Staff Catalogue


Department of Social and Political Sciences
FEB 01 - Faculty of Economics and Management, Β121
Iosif Kovras is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus. Before joining the University of Cyprus he was an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at City University of London. His research interests include comparative post-conflict transitional justice and human rights. His current research project explores the policies of accountabilities deployed by six European countries to deal with the causes of the recent economic crisis. His work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, West European Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Psychology, Nations and Nationalism and Cooperation and Conflict, among others. His most recent book titled ‘Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice‘, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. His current research exploring the logic of the crime of disappearances in repressive and (post)conflict settings is funded by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (2023-2028). Past research projects had received funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) the British Academy and other funding bodies.
Post-conflict Transitional Justice
Peace & Conflict Studies
Post-crisis Accountability
Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice. The Families of the Disappeared (2017, Cambridge University Press)
Truth Recovery and Transitional Justice. Deferring Human Rights (2014, Routlege)
Journal Articles

Technologies of Justice: Forensics and the Evolution of Transitional Justice', European Journal of International Relations, (in press, 2023).

'Role Of Honor, Dignity, And Face Values In Transitional Justice In Post-Conflict Cyprus’, Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, (with Psaltis C,. Kirchner-Haustler A, Uskul A., Eleftheriou A) (in Press, 2023)

‘The EU’s Truth by Omission: Learning and Accountability after the Eurozone Crisis’, British Journal of Politics & International Relations, forthcoming, (DOI: 10.1177/13691481211013705/), with Mustafa Kutlay.

Crisis and Punishment? Explaining Politicians’ Appetite for Retribution in Post-Crisis Europe’, Comparative Politics, (2021) Vol.53(4), pp. 595-615, (with Stefano Pagliari).

‘The Perils Of Accountability After Crisis: Ambiguity, Policy Legacies, And Value Trade-Offs’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, (2020), Vol.34(1), with Nadia Hilliard and Neophytos Loizides.

Truth Commissions after EconomicCrises: Political Learning or Blame Game?’, Political Studies, Volume: 66 issue: 1, pp.173-191 (2018, with Shaun McDaid & Ragnar Hjalmarsson).
‘Exposure to Violence, War-Related Losses and Attitudes Towards Transitional Justice: Evidence from Post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina’, Political Psychology, Vo.39(2), pp.345-363(with Jonathan Hall, Djordje Stefanovic & Neophytos Loizides).
‘Death as the border: Managing missing migrants and unidentified bodies at the EU's Mediterranean frontier’. Political Geography, Vol.55, pp.40-49(2014, with Simon Robins).
‘The Greek Debt Crisis and Southern Europe: Majoritarian Pitfalls?, Comparative Politics, V ol.47(1), pp.1-20 (2014, with Neophytos Loizides)
'Explaining Prolonged Silences in Transitional Justice: the Disappeared Cyprus and Spain’, Comparative Political Studies, (2013)Vol.46, pp. 730-756
‘Cultures of Rioting and Anti-Systemic Movements in Southern Europe’, West European Politics, Vol.35(4), pp. 707-725(2012, with Katia Andronikidou)
'Delinkage Processes and Grassroots Movements in Transitional Justice’, Cooperation and Conflict, (2012) Vol. 47(1), pp.88-105
'Delaying Truth Recovery for Missing Persons’, Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 17(3), pp.520-540 (2011, with Neophytos Loizides)