Olga Demetriou

Senior Research Consultant

Olga Demetriou
Email: olga.demetriou@prio.org
Work phone: (+357) 22 456555/4
Twitter: @OlgaDemet


​​​​​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, including the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Identities, and Cultural Anthropology. She is currently co-editor and book reviews editor at the journal The Cyprus Review.

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



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Recent publications

Demetriou, Olga (2016) Counter-Conduct and the Everyday: Anthropological Engagements with Philosophy, Global Society 30(2): 218–237.

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Demetriou, Olga (2016) Counter-Conduct and the Everyday: Anthropological Engagements with Philosophy, Global Society 30(2): 218–237.
Demetriou, Olga (2014) 'Struck by the Turks': Reflections on Armenian Refugeehood in Cyprus, Patterns of Prejudice 48(2): 167–181.
Hatay, Mete;Demetriou, Olga; & Constantinou, Costas M. (2012) Conflicts and Uses of Cultural Heritage in Cyprus, Journal of Balkan and Near East Studies 14(2): 177–198.
Demetriou, Olga (2012) The Militarization of Opulence, International Feminist Journal of Politics 14(1): 1–22.
Demetriou, Olga (2008) Reading the Paratexts of the Cyprus: 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 Institute13(4): 987–1006.
Demetriou, Olga (2007) Freedom Square: The Unspoken of a Divided City, Hagar7(1): online.

Book Chapter

Demetriou, Olga & Maria Hadjipavlou (2016) Engendering the Post-Liberal Peace in Cyprus: UNSC Resolution 1325 as a Tool, in Richmond, Oliver P.; & Sandra Pogodda, eds, 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 Stig Sørensen , Marie Louise ; & Dacia Viejo Rose, eds, 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 When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship Since 1923. Farnham: Ashgate (45–64).
Demetriou, Olga;Christou , Georgina ; & Mavris, John (2011) Becoming Good Neighbours in Cyprus: Civic Action and the relevance of the State Negotiation Multicultural Europe: Borders, Networks, Neighbourhoods. Palgrave(25–44).
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).
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 Islam and the Middle East: an Insight into Theory and Praxis. 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 (2012) Life Stories: Greek Cypriot Community, Displacement in Cyprus - Consequences of Civil and Military Strife, 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.

Report - Other

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

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.