Neophytos Loizides is Professor in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent. He has previously taught at Queen’s University Belfast and Princeton University and held fellowships at the University of Essex and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Professor Loizides is the author of The Politics of Majority Nationalism: Framing Peace, Stalemates, and Crises, Stanford Press (2015), Designing Peace: Cyprus and Institutional Innovations in Divided Societies, University of Pennsylvania Press (2016), and Mediating Power-Sharing, Routledge (2018 with Feargal Cochrane and Thibaud Bodson).
He has authored more than forty academic articles and book chapters in the areas of forced displacement, nationalism and conflict regulation in deeply divided societies including most recently work published in the European Journal of Political Research, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Political Psychology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and International Migration. Professor Loizides has also served as a consultant to various governments and international organizations including the Council of Europe and has contributed commentaries to international media such as the Guardian, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Neophytos' research interests focus on political institution building within violently divided societies particularly on how electoral systems, power-sharing and other formal or informal mechanisms can help mitigate minority/majority disputes.
He is currently involved in collaborative projects with primary focus on the study of: the reversals of forced displacements funded by grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (with Djordje Stefanovic and Betul Celik $40,796), the BA (Mid-Career Fellowship £79,447) and the Leverhulme Trust (£40,076) and alternative power-sharing arrangements (with Professor John McGarry, formerly Senior Advisor on power-sharing to the United Nations and advisor to the UN mediation team in Cyprus).
He is also a Co-Investigator in a British Academic Newton Advanced Fellowship on the transformation of the Cypriot diaspora as peace agents (with Dr Isik Kuscu, METU Ankara, £97,698), CO-I for the A.G. Leventis Foundation grant (with Charis Psaltis) on ‘Cypriot IDP Preferences in Peace Talks’, and a Co-I for the ESRC-funded project on ‘Truth, Accountability or Impunity? Transitional Justice after Economic Crisis’ (£521,257).
His most recent project is funded by the US Institute of Peace (with Edward Morgan-Jones, Laura Sudulich and Feargal Cochrane)
and investigates citizen preferences in the design of effective peace processes ($95.678). This project relies on conjoint experiments probing respondents to rate two or more hypothetical packages that have multiple attributes with the objective of estimating zones of possible agreement (e.g. packages that are acceptable to both sides in a conflict) as well as the impact of each concession in the overall public opinion. As peace settlements aim to address multiple dimensions, this novel approach helps identify the precise tradeoffs the public might accept contributing to concise visual maps of cross-community preferences for the different components of a negotiated settlement. Besides running survey experiments in Northern Ireland and Cyprus,
He has led the development of an online platform ‘the Settlement Scenario Toolkit’ which allows individuals to design their own packages on a complex multi-issue, multi-party dispute and based on existing data to calculate the level of public support for each compromise package.
Neophytos is interested in supervising projects on topics focusing on institutional accommodation in divided societies, durable solutions to displacement and the stability of peace agreements in post-conflict settings. Other areas of potential interests are federalism, semi-presidential arrangements, electoral systems (particularly PR-proportional representation) and referendums.
He has extensive supervisory experience including 25 articles which have been published/forthcoming so far either jointly or sole-authored by students at all levels - undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral. These publications have appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Nations and Nationalism, Cooperation and Conflict and West European Politics.
His PhD students have been appointed so far in academic positions at City University, Kings College London and the University of Cyprus as well as receiving prestigious fellowships from Yale, Princeton, NYU and Marburg and international distinctions from the International Studies Association, the Portuguese National Science Foundation, and the Irish Political Science Association. Dr Julian De Medeiros published his doctoral thesis as a book entitled Conspiracy Theory in Turkey: Democracy, Protest and the Modern State in 2018 while Joanna Amaral published Making Peace with Referendums with Syracuse University Press in 2019.