Cyprus appears to be a success story so far, as the early lockdown and interruption of flights has meant a comparatively low number of COVID-19 related deaths. Nonetheless, in addition to the health impacts of the virus, the pandemic and lockdown have had major effects on business, communities, families, individuals and the state.
We welcome interdisciplinary proposals that address at least two of the following aspects:
1. Bi-communal relations: the consequences of how the two communities have been impacted by COVID-19.
2. Policy delivery: an evaluation of best practices and good governance initiatives in public health, and alternative policy models and strategies for progress in the future.
3. Citizenship: the implications of restrictions on individual freedoms and political participation due to the ‘state of exception’.
4. Economic impacts: the impacts on the island’s tourist- and real estate-led economy
5. Diasporic relations: the impacts on the Cypriot diaspora due to the disproportionate number of deaths among British Cypriots, for example.
An essential requirement is a collaboration with an LSE academic (Assistant Professor equivalent or higher), with a target budget for the LSE component in the area of at least 10% of the total project budget.