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Researcher, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science

Spyros Sofos is a researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University. He has previously been a Senior Research Fellow in International Politics at the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence of Kingston University and a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Portsmouth University. He has also been Visiting Lecturer in Conflict Analysis, Nationalism and Human Rights at the University of Siena (MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action).
His research interests include the study of social identities, collective action, conflict and conflict transformation and insecurity - his current work focuses on Muslim communities in Europe, a comparison of contentious politics in Europe and the Middle East, the mediation of Jihad, the ‘social construction’ of the Islamic State (IS) and the lived experience of politics in Turkey.
He is Coordinator of a Swedish-Turkish collaboration project on Open & Inclusive Societies for the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights & Humanitarian Law involving Lund, İstanbul and Koç universities.
He is member of the advisory board of Transconflict, a conflict transformation NGO, and has been a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Area Studies, Mediterranean Politics and the Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans and is editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. His books include 'Turkish Politics and ‘The People’: Mass Mobilisation and Populism' (Edinburgh University Press 2022), 'Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks' (Palgrave 2013), 'Tarihin Cenderesinde: Türk ve Yunan Milliyetçiliği (Istanbul Bilgi University Press 2013); 'Το βασανο της Ιστοριας' (Καστανιωτης 2008); 'Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey' (Hurst 2008), 'Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe' (Routledge 1996).


  • –present
    Researcher in Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University
  • 2000–2011
    Senior research fellow, Kingston University
  • 1996–2000
    Senior lecturer, University of Portsmouth
  • 1993–1996
    Research associate, University of Portsmouth


  • 2020 
    University of Copenhagen, PhD Regional and Crosscultural Studies
  • 1985 
    Panteion University , BSc Politics and International Studies


  • 2022
    Turkish Politics and ‘The People’: Mass Mobilisation and Populism, Edinburgh University Press
  • 2013
    Tarihin Cenderesinde: Türk ve Yunan Milliyetçiliği, Istanbul Bilgi University Press
  • 2013
    Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2008
    Το βάσανο της Ιστορίας: Ο Εθνικισμός στην Ελλάδα και την Τουρκία , Καστανιώτης
  • 2008
    Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey, Oxford University Press
  • 1996
    Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe, Routledge