Dr Christalla Yakinthou is a Birmingham Fellow, and member of the Institute for Conflict, Co-operation and Security in the University of Birmingham's POLSIS department.
Her areas of research interest include transitional justice and conflict transformation, the protection of human rights, political design for conflict societies, power-sharing, and the role of ethnic conflict and historical memory in political architecture. She has an active interest in the politics of the MENA and Mediterranean region.
She is firmly committed to bridging the divide between academia and practice. Prior to her appointment at Birmingham, she worked extensively in transitional justice and conflict transformation. Between 2009 and 2011 she established and managed the International Center for Transitional Justice's (ICTJ) Cyprus Program. In 2011 she moved to ICTJ's MENA headquarters in Beirut, where she primarily managed projects on memory and conflict in Lebanon. She has provided policy advice for international organisations, large NGOs, and a number of governments.
She is also co-founder of the Bluestocking Institute for Global Peace and Justice, an Australia-based NGO fostering dialogue on issues of global importance including peacebuilding, sustainable development, and social movements.
Selected authored and edited volumes:
Wolff, S. and Yakinthou, C. (eds), (2011), Conflict Management in Divided Societies: Theories and Practice, London: Routledge
Yakinthou, C. (2009), Political Settlements in Divided Societies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Selected journal articles:
Yakinthou, C. (2009), The European Union's Management of the Cyprus Conflict: System Failure or Structural Metamorphosis?, Ethnopolitics, 8:307-323
Yakinthou, C (2009), Reflections on a Meditrated Conflict, Ethnopolitics, 8:243-246
Yakinthou, C. (2008), The Quiet Deflation of Den Xehno? Changes in the Greek Cypriot Communal Narrative on the Missing Persons in Cyprus’, The Cyprus Review, 20:15-33
Selected book chapters:
Yakinthou, C. (2011), 'Cyprus', in Wolff, S. and Yakinthou, C. (eds.), Conflict Management in Divided Societies: Theories and Practice, London: Routledge
Varnava, A., and Yakinthou, C., (2011), 'Cyprus: Political Modernity and Institutions of Democracy in a Divided Island', in The Oxford Handbook of Sub-National Democracy in Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Yakinthou, C. (2009), 'The House that Annan Built?', in Varnavas, A. and Faustmann, H., (eds.) Reunifying Cyprus: The Annan Plan and Beyond, London: I.B. Tauris