Ayla Gürel

Senior Research Consultant

Ayla Gürel
Email: ayla@prio.org
Work phone: (+357) 22 456555
Twitter: @GurelAyla

Background

​​​​​​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.

Events

PRIO started tracking events online in 2007. This listing is not complete. Past events may be mentioned in our news archive.

Publications

Recent publications

Gürel, Ayla; Harry-Zachary Tzimitras; & Hubert Faustmann, eds, (2016) Global Energy Debates and the Eastern Mediterranean, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 1. Cyprus: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; Harry-Zachary 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 & Harry-Zachary Tzimitras (2016) Cyprus Settlement Negotiations: From Euphoria to Reality, Turkish Policy Quarterly 15(1): 51–63.

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Gürel, Ayla & Harry-Zachary Tzimitras (2015) Beyond Energy: Remarks about the Direction of Turkish-Russian Relations and Their Implications for the Cyprus Problem, Energy and Integration 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.

Book Chapter

Gürel, Ayla (2011) The Cyprus Property Dispute: Perspectives and ProspectsThe Isolated Part of Cyprus. VVM Publishing(70–78).
Gürel, Ayla; & Demetriou, Olga (2011) Human Rights, Civil Society and Conflict in CyprusCivil Society, Conflicts and the Politicization of Human Rights. United Nations University Press(100–122).
Gürel, Ayla; & Özersay, Kudret (2009) The Cyprus Problem at the European Court of Human RightsCyprus: a Conflict at the Crossroads. 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.

Popular Article

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.

PRIO Report

Gürel, Ayla; Harry-Zachary Tzimitras; & Hubert Faustmann, eds, (2016) Global Energy Debates and the Eastern Mediterranean, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 1. Cyprus: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; Harry-Zachary 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.
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 (2012) Turkish Cypriot Legal Framework, Displacement in Cyprus - Consequences of Civil and Military Strife, 4. Nicosia : PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; & Mete Hatay (2012) An Overview of Events and Perceptions, Displacement in Cyprus - Consequences of Civil and Military Strife, 5. 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.

Conference Paper

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 2005The Propery Issue in the Cyprus Negotiations, presented at Peacebuildiing in Divided Societies26 November.

PRIO Paper

Williams, Rhodri & Ayla Gürel (2011) The European Court of Human Rights and the Cyprus Property Issue, PRIO Cyprus Centre Paper. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

Report - Other

Gürel, Ayla; & Hatay, Mete (2003) The Annan Plan for Cyprus: A Citizen's GuidePRIO.

Report - External Series

Demetriou, Olga; & Gürel, Ayla (2008) Human Rights, Civil Society and Conflict in Cyprus: Exploring the Relationships, SHUR Working Paper Series, 3. SHUR.
Gürel, Ayla (2007) Can the European Union Help 'Reunite' Cyprus?, Cyprus an Accession: Getting Past ‘No’.

Book Review

Gürel, Ayla (2007) Review of Subcontracting Peace: The Challenges of NGO Peacebuilding137–141.

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