Politics and International Relations


Neophytos Loizides joined the School in September 2011 and has been a Chair in International Conflict Analysis since October 2016. Dr. Loizides is the author of The Politics of Majority Nationalism: Framing Peace, Stalemates, and Crises published by Stanford University Press (2015) and Designing Peace: Cyprus and Institutional Innovations in Divided Societies published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (2016). He is also the co-editor (with Oded Haklai) of Settlers in Contested Lands: Territorial Disputes and Ethnic Conflicts and has authored more than thirty academic articles and book chapters in the areas of nationalism, forced displacement 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, Comparative Politics and the Journal of Refugee Studies.

Dr Loizides received his PhD at the University of Toronto and held fellowships at the Belfer Centre at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Solomon Asch Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MA at the Central European University and a BA at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Kent, he has been a Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast, 2006-2011 and Princeton University, 2005-6. Dr Loizides is the Associate Editor of Nationalism and Ethnic Politics published by Taylor and Francis and sits in the editorial board of Contemporary Southeastern Europe and Federal Governance published by the Forum of Federations. He has been the recipient of the 2016 Faculty of Social Sciences Research Prize at the University of Kent.

Dr Loizides has been involved in a number of policy relevant projects focusing on the study of alternative power-sharing arrangements (with John McGarry, Senior Advisor to the United Nations), confidence-building measures in post-conflict societies (with James Ker-Lindsay, supported through a consultancy with the Council of Europe) and the study of durable solutions to forced displacements (with Djordje Stefanovic) funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada as well as two current research awards by the British Academy (Mid-Career Fellowship 2014-5) and the Leverhulme Trust (Research Fellowship 2015-6). His also a co-PI for the ESRC-funded project on ‘Truth, Accountability or Impunity? Transitional Justice after Economic Crisis’ (with Iosif Kovras).

Dr. Loizides has also offered expert advice to the following organizations: the Council of Europe, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament, the Forum for Cities in Transition, the Greek and Turkish Cypriot Negotiating Team, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Colombian Presidency and the UN Standby Team (Mediation Support Unit). He has also contributed commentaries to international media outlets such as the Guardian, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Contact Information


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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Cochrane, F., Loizides, N. and Bodson, T. (2018). Mediating Power-Sharing: Devolution and Consociationalism in Deeply Divided Societies. [Online]. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Available at: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351250566.
Loizides, N. (2015). Designing Peace: Cyprus and Institutional Innovations in Divided Societies. [Online]. University of Pennsylvania Press. Available at: http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15427.html.
Loizides, N. (2015). The Politics of Majority Nationalism: Framing Peace, Stalemates and Crises. [Online]. Stanford, Calif., USA: Stanford University Press. Available at: http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=21483.
Ozaltin, D., Loizides, N. and Shakir, F. (2019). Why Do People Flee? Revisiting Forced Migration in Post-Saddam Baghdad. Journal of International Migration and Integration [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12134-019-00674-z.
Psaltis, C., Loizides, N., LaPierre, A. and Stefanovic, D. (2019). Transitional justice and acceptance of cohabitation in Cyprus. Ethnic and Racial Studies [Online]:1-20. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2019.1574508.
Neophytos, L. (2018). Does the right of return exist in International Law and Practice?. unspecified.
Hall, J., Kovras, I., Stefanovic, D. and Loizides, N. (2018). Exposure to Violence and Attitudes Towards Transitional Justice. Political Psychology [Online] 39:345-363. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pops.12412.
Stefanovic, D. and Loizides, N. (2017). Peaceful Returns: Reversing Ethnic Cleansing after the Bosnian War. International Migration [Online] 55:217-234. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imig.12382.
Metivier, S., Stefanovic, D. and Loizides, N. (2017). Struggling for and Within the Community: What Leads Bosnian Forced Migrants to Desire Community Return?. Ethnopolitics [Online]:1-18. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2017.1349636.
Stefanovic, D., Loizides, N. and Parsons, S. (2015). Home is Where the Heart Is? Forced Migration and Voluntary Return in Turkey's Kurdish Regions. Journal of Refugee Studies [Online] 28:276-296. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feu029.
McGarry, J. and Loizides, N. (2015). Power-Sharing in a Re-United Cyprus: Centripetal Coalitions vs. Proportional Sequential Coalitions. International Journal of Constitutional Law [Online] 13:847-872. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icon/mov071.
Loizides, N. (2014). Negotiated settlements and peace referendums. European Journal of Political Research [Online] 53:234-249. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12043.
Kovras, I. and Loizides, N. (2014). The Sovereign Debt Crisis in Southern Europe: Majoritarian Pitfalls?. Comparative Politics 47:1-20.
Moore, G., Loizides, N., Sandal, N. and Lordos, A. (2013). Winning Peace Frames: Intra-Ethnic Outbidding in Northern Ireland and Cyprus. West European Politics [website of West European Politics (published online)] 37:159-181. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2013.801576.
Sandal, N. and Loizides, N. (2013). Center-right parties in peace processes: 'Slow Learning' or punctuated peace socialization?. Political Studies [Online] 61:401-421. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.00971.x.
Kovras, I. and Loizides, N. (2012). Protracted Stalemates and Conflict Intervention: Policy (Un)Learning and the Cyprus-EU Debacle. Ethnopolitics [Online] 11:406-423. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2012.697653.
Loizides, N. (2011). Contested migration and settler politics in Cyprus. Political Geography [Online] 30:391-401. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2011.08.004.
Kovras, I. and Loizides, N. (2011). Delaying truth recovery for missing persons. Nations and Nationalism [Online] 17:520-539. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8129.2009.00437.x.
Suzuki, A. and Loizides, N. (2011). Escalation of interstate crises of conflictual dyads: Greece-Turkey and India-Pakistan. Cooperation and Conflict [Online] 46:21-39. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010836710396770.
Stefanovic, D. and Loizides, N. (2011). The way home: Peaceful return of victims of ethnic cleansing. Human Rights Quarterly [Online] 33:408-430. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hrq.2011.0029.
Loizides, N., Kovras, I. and Ireton, K. (2011). Federalism, Reconciliation and Power-Sharing in post-conflict societies. Federal Governance [Online] 8:1-14. Available at: http://library.queensu.ca/ojs/index.php/fedgov/article/view/4373.
Loizides, N. (2010). State ideology and the Kurds in Turkey. Middle Eastern Studies [Online] 46:513-527. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00263206.2010.492987.
Megwalu, A. and Loizides, N. (2010). Dilemmas of Justice and Reconciliation: Rwandans and the Gacaca Courts. African Journal of International and Comparative Law [Online] 18:1-23. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/E0954889009000486.
Loizides, N. and Antoniades, M. (2009). Negotiating the right of return. Journal of Peace Research [Online] 46:611-622. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022343309339245.
Loizides, N. (2009). The presidential election in Cyprus, February 2008. Electoral Studies [Online] 28:163-166. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2008.09.002.
Loizides, N. (2009). Religious nationalism and adaptation in Southeast Europe. Nationalities Papers [Online] 37:203-227. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00905990902745742.
Loizides, N. (2009). Elite framing and conflict transformation in Turkey. Parliamentary Affairs [Online] 62:278-297. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsn038.
Loizides, N. (2007). Ethnic nationalism and adaptation in Cyprus. International Studies Perspectives [Online] 8:172-189. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1528-3585.2007.00279.x.
Loizides, N. and Keskiner, E. (2004). The Aftermath of the Annan Plan Referendums: Cross-Voting Moderation for Cyprus?. Southeast European Politics [Online] V:158-171. Available at: http://www.seep.ceu.hu/archives/issue52/loizides-keskider.pdf.
Loizides, N. (2004). Crisis Management in the Eastern Mediterranean: Implications for Policymakers. Etudes Helleniques/ Hellenic Studies [Online] 12:39-56. Available at: http://www.mediterraneanstudies.gr/greek/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53&Itemid=85.
Loizides, N. (2002). Greek-Turkish dilemmas and the Cyprus EU accession process. Security Dialogue 33:429-442.
Book section
Loizides, N. and Kutlay, M. (2019). The Cyprus Stalemate: Opportunities for Peace and Lessons from Turkish-Bulgarian Ethnic Relations. In: Heraclides, A. and Cakmak, G. eds. Greece and Turkey in Conflict and Cooperation. Routledge. Available at: https://www.crcpress.com/Greece-and-Turkey-in-Conflict-and-Cooperation-From-Europeanization-to-De-Europeanization/Heraclides-Cakmak/p/book/9781138301887.
Loizides, N. and McGarry, J. (2019). The 2002-2004 Annan Plan in Cyprus: An Attempted UN-Mediated Constitutional Transition. In: Anderson, G. and Choudhry, S. eds. Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions. Oxford University Press. Available at: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/territory-and-power-in-constitutional-transitions-9780198836544?q=Territory%20and%20Power%20in%20Constitutional%20Transitions&lang=en&cc=gb.
Loizides, N. and Ekenoglu, B. (2018).Refugees, Settlers and Diasporas in the Cyprus Conflict." In: Michael, M. and Vural, Y. eds. Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace: A Critical Interrogation of the Conflict. Edward Elgar, pp. 119-135.
Loizides, N. (2017). Stalled Conflicts in the Mediterranean. In: Gillespie, R. and Volpi, F. eds. Routledge Handbook of Mediterranean Politics. Routledge, pp. 171-181. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/9781138903982.
Bodson, T. and Loizides, N. (2017). Consociationalism in the Brussels Capital Region: Dis-Proportional Representation and the Accommodation of National Minorities. In: McCulloch, A. and McGarry, J. eds. Power-Sharing: Empirical and Normative Challenges. Routledge.
Loizides, N. (2015). Ontological Security and Ethnic Adaptation in Cyprus. In: Rumelili, B. ed. Conflict Resolution and Ontologicial Security : Peace Anxieties. Routledge, pp. 71-94. Available at: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415749121/.
Loizides, N. (2015). Challenging Partition in Cyprus: Five Success Stories. In: Ker-Lindsay, J. ed. Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution. London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 178-185.
Loizides, N. (2015). Settlers and Mobilization in Cyprus: Antinomies of Ethnic Conflict and Immigration Politics. In: Settler Politics in Contested Lands: Territorial Disputes and Ethnic Conflicts. Stanford University Press, pp. 168-192.
Loizides, N. (2012). Transformations of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot Right. In: Trimikliniotis, N. and Bozkurt, U. eds. Beyond a Divided Cyprus: A State and Society in Transformation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 185-201.
Loizides, N. (2009). The Challenge of a Constitutional Convention for Cyprus. In: Auer, A. and Triga, V. eds. A Constitutional Convention for Cyprus. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Berlin. Available at: http://www.wvberlin.de/data/inhalt/inhaltsverzeichnisse_pdf/978-3-86573-423-5.pdf.
Loizides, N. (2009). An Appraisal of the Functionality of Annan Plan V. In: Varnavas, A. and Faustmann, H. eds. Reunifying Cyprus: The Annan Plan and Beyond. London: I. B. Tauris, pp. 87-99. Available at: http://www.ibtauris.com/Books/Society%20%20social%20sciences/Politics%20%20government/International%20relations/Geopolitics/Reunifying%20Cyprus%20The%20Annan%20Plan%20and%20Beyond.aspx.
Loizides, N. and Ersin, E. (2006). The EU Challenge: A View from the Turkish Grand National Assembly. In: Joseph, J. S. ed. Turkey and the European Union: Internal and External Challenges. Palgrave, pp. 71-82. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/pdfs/0230005497.pdf.
Datasets / databases
Loizides, N. (2009). Greek-Turkish Negotiations and Crises 1983-2003. [Online]. Available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentrefortheStudyofEthnicConflict/TeachingResearch/Datasets/Greek-TurkishNegotiationsandCrises1983-2003.
Loizides, N. (2009). Referendums in Peace Processes. [Online]. Available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentrefortheStudyofEthnicConflict/TeachingResearch/Datasets/ReferendumsinPeaceProcesses/.
Edited book
Haklai, O. and Loizides, N.G. eds. (2015). Settlers, Mobilization, and Displacement in Cyprus: Antinomies of Ethnic Conflict and Immigration Politics. [Online]. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Available at: http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=21544.
Research report (external)
Psaltis, C., Stefanovic, D. and Neophytos, L. (2017). Current Views of Greek Cypriot Displaced Persons on Return and Property Restitution (summary). Friends of Cyprus.
Loizides, N. (2013). The Make-Believe Space: Affective Geography in a Postwar Polity. Journal of Historical Geography [Online] 42:226-227. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2013.07.020.
Kovras, I. and Loizides, N. (2013). The Media and the Far Right in Western Europe. Journal of Politics [Online] 75:21-33. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022381613000613.
Loizides, N. (2012). Challenging Transnational Security Regimes. International Peacekeeping [Online] 19:142-144. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13533312.2012.642181.
Loizides, N. (2003). Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding: Keeping the Peace in the Cyprus Crisis of 1963-64. International Journal [Online] 57:663-664. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/002070200205700420.
Sucuoglu, G. (2015). Reframing Responsibility: The Limitations and Potential of International Narratives in Statebuilding.
Fokaides, C. (2014). Reconciling Nation and State: Glafkos Clerides and Political Transformation in Cyprus.
Loizides, N. (2005). Majority-Group Crisis Behavior: Restraint Vs Confrontation. Available at: http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Majority_group_Crisis_Behavior_microform.html?id=yZHfAAAACAAJ&redir_esc=y.
Visual media
Loizides, N. (2018). Professor Neophytos Loizides, Interview at CYBC. [CYBC]. CYBC. Available at: http://cybc.com.cy/video-on-demand/.
Total publications in KAR: 55 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies
  • Refugees and Displaced Persons
  • Federalism and Consociationalism
  • Political Parties in Divided Societies
  • Human Rights and Transitional Justice
  • Settler Politics in Contested Territories
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Current Projects

Dr Loizides is currently a co-investigator with Dr. Djordje Stefanovic (principal-investigator) for ‘The Way Home: Peaceful Return of Victims of Ethnic Cleansing’ project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada (40,796 CAD).

Research Supervision

My supervision philosophy focuses on integrating students into my research projects or supporting them in a wide-range of independently chosen projects. My supervisees have received a number of prestigious awards, fellowships, and highly competitive prizes (please see CV). Under my supervision eighteen articles are now published or forthcoming either jointly or sole-authored by students at all levels - undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral. I have successfully supervised a number of doctoral projects including Dr. Nicole Klitzsch who has examined the impact of environmental disasters in conflict transformation in Aceh and Sri Lanka and Dr. Iosif Kovras who has explored post-conflict exhumations for victims of violence in Spain and Cyprus. Dr Kovras received the Irish Political Studies Association Basil Chubb Prize for the best PhD thesis in 2012.I have particularly devoted attention to preparing students for publishing and so far supervisees had their academic work published or forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, Cooperation and Conflict, Nations and Nationalism, Electoral Studies, History and Anthropology, African Journal of International and Comparative Law, Time and Society and Federal Governance (a student-led special issue on Federalism and Reconciliation).

I would be interested in supervising PhD students with interest in comparative ethnic conflict, party transformation, discourse and framing analysis, transitional justice and identity politics. I would be also welcoming towards perspective students interested in the topics listed in my CV or more broadly.

Current Doctoral Projects:

Andy Jeffs, Peacebuilding Palestinians: The Hamas-Fatah Rapprochement 

Joana Amaral,Elite Mediation and Grassroots Support for Peace Settlements: Differential Community Support in Cyprus and Northern Ireland 

Nina Sajic External Relations and Autonomy of Federated Units: Comparative Analysis of Flanders and the Republic of Srpska

Gizem Sucuoglu The European Union as a Responsible Global Actor: EU’s contribution to Statebuilding Efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Palestinian territories

Natalia Piotrowska Uncovering Turkish-Israeli Relations: Images of Friends and Foes

Julian Topf Aguiar De Medeiros Protest and Mobilization in Global Swing States: Democratization and Contentious Politics in Turkey and Brazil

Muzaffer Kutlay Europeanization of Minority Rights in New Member and Candidate Countries: The Cases of Bulgaria, Croatia and Montenegro

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PO654 The Politics of Deeply Divided Societies



P0828 Theories of Conflict and Violence


Please note, Dr Loizides will be on a fellowship with the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust in 2014-16 and will not be teaching these modules during this time.


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