Thursday, 28 February 2008

New President in Cyprus And Inflation: New Post and Conferences

I promised to have a small think piece on the challenges facing President Christofias in regards to inflation but i have not be working to my capacity this week - will be up here for sure next week.

In the meantime i would like to advertise two great oportunities: A conference in Belfast and a one year research post in Cyprus:

Queen’s University Belfast, 21 May 2008

The International Politics and Ethnic Conflict Cluster and the Centre for Research in Political Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast will host a one-day multi-disciplinary workshop on Cyprus and Divided Societies on Wednesday 21 May 2008.

The workshop aims to bring together younger and more established researchers interested in factors and processes which facilitate or hinder the resolution of inter-group conflict in Cyprus with researchers who are working on similar issues in different societies. We invite papers from researchers working from different disciplinary perspectives. We especially welcome papers which focus on Cyprus and involve comparisons with other divided societies. We look forward to papers investigating the impact of Europeanization, media in divided societies, the role of religious actors, institutional design and social psychological dimensions of conflict. Comparative studies of Cyprus and Northern Ireland are particularly welcome.

Paper proposals (max. 300 words) should be sent by email to no later than 17 March 2008. A panel will assess the paper proposals and successful applicants will be informed by 20 March.

The workshop will form a prelude to the Mitchell conference ‘Moving on from Conflict: Lessons from Northern Ireland’ on May 22-23 a key event celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Belfast Agreement

For more information please contact Neophytos Loizides at

Organising Committee:
Professor Evanthia Lyons,
Centre for Research in Political Psychology, School of Psychology, QUB
Dr Neophytos Loizides, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, QUB
Iosif Kovras, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, QUB
Nikos Ilia, Centre for Research in Political Psychology, School of Psychology, QUB



The PRIO Cyprus Centre is seeking an experienced Cypriot researcher.

The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) was one of the first centres of peace research in the world when it was founded in 1959. The PRIO Cyprus Centre (PCC) opened in September 2005.

The PCC focuses on research about issues and developments relevant to the Cyprus problem and to its eventual settlement. The Centre’s aim is to contribute to an informed public debate on such matters. It seeks to do this through dissemination of the findings and analysis offered by its bi-communal research team as well as various activities directed at facilitating dialogue.

Among the topics currently researched at the PCC are the property issue, migration and settlers, attitudes towards reconciliation, human rights and minority rights, civil society, economic development, gender and peace, environment, sustainable diplomacy and history teaching. The PCC is constantly identifying new research areas. (For more information see

The PCC has a vacancy for one Cypriot researcher from 1 June 2008 onwards, for at least 1 year. The candidate must:

  • Hold a higher academic degree and have solid research experience;

  • Have track record of publishing in international peer-reviewed journals;

  • Be fluent in English and Greek (knowledge of Turkish an advantage)

  • Have good presentation and dissemination skills

  • Be capable of securing funding for research projects.

Remuneration will be in accordance with academic experience.

Applicants should forward by email to or

  • A letter of expression of interest;

  • An up-to-date CV (including a list of publications and information on grants obtained if any);

  • An outline of a proposed research project (1500-2000 words)

The deadline for the application is Monday 10th March 2008. A confirmation of receipt will be sent within two working days. Short-listed candidates will be notified by 19th March.

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