Funded Projects

The project was concerned with the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus, which has the humanitarian mandate of locating the remains of those who went missing during the violence of the 1960s and 1970s on the island. Additionally, over the years, the CMP has claimed to be acting as a peacebuilding institution and helping to promote reconciliation between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. The objective of the project was to assess the success of the CMP, as both a humanitarian and peacebuilding institution. 

Evidence for this assessment was obtained from an extensive review of the literature on the CMP and missing persons more generally, as well as a series of interviews with key stakeholders. In total, 34 interviews took place between December 2019 and April 2020: four with employees or ex-employees of the CMP (two from each community), two with journalists that have been actively following and reporting on the issue of the missing over the last decades (one from each community) and 28 interviews with relatives of missing persons, whose remains have already been identified and returned. 21 of the relatives were Greek Cypriot and seven were Turkish Cypriot, reflecting approximately the ratio of missing persons between the two communities.

The project results suggest that the CMP has been fairly successful in achieving its humanitarian mandate, but that it has not been particularly effective when acting as a peacebuilding institution.

The project was running between January and December 2020 and was funded by the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Foundation. You can find additional information about the project here.

Results from this research are available at:

Research results have been/ will be presented at:

  • 15th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference – ‘Indirect Victims of Conflict: International Humanitarian Law Protections of the Rights and Interests of Relatives’ (online, 9-11 November 2020).
  • 12th Biennial MESEA Conference – ‘Communities of Engagement: Contesting Borders, Barriers and Walls in the Era of Climate Crisis’ (postponed to 2021, due to COVID-19)

Foreign domestic workers are typically the female, third country nationals, who clean the homes of Cypriot families and care for their children, elderly and disabled members when relatives cannot, and the state will not, provide alternative support structures. This project focused on foreign domestic workers as a particular category of migrants because of their sheer number and extreme vulnerability.

The project’s research objectives were to identify the challenges faced by foreign domestic workers in Cyprus and to make recommendations on how such challenges can be addressed at a policy level. The project identified these challenges by relying on library-based research and a series of questionnaires with 150 foreign domestic workers, 21 in-depth interviews and two focus groups with a total of 20 participants.

A secondary research question for the project focused on whether the poor living and working conditions of foreign domestic workers in Cyprus can be explained by taking into account the frozen conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots that permeates all political life on the island.

The project was running between January and December 2020. It was funded by the London School of Economic Hellenic Observatory under its A.G. Leventis Research Innovation Programme on Cyprus. You can find additional information about the project here

Results from this research are available at:

Research results have been/will be presented at:

  • Training members of the Republic of Cyprus Police Force who are in frequent contact with foreign domestic workers (23 September 2020)
  • London School of Economics 2020/2021 Seminar Series (16 February 2021)