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Dr Olga Demetriou

Associate Professor in Post-Conflict Reconstruction

PhD (LSE) Social Anthropology

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Associate Professor in Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the School of Government and International Affairs210, Al-Qasimi Building+44 (0) 191 33 45676


Olga Demetriou joined the Durham Global Security Institute at the School in 2018 and has been its Programme Director since 2019. She has trained in social anthropology and has led projects on minority rights, gender, displacement, and refugeehood, for the last two decades.Her current interests focus on the margins of protection in European refugee regimes as these are framed within law (complementary protection), politics (access to citizenship) and space (locations of first reception). 

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). She was previously affiliated with PRIO, the University of Cyprus, and Amnesty International, where she was the organisation's researcher on Greece and Cyprus. 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.

Supervision Areas
  • Ethnography of Migration and Refugee Regimes
  • Gendered (In)securities
  • Post-conflict Transitions
  • Political orders in Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey
  • 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
  • Gender, feminism and peace building
  • Cultural heritage conflicts
  • Citizenship
  • Minorities
  • Cyprus
  • Greece-Turkey conflicts

Esteem Indicators

  • 2021: Visiting Senior Fellow, Hellenic Observatory, LSE:
  • Committees:
    • Technical Committee on Gender Equality, Cyprus peace process
    • Society for the Anthropology of Europe (American Anthropological Association): treasurer 2016-2018 ;
    • Gender Advisory Team, Cyprus: founding member
  • Consultancies:
    • Amnesty International
    • International Organisation for Migration
    • Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
    • United Nations Development Programme
    • British Council, Nicosia
  • 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

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Anthropology: law and emergency; refugees/forced displacement; Mediterranean reception sites; women in post-conflict environments; minorities within citizenship regimes


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Demetriou, Olga. (2021). Migration, Minorities, and Refugeehood in Cyprus. In Jahrbuch für Europäische Ethnologie. 91-120.
  • Demetriou, Olga & Hadjipavlou, Maria (2020). Women and Peace Negotiations in Cyprus. In The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies. Richmond, Oliver & Visoka, Gezim Palgrave. online.
  • Demetriou, Olga & Dimova, Rozita (2018). Theorising material / nonmaterial mediations on the border. In The political materialities of borders: New theoretical directions. Demetriou, Olga & Dimova, Rozita Manchester University Press. 1-15.
  • Demetriou, Olga (2018). Materiality, imbrication, and the longue durée of Greco-Turkish borders. In The political materialities of borders: New theoretical directions. Demetriou, Olga & Dimova, Rozita Manchester University Press. 16-35.
  • Demetriou, Olga (2015). Grand Ruins: Ledra Palace Hotel and the Rendering of ‘Conflict’ as Heritage in Cyprus. In War and Cultural Heritage: Biographies of Place. Stig Sørensen, Marie Louise & Viejo-Rose, Dacia Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 183-207.
  • Demetriou, Olga, Mavris, John C. & Christou, Georgina (2011). Becoming Good Neighbours in Cyprus. In Negotiating Multicultural Europe: Borders, Networks, Neighbourhoods. Armbruster, Heidi & Meinhof, Ulrike London: Palgrave Macmillan. 25-44.
  • Demetriou, Olga (2009). Catalysis, catachresis: the EU's impact on the Cyprus conflict. In The European Union and Border Conflicts. Diez, Thomas, Albert, Mathias & Stetter, Stephan 64-93.

Edited book

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Demetriou, Olga & Stevens, Jacqueline (2021). Re-founding justice amid national violence and disparities: Towards a Declaration of Citizenship. Routed Magazine (Borders and Justice).

Supervision students