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Youth and Politics in Protracted Conflicts: A comparative approach on hope for a settlement and return of IDPs

Project Coordinator and Principal Researcher: Dr Charis Psaltis
January 2020 - December 2020


The purpose of this project is to explore the views of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youth (18-29 year olds) on the resolution of the Cyprus problem and to compare those with the views of Jews and Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories about the conflict between them. The project proposes a novel theoretical approach that looks into the issue of displacement and return in both internally displaced people (IDP) and non-IDP populations among Cypriot displaced persons and Palestinians. The project will lead to specific recommendations for the Cyprus peace process and the development of a transferable methodology for public opinion surveys among IDPs and refugees across divided societies in relation to the theme of hope.

Project Outputs

Press and Media

- Umut, Derya Beyatlı, YeniDüzen, 19 September 2020

Επιθυμούν λύση οι Κύπριοι και στις δύο κοινότητες – Νέα έρευνα με συμμετοχή Ε/κ και Τ/κ, George Kafkalias, Politis, 27 September 2020

- Dr Charis Psaltis presented preliminary findings of the Research Project in Alpha News Live, 5 October 2020


Research Team

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Project Coordinator and Principal Researcher: Charis Psaltis, Associate Professor of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Cyprus

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Co-Principal Researcher 1: Eran Halperin, Professor of Psychology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 


Co-Principal Researcher 2: Neophytos Loizides, Professor of International Conflict Analysis; Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent

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Researcher: Djordje Stefanovic, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide


Researcher: Oded Adomi Leshem, Postdoctoral Fellow, Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace; Postdoctoral Fellow, PICR Lab, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

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Researcher: Huseyin Cakal, Lecturer in Psychology, School of Psychology, Keele University