Keele academic presents research to Cypriot delegates

An academic from Keele’s School of Psychology was invited to present findings from his recent research to officials from Cyprus at an event in London this month.

Dr Huseyin Cakal was asked to give a talk at the University of Westminster at an event organised by the Cyprus High Commission, the Royal Commonwealth Society Cyprus Branch, and the School of Law at the University of Nicosia.

Dr Cakal shared findings from his recent work on the Cyprus peace process in a talk titled
What Do the Refugees Think about the New Cyprus Peace Process: Findings from Recent Research Conducted among Greek Cypriot Refugees.

The research focused on Greek Cypriot refugees in Cyprus, and the impact of anticipated threats and economic opportunities accompanying a settlement. The research also suggests a set of institutionalised mechanisms to incorporate the views of refugees and other disadvantaged groups in future reunification talks.

Guests at the event included Euripides L. Evriviades, the High Commissioner of Cyprus, and Dr Marios Psaras, Cultural Counsellor at the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus.

Dr Cakal said: “When constructing peace in the post-conflict period, it is fundamental to actively involve those who suffered from the conflict in the processes of peace-making and reconciliation.

“In such cases, it is the decision-makers’ responsibility to promote and facilitate such involvement both within and across the communities that have fought each other.”