Spyros Sofos

Research Coordinator - Researcher

Spyros joined CMES in September 2012.

He is currently Research Coordinator, liaising with the University’s Research Service, providing support to researchers at CMES, identifying funding opportunities and working on the development of university, national and international collaboration in research and research-related activities. He is also one of the CMES coordinators of a Lund University Commissioned Education project for Migrationsverket.

He has been teaching MA courses on Politics and International Relations in the Middle East; Dictatorship, Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East, Discourses and Debates on the Middle East and coordinating War, Peace and Security in the Middle East. He has also taught undergraduate courses on Middle Eastern Politics, Regional Security in the Middle East, Introduction to the Middle East, Kurdish Societies and Politics and 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, Visiting Professor at the Sts Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje and on Southeastern European Politics at the University of Oxford and 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. He has examined doctoral dissertations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Kingston University, Loughborough University and the University of Wales, Bangor.

He has been a founding member and part of the management group of the Centre for European and International Studies Research of Portsmouth University and of the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence of Kingston University as well as director of the Mediterranean Studies Group of Portsmouth University.

His research interests include the study of social identities, collective action, conflict and conflict transformation and insecurity - his current work focuses on Muslim communities in Europe, a comparison of contentious politics in Europe and the Middle East, the mediation of Jihad, the ‘social construction’ of the Islamic State (IS) and the lived experience of politics in Turkey.

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.

Publications

Books (5)
Articles (5)
Book chapters (11)
Conference contributions (2)
Working papers (3)
Newspaper articles (4)
Miscellaneous (1)

Contact

spyros.sofoscme.luse

+46 46 222 9156

Exploring Muslim Identitites in Europe

Area of Expertise

Turkey, Kurdistan regional government, Rojava, Islamic State, Kurdish issue, minorities in the Middle East, Conflict, Divided societies, Muslims in Sweden/Muslims in Europe, Radicalism and violent extremism, Greece, Iraq, Syria, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, extreme Right in Europe.