIO and the University of Cyprus, where she taught socio-legal theory, transitional justice, anthropology, and feminism. Prior to that, she was Amnesty International's researcher on Greece and Cyprus, focusing on migrant and minority rights. She has led projects on borders, displacement, gender, and minorities. As an engaged scholar, she participated in numerous peace-building initiatives in Cyprus and has been a member of the Technical Committee on Gender Equality attached to the peace negotiations there.

Modules Taught

Gender, Security, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace

Fieldtrip (Cyprus) 

Conflict Analysis

Capstone: Humanitarian Simulation Exercise

Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Supervision Areas

Ethnography of Migration and Refugee Regimes

Gendered (In)securities

Post-conflict Transitions

Political orders in Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey

Research Interests

  • Conflict and crisis
  • Minorities, migration and refugeehood in the citizenship regime
  • Law in the everyday
  • Gender, security and peacebuilding

Teaching Areas

  • Conflict Analysis

    (66 hours/year.)
  • Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace

    (98 hours/year.)
  • Field trip (Cyprus)

    (192 hours/year.)
  • Gender, Security and Postconflict Reconstruction

    (132 hours/year.)
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction

    (195 hours/year.)
  • Capstone: Humanitarian Simulation Exercise (85 hours/year.)
  • Dissertation supervision (120 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Conflict and resolution: the experience of law in everyday life, particularly as it relates to citizenship status, gender equality, and situations of conflict and emergency
  • Security, territory and boundaries: the relationship between people and borders in humanitarian emergencies and in contested territories