Spyros Sofos


Spyros joined CMES in September 2012. He has been teaching MA courses on ‘Politics and International Relations in the Middle East’; ‘Dictatorship, Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East’ and ‘Discourses and Debates on the Middle East’ as well as undergraduate courses on ‘Middle Eastern Politics’, ‘Regional Security in the Middle East’ and on Contemporary Turkish Politics’. In addition to teaching and supervising MA Dissertations in Middle Eastern and in European Studies, he is also coordinating the In Search of a Model for the Middle East: A Comparison of the Turkish and Nordic Experiences research project with Umut Özkırımlı and Andrea Sophie Karlsson.

He has previously been a Senior Research Fellow in International Politics at the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence of Kingston University, a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Portsmouth University. He has also been Visiting Lecturer on Conflict Analysis, Nationalism and Human Rights at the University of Siena (MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action), on Nationalism and Multiculturalism at Tartu University and on Southeastern European Politics at Istanbul Bilgi University, as well as a NATO Research Fellow.

Spyros has launched and directed Kingston’s MSc in International Conflict, taught extensively at postgraduate and undergraduate levels and has supervised and seen to completion several doctoral projects. His research interests include the study of social identities, collective action, conflict and conflict transformation - his current work focuses on Muslim communities in Europe, a comparison of contentious politics in Europe and the Middle East, the mediation of Jihad, and the ‘social construction’ of the Islamic State (IS).

He is member of the advisory board of Transconflict, a conflict transformation NGO. He has been a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Area StudiesMediterranean Politics and the Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans and is editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. He is currently editing a book series on ‘Islam and Nationalism’ (with Umut Özkırımlı) for Palgrave Macmillan.


Books (4)
Articles (3)
Book chapters (8)
Conference contributions (2)
Working papers (3)
Newspaper articles (3)
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Exploring Muslim Identitites in Europe

Area of Expertise

Islamic State, Kurdish, Christian and Alawite minorities, Muslims in Sweden/Muslims in Europe, Turkey, Kurdistan regional government, Greece, Iraq, Syria.