Neophytos Loizides joined the School in September 2011 and he will be a Chair in International Conflict Analysis as of 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.
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- 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)
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).
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
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.