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Professor of Political Anthropology in the School of Government and International Affairs+44 (0) 191 33 45676
Associate Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study


Olga Demetriou joined the Durham Global Security Institute at the School in 2018 and has been its Programme Director since 2019. She is a social anthropologist with interests in citizenship, gender, displacement, and refugeehood.Her current work focusses on activism in refugee reception sites in Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus. 

Her 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), tackle questions of borders, exclusions, and conflict legacies. She was previously affiliated with PRIO, the University of Cyprus, and Amnesty International, where she was the organisation's researcher on Greece and Cyprus. 

Supervision Areas

I welcome enquiries about doctoral projects in the following areas:

  • Ethnography of Migration and Refugee Regimes
  • Gendered (In)securities
  • Post-conflict Transitions
  • Political orders in Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey

Modules convened at DGSi:

  • Gender, Security, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (-2021)
  • Gender in the UN Global Security Agenda (2021 onwards)
  • Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction and State-Building
  • Capstone: Humanitarian Simulation Exercise
  • Consolidating Peace After Violence
  • Fieldtrip (Cyprus) 
  • Conflict Analysis

Research interests

  • Refugees and Displacement
  • European Asylum System
  • Citizenship and Mobility
  • Gender, feminism and peace building
  • Cultural heritage conflicts

Esteem Indicators

  • 2022: Grants:
    • 2023-2027: UKRI, ESRC Individual Research grant, Pro- and Anti-Migrant Mobilization in Mediterranean Refugee Reception Sites [Contesting Migration], ES/W012324/1 (with Antonis Ellinas, UCY)
    • 2022-2024: Cyprus Research and Innovation, RESTART Excellence Hubs: Pro- and Anti- Migrant Migrant Mobilization in Eastern Mediterranean Refugee Reception Sites [MEDRECEPTIONS] (PI: Antonis Ellinas)
    • 2021-2023: British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant: Pro- and Anti- Migrant Activism in Mediterranean Refugee Reception Sites: Developing Analytic Tools in Ethnography and Comparative Politics (with Antonis Ellinas, UCY)
    • 2021: The Politics of Credibility: Durham Institute of Advanced Studies (with Elisabeth Kirtsoglou) 
    • 2020: Declaration of Citizenship project (PI: Jacqueline Stevens) 
    • 2019: Refugee Regimes in Southwestern Europe (Durham University) 
    • 2018: Women in the Peace Process: Lessons from Northern Ireland (Ireland MFA) 
    • 2017: The Aftermath of Hotspots (PRIO Strategic Projects) 
    • 2016: Women’s Peace: Gender in the Peace Negotiations (Norway MFA) 
    • 2009: Internal Displacement in Cyprus: The Consequences of Civil and Military Strife (European Commission) 
    • 2008: Cultural Heritage and the Re-construction of Identities after Conflict –CRIC (EU 7th framework) 
    • 2008: COST Action IS0803: Remaking eastern borders in Europe – EastBordNet 
    • 2002: Insecure Minorities in Conditions of Ethnic Antagonism in the Balkans and Cyprus (Wenner Gren Foundation) 
    • 1998: Emslie Horniman Anthropological Scholarship (Royal Anthropological Institute)
  • 2021: Visiting Senior Fellow, Hellenic Observatory, LSE: Project title: "The States that Refugees define"
  • 2011: Committees:
    • Technical Committee on Gender Equality, Cyprus peace process, 2015-2021
    • Society for the Anthropology of Europe (American Anthropological Association): treasurer 2016-2018
    • Gender Advisory Team, Cyprus: founding member, 2011-
  • 2008: Peer Review: Editorial teams:

    • 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)

    Editorial/advisory boards:

    • Public Anthropologist
    • Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies
    • Feminist Encounters
    • Rethinking Borders, MUP
    • Hellenic Observatory, LSE
  • 2008: Consultancies:
    • Amnesty International, 2010, 2011
    • International Organisation for Migration, 2019
    • Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 2008
    • United Nations Development Programme, 2009
    • British Council, Nicosia, 2007


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