Since 2005 she has worked on several research projects about the plight of displaced persons on both sides of the island and the associated question of property rights within the context of the Cyprus problem. She has numerous publications related to these topics. Gürel has also been involved in facilitating inter-communal dialogue on property issues, including at the level of the UN-sponsored negotiations for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. Recently she has led a PRIO Cyprus Centre team on a project entitled ‘Internal Displacement in Cyprus: Mapping the Consequences of Civil and Military Strife’, (www.prio-cyprus-displacement.net). Her more recent research engagement concerns the issue of hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation offshore Cyprus.
Gürel was part of the bi-communal team that carried out in 2003-2004 PRIO’s public information project on the so-called Annan Plan (the UN Plan for ‘the Comprehensive Settlement of the Cyprus Problem’). The project, which covered both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, was aimed at dissemination of objective and easily understood information on the Plan before it was put to separate simultaneous referenda on both sides of the island on 24 April 2004. Project’s activities included running a website (www.prio.no/cyprusdecides), production and distribution of booklets and leaflets, holding of public seminars and discussion, and TV and radio presentations.
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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:00-17:00
– The Future of Eastern Mediterranean Gas
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:30-17:00
– Global Energy Debates and the East Mediterranean
Thu, 14 November 2013
– PRIO Cyprus Centre Annual Conference: East Mediterranean Hydrocarbons
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:00-20:00
– The Cyprus Hydrocarbons Issue: Context, Positions and Future Scenarios
Fri, 26 October 2012
– Good Governance in Europe and the Neighbourhood
Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:00-21:00
– Launch of Reports on 'Displacement in Cyprus: Consequences of Civil and Military Strife'
Mon, 05 Mar 2012 13:45-15:15
– Talk by the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cyprus
Sat, 26 Nov 2011 09:00-16:30
– Cyprus Offshore Hydrocarbons: Wealth Distribution and Regional Politics
Thu, 18 June 2009
– Learning from Comparing Conflicts and Reconciliation Processes: A Holistic Approach
Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Gürel, Ayla & Harry Tzimitras (2015) Beyond Energy: Remarks about the Direction of Turkish-Russian Relations and Their Implications for the Cyprus Problem, Euxeinos: Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region(18): 28–38.
Gürel, Ayla & Laura Le Cornu (2014) Can Gas Catalyse Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean?, The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs 49(2): 11–33.
Gürel, Ayla (2009) Eigentums- und Bevölkerungsfragen im geteilten Zypern [Population and property issues in divided Cyprus], Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte(12): 14–18.
Gürel, Ayla; & Özersay, Kudret (2008) Property and Human Rights in Cyprus: The European Court of Human Rights as a Platform of Political Struggle, Middle Eastern Studies44(2): 291–321.
Gürel, Ayla; & Özersay, Kudret (2006) Cyprus and the Politics of Property, Mediterranean Politics11(3): 349–369.
Gürel, Ayla (2016) Eastern Mediterranean Gas: Source of Prosperity for the Region? , in Colombo, Silvia ; Mohamed El Harrak; & Nicolò Sartori, eds, The Future of Natural Gas Markets and Geopolitics. Netherlands: Lenthe/European Energy Review (117–138).
Gürel, Ayla (2016) Offshore Gas: An Anticatalyst in Efforts to Reunify Cyprus, in Warner, Jonathan ; David W. Lovell ; & Michalis Kontos , eds, Contemporary Social and Political Aspects of the Cyprus Problem. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (58–89).
Gürel, Ayla (2011) The Cyprus Property Dispute: Perspectives and ProspectsThe Isolated Part of Cyprus. VVM Publishing(70–78).
Gürel, Ayla & Olga Demetriou (2011) Human Rights, Civil Society and Conflict in Cyprus, in Marchetti, Raffaele; & Nathalie Tocci, eds, Civil Society, Conflicts and the Politicization of Human Rights. Tokyo: United Nations University Press (100–122).
Gürel, Ayla & Kudret Özersay (2009) The Cyprus Problem at the European Court of Human Rights, in Nathalie Tocci, ed., Cyprus: a Conflict at the Crossroads. Manchester: Manchester University Press (273–291).
Non-refereed Journal Article
Gürel, Ayla & Harry-Zachary Tzimitras (2016) Cyprus Settlement Negotiations: From Euphoria to Reality, Turkish Policy Quarterly 15(1): 51–63.
Gürel, Ayla (2009) Property, Bizonality, and Reunification, Sunday Mail.
Gürel, Ayla (2009) Property, Bizonality, and Reunification, Revma , 13 May.
Gürel, Ayla; & Özersay, Kudret (2008) Die Eigentumspolitik auf Zypern: Bizonalitat und Menschenrechte-kontraere Argumente der zwei zyprischen Gemeinschaften. Auf Zypern: Herausforderungen und Perspektiven [The Politics of Property in Cyprus: Bizonality and Human Rights in the two Cypriot Societies], Auf Zypern: Herausforderungen Und Perspektiven, 10 August.
Gürel, Ayla; Harry Tzimitras; & Hubert Faustmann, eds, (2016) Global Energy Debates and the Eastern Mediterranean, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 1. Cyprus: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; Harry Tzimitras; & Hubert Faustmann, eds, (2014) East Mediterranean Hydrocarbons: Geopolitical Perspectives, Markets, and Regional Cooperation, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 3. Cyprus : PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; Fiona Mullen; & Harry Tzimitras (2013) The Cyprus Hydrocarbons Issue: Context, Positions and Future Scenarios, PRIO Report, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; Mete Hatay; & Christalla Yakinthou (2012) An Overview of Events and Perceptions, Displacement in Cyprus - Consequences of Civil and Military Strife, 5. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla (2012) Turkish Cypriot Legal Framework, Displacement in Cyprus - Consequences of Civil and Military Strife, 4. Nicosia : PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Faustmann, Hubert; Ayla Gürel; & Gregory M. Reichberg, eds, (2012) Cyprus Offshore Hydrocarbons: Regional Politics and Wealth Distribution, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; & Kudret Özersay (2006) The Politics of Property in Cyprus: Conflicting Appeals to 'Bizonality' and 'Human Rights' by the Two Cypriot Communities, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 3. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla 2009Human Rights and the Cyprus Conflict, presented at SHUR project final conference4–6 June.
Gürel, Ayla; & Özersay, Kudret 2007The Cyprus Property Issue: A Matter of Principle or Compromise , presented at 6th International Congress for Cyprus Studies24–26 October.
Gürel, Ayla & Kudret Özersay (2007) The Cyprus Property Issue: A Matter of Principle or Compromise?Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, 24–26 October.
Gürel, Ayla 2005The Propery Issue in the Cyprus Negotiations, presented at Peacebuildiing in Divided Societies26 November.