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There is No Plan(et) B: youth activism in the fight against climate change in Cyprus

Project Coordinator & Principal Researcher: Professor Spyros Spyrou
January 2020 - May 2021


This project studies the phenomenon of youth politics and activism from the perspective of youth themselves, through the case study of youth activism on climate change in Cyprus. Understanding non-formal forms of youth political participation in Cyprus is of critical importance in light of the emerging global discussions on climate change, the visible effects of climate change on the planet and its impact on both nature and human lives. The recent focus of public debate has been the discovery of natural gas in Cyprus’s exclusive economic (maritime) zone which has become a contested political issue between the Republic and Turkey. However, public debate on climate change has been greatly absent in Cyprus. The project will shed light on the role of youth in the fight against climate change and contribute towards creating more knowledge and awareness about their voices and political participation as well as work towards highlighting their role as equal members of society.


An open online discussion between young activists and stakeholders on climate change was organised on 7 October 2020.


Research Team

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Project Coordinator and Principal Researcher: Spyros Spyrou, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, European University Cyprus 

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Co-Principal Researcher: Eleni Theodorou, Associate Professor Social Foundations of Education, European University Cyprus 


Researcher: Georgina Christou, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus