Dr George Kyris

Dr George Kyris

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Lecturer in International and European Politics
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Contact details

Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr George Kyris is Lecturer in International and European Politics.

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  • PhD in Politics, University of Manchester, 2011
  • MA in International Relations, University of Manchester, 2007


Dr George Kyris joined the department of Political Science and International Studies in 2014 as a Lecturer in International and European Politics. In 2016, he was awarded a Leverhume Early Career Fellowship (2017-2020) for a project that focuses on international organisations and international conflict. Previously, he has been a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick, a Research Fellow at the LSE and has also taught at the University of Manchester.

His main research interests are international conflict, especially with reference to secession, unrecognised states, international organisation and debates on sovereignty. From a regional point of view, Dr Kyris’ research has focused a lot on the European Union.

Dr Kyris' list of publications includes his book 'The Europeanisation of Contested Statehood: The EU in northern Cyprus' (Routledge 2015), articles for the Journal of Common Market Studies, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations  and Geopolitics (see publications) and he has also been invited to comment for international and regional media. Media availability in spoken and written English and Greek.





Research interests

  • International conflict, secession, unrecognised states and the role of international organisations
  • European Union
  • Sovereignty

Current projects

Conflict, Statehood and Sovereignty (2017-2020, Funded by the Leverhulme Trust in the context of an Early Career Fellowship)
Why do international organisations recognise some secessions but not others? How do they approach unrecognised states? What does that tell us about the way statehood is understood and what are the implications for conflict management? Drawing on debates on sovereignty and using a range of methods, this project will offer a missing conceptualisation of conflicts of sovereignty, will highlight opportunities for security promotion and suggest ways in which limitations can be overcome.

Past Projects

Sovereignties of Birmingham (Funded by the British Academy/ Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Being Human Festival 2017)

This project was part of the Being Human festival, which seeks to foster public engagement with humanities’ research. The project was based on interactive talks across different communities of Birmingham and triggered a thought-provoking discussion of the issue of sovereignty. It approached sovereignty as a condition that is continuously lost and found throughout the ages, from the Tudor era, during which Monarchs found themselves sovereign for the first time, to the expansion of sovereignty under the British Empire and the perceived loss of sovereignty because of European integration or globalisation. The project included guided history walks and allowed locals to see familiar places of their community through the lenses of sovereignty and its history.

LSE European Institute Fellowship

This fellowship (2013) allowed research on the role of the European Union in conflict, and particularly the example of Cyprus. Amongst the outputs of the fellowship was a research visit to the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI) and an article for the European Foreign Affairs Review.


Dr Kyris’ doctoral research (University of Manchester, 2007-2011) filled an important gap in the literature by exploring the impact the European Union has on unrecognised states, focusing in particular on the example of the TRNC in Cyprus. Outputs from this research project include Dr Kyris’ first monograph (Routledge 2015) and various articles for leading peer-reviewed journals (see also Publications).

Other activities

Membership and Editorial Positions

  • Higher Education Academy Fellow
  • Member of: Studies Association (ISA), the British International Studies Association (BISA), the Universities Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), the UACES Brexit Network and the PSA Greek Politics Specialist Group.
  • Reviewer for a range of publications, including Oxford University Press, Manchester University Press Palgrave MacMillan and a range of academic journals. 
  • In Birmingham, Dr Kyris has been co-convenor of the European Studies Research Group and member of the Political Settlements research group.
  • Dr Kyris writes regularly for The Conversation and The Guardian.



'Kyris, G. (2015). The Europeanisation of Contested Statehood, London: Routledge

Peer-reviewed Articles

Kyris, G. 2018. Sovereignty and Engagement without Recognition: Explaining the Failure of Conflict Resolution in Cyprus, Ethnopolitics, https://doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2018.1495364

Bouris, D. and Kyris, G. (2017) 'Europeanisation, Sovereignty and Contested States: The European Union in northern Cyprus and Palestine’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Christou,G. and Kyris, G. (2017), ‘The Impact of the Eurozone Crisis on National Foreign Policy: Enhancing Europeanization in the Case of Cyprus’, Journal of Common Market Studies, DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12557

Kyris, G. (2015) The Fifth Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union: The Most Unlikely Captain?. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 53: 75–82

Kyris, G (2014) "The Europeanisation of ‘internalised’ conflicts: The case of Cyprus", European Foreign Affairs Review, 19 (3)

Kyris, G. (2014) ‘A Model of "Contested Statehood": The EU and the Turkish Cypriot Administration,’ Journal of Comparative European Politics, DOI: 10.1057

Kyris, G. (2013) ‘Europeanisation Beyond the Contested State: The EU and the Turkish Cypriot Civil Society', Journal of Common Market Studies, 51(5): 866–883

Kyris, G. (2013) ‘The Europeanisation of Contested Statehood? The EU in Kosovo and the Turkish Cypriot Administration’, Studia Diplomatica, LXVI: 1(*Selected for the international series of the European Commission Central Library)

Kyris, G. (2012) ‘Europeanisation and the Turkish Cypriot Political Parties: How Europe Matters’, Turkish Studies, 13 (3): 471-487 

Kyris, G. (2012) ‘The EU and the Cyprus Problem: A story of Limited Impetus’, Eastern Journal of European Studies, 3 (1): 87-99

Kyris, G. (2011) ‘Turkey, Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot Political Parties: The Ephemeral Catalyst of EU?’, Turkish Policy Quarterly, 10 (2): 97-105

Kyris, G. and Maltby, T., eds. (2011) ‘The EU as a Global Actor: Present and Future Challenges’, (co-edited with Tomas Maltby), Political Perspectives, 5 (2)

Kyris, G. ‘Europeanisation and “Internalised” Conflicts: The Case of Cyprus’ , LSE Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe, GreeSE Paper No. 84

Book Chapters

Kyris G. (2014), ‘How and Why the EU Still Matters for the Cyprus Problem’, in Ker-Lindsay, J., ed., Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution, London: I.B. Tauris

Kyris, G. (2013) 'The EU, Turkey and the Cyprus Problem: The Failure of A Catalyst?', in Hoffman, L. and CengizF., eds., Turkey and the EU, London: Routledge


  • International Conflict 
  • the European Union
  • Greece, Turkey, Cyprus

Languages and other information

Media availability in spoken and written English and Greek.

Media experience

Dr Kyris has extensive media experience. He has been invited to comment for international and regional media, such as the BBC Website, Radio and TV on a variety of international and European issues, including conflict, the Eurozone crisis and the centenary of World War One. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Conversation and has also written for policy platforms like LSE BlogsManchester Policy Blogs or the Greek Politics Specialist Group and for leading European news agencies, like Euractiv and EUObserver.

Policy experience

In 2015, Dr Kyris' evidence was selected by the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee.

In 2014, Dr Kyris' evidence was included in the UK Foreign Office Review of Balance of Competences, the 'most extensive analysis of EU action ever taken by a member state'.

Dr Kyris has also been a Country Expert for the Varieties of Democracy project, University of Gothenburg and has contributed to the European Council on Foreign Relations Scoreboard 2015.