Charalambos Demetriou

Charalambos Demetriou

Senior Lecturer

  • Associate professor, Senior lecturer, Sociology
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Chares Demetriou (PhD 2005, Columbia University) is a political and historical sociologist with primary expertise in Ireland and Cyprus. Before he arrived in Lund, he held appointments in Russia, the UK (Northern Ireland), Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Israel/Palestine, Italy, and the US, including four postdoctoral fellowships.

Main research areas
1 Social Movements, Political Violence, and Radicalization
2 Social Boundaries and Public Identity Transformations
3 Processual Theory and Epistemology

Current research
My work has developed in three main areas: (1) the study of social movement radicalization and related political violence; (2) the macroscopic analysis of public identity transformations, especially as they relate to social boundaries and different styles of rule; and (3) the connection between sociological theory and epistemology, particularly processes and mechanisms. Combining all three areas but mainly developing the first of them, the major project I currently work on studies the legitimization of political violence in Ireland (early 20th century) and Cyprus (mid-20th century).


My teaching covers piecemeal some of my areas of research, but mostly regards the general instruction of methods, epistemology, and theory.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Sociology


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