Olga Demetriou

Senior Research Consultant

This person left PRIO in 2018. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.


​​​​​Olga Demetriou is a social anthropologist and holds a PhD (2002) from the London School of Economics. She joined PRIO Cyprus Centre in 2006, following post-doctoral appointments at Cambridge (Wolfson College) and Oxford (St Peter’s College) Universities. She has carried out fieldwork in western Thrace and Cyprus and has been working on issues of human rights, minority-state relations, refugeehood, gender, and migration. She is particularly interested in processes of subjectivisation in conditions of conflict and inequality.

Her work has appeared in several anthropological and inter-disciplinary journals, and her first monograph was published in 2013 by Berghahn under the title Capricious Borders: Minority, Population and Counter-Conduct between Greece and Turkey.

She has been involved in a number of social justice initiatives in Cyprus, including the Gender Advisory Team (since 2009) which seeks to mainstream gender equality concerns in the peace building agenda.



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Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Demetriou, Olga (2016) Counter-Conduct and the Everyday: Anthropological Engagements with Philosophy, Global Society 30(2): 218–237.
Constantinou, Costas M.; Olga Demetriou & Mete Hatay (2012) Conflicts and Uses of Cultural Heritage in Cyprus, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 14(2): 177–198.
Demetriou, Olga (2012) The Militarization of Opulence: Engendering a Conflict Heritage Site, International Feminist Journal of Politics 14(1): 56–77.
Demetriou, Olga (2008) Reading the Paratexts of the Cyprus Conflict: Policy, Science, and the Pursuit of 'Objectivity', Cyprus Review 20(1): 93–113.
Demetriou, Olga (2007) To Cross or Not to Cross? Subjectivization and the Absent State in Cyprus, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 13(4): 987–1006.
Demetriou, Olga (2007) Freedom Square: The Unspoken Reunification of a Divided City, HAGAR: Studies In Culture, Polity & Identities 7(1): 55–.

Book Chapter

Demetriou, Olga (2016) Engendering the Post-Liberal Peace in Cyprus: UNSC Resolution 1325 as a Tool, in Oliver P. Richmond, ed., Post-Liberal Peace Transitions: Between Peace Formation and State Formation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (83–104).
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. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (183–207).
Demetriou, Olga (2014) Situating Loss in the Greek-Turkish Encounter in Cyprus, in Vally Lytra, ed., When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship Since 1923. Farnham: Ashgate (45–64).
Christou, Georgina; John Mavris & Olga Demetriou (2011) Becoming Good Neighbours in Cyprus: Civic Action and the relevance of the State, in Negotiation Multicultural Europe: Borders, Networks, Neighbourhoods. London: Palgrave (25–44).
Gürel, Ayla & Olga Demetriou (2011) Human Rights, Civil Society and Conflict in Cyprus, in Civil Society, Conflicts and the Politicization of Human Rights. Tokyo: United Nations University Press (100–122).
Demetriou, Olga (2010) The Cyclops, the Sultan and the Empty Post: Sites and Histories in Turkish (Re)appropriations of the Thracian PastArchaeology In Situ: Sites, Archaeology, and Communities In Greece . Lexington Books(221–239).
Demetriou, Olga (2009) The Finger of Legitimacy: Human Rights and Minority Religious Representation in Greece, in Islam and the Middle East: an Insight into Theory and Praxis. Nicosia: University of Nicosia Press (53–80).
Demetriou, Olga (2008) Catalysis, Catachresis: The EU's Impact on the Cyprus ConflictThe European Union and Border Conflicts: the Power of Integration and Association . Cambridge University Press(64–93).

Popular Article

Demetriou, Olga (2013) A cultural reading of the Cyprus crisis, Opendemocracy.Net, 15 April.

PRIO Report

Demetriou, Olga; Umut Bozkurt; & Yiouli Taki (2012) Women's Peace in Cyprus: Recommendations of the Gender Advisory Team (GAT) on Implementing UNSCR 1325 Provisions on Women, Peace and Security, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 3. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Demetriou, Olga (2012) Life Stories: Greek Cypriot Community, Displacement in Cyprus - Consequences of Civil and Military Strife, 1. Nicosia : PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Demetriou, Olga (2012) Βιωματικές Ιστορίες: Ελληνοκυπριακή Κοινότητα [Life Stories: Greek Cypriot Community], O Εκτοπισμός στην Κύπρο - Οι Συνέπειες της Πολιτειακής και της Στρατιωτικής Διαμάχης, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Demetriou, Olga (2012) Hayat Hikâyeleri: Kıbrıs Rum Toplumu [Life Stories: Greek Cypriot Community], Kıbrıs’ta yerinden olmak - Sivil ve Askeri Çatışmanın sonuçları, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

PRIO Policy Brief

Demetriou, Olga (2014) Towards a Gendered Peace: Interventions in the Negotiation Process Inspired by UNSCR 1325, PRIO Cyprus Centre Policy Brief, 1. Nicosia : PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Demetriou, Olga; Umut Bozkurt & Yiouli Taki (2012) Women's Peace: Recommendations of the Gender Advisory Team (GAT) on the peace negotiations in Cyprus, PRIO Cyprus Centre Policy Brief, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

Report - Other

Demetriou, Olga (2008) Migrant Cities Research: Nicosia South, Living Together. London: British Council and the Institute For Public Policy Research.

Report - External Series

Demetriou, Olga; & Ayla Gürel (2008) Human Rights, Civil Society and Conflict in Cyprus: Exploring the Relationships, SHUR Working Paper Series, 3. Rome: SHUR.
Demetriou, Olga; & Gürel, Ayla (2008) Η Κοινωνία των Πολιτών στο Κυπριακό Πρόβληµα [Human Rights, Civil Society and Conflict in Cyprus: Exploring the Relationships], SHUR Working Paper Series , 3. SHUR.
Demetriou, Olga; & Gürel, Ayla (2008) Kıbrıs İhtilafı’nda Sivil Toplum ve İnsan Hakları [Human Rights, Civil Society and Conflict in Cyprus: Exploring the Relationships], SHUR Working Paper Series , 3. SHUR.

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