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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 is Associate Professor in Post Conflict Reconstruction and State-Building at the Durham Global Security Institute, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University. 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 Peace Research Institute Oslo (Cyprus Centre), and the University of Cyprus, where she taught conflict and reconciliation, socio-legal theory, citizenship and human rights, and gender and politics. She had previously worked as researcher for Amnesty International in London, focusing on migrant and minority rights. 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.

Research Interests

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

Indicators of Esteem

  • Consultancies:

    - Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

    - the British Council, Nicosia

  • Journals:

    2019-2021: Journal of Modern Greek Studies (Associate Editor in Social Sciences)

    2017-2019: Public Anthropologist (reviews editor)

    2008-2015: The Cyprus Review (co-editor and book reviews)

  • Memberships:

    Technical Committee on Gender Equality (attached to peace negotiations in Cyprus): member

    Society for the Anthropology of Europe (American Anthropological Association): treasurer

    Gender Advisory Team, Cyprus: founding member

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

Selected Grants

  • 2018: Women in the Peace Process: Lessons from Northern Ireland (Ireland MFA)
  • 2017: The Aftermath of Hotspots (PRIO Strategic Projects)
  • 2012: Women’s Peace: Gender in the Peace Negotiations (Norway MFA)
  • 2002: Insecure Minorities in Conditions of Ethnic Antagonism in the Balkans and Cyprus (Wenner Gren Foundation)
  • 1998: Emslie Horniman Anthropological Scholarship (Royal Anthropological Institute)