Women in Water Management and Conflict Transformation in Cyprus

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    2021/05/17    14:50 - 16:20

    Lecturer: Dr Emine Eminel Sülün, Assistant Professor, Near East University, Nicosia


    Since 1974, Cyprus is a de-facto partitioned island and suffers from a severe depletion of water-related ecosystems. Each community pursues its own target goal for adequate water provision by relying on one-sided technological solutions or ethnic sponsors. Although water has not been a driver for conflict in Cyprus, it can be an entry point to conflict transformation. The gender aspect of the conflict has already been investigated, but it is rare to find any studies addressing the water, conflict transformation, and gender nexus with a pragmatic transdisciplinary approach. This research suggests using water and gender relations as entry points to conflict transformation for inclusive societal peacebuilding in Cyprus. The final analysis provides insight into women’s roles in water management and conflict transformation in similar contexts.

    The seminar “Women in Water Management and Conflict Transformation: Exploring Some of the Possibilities, Conditions and Challenges for the case of Cyprus” addresses questions, including: What are the socioecological sensitivities and constraints of the state in creating integrated water resource management mechanisms? How can unilateral water policies of ethnically separated communities be replaced with a bi-communal water resource management approach across the boundaries? How can gender-responsive water resource management strategies be developed for more societally inclusive peacebuilding?


    Dr Emine Eminel Sülün is a full-time faculty member in the International Relations Department at Near East University (Nicosia), researching security and energy geopolitics in the eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus conflict. She completed her PhD in International Relations at the Middle East Technical University (Turkey) in January 2016. Dr Sülün holds a BA in Sociology from Middle East Technical University and a MA in International Politics from the University of Bath (United Kingdom). Between 2012 and 2016, Dr Sülün taught at Eastern Mediterranean University (Famagusta) as a part-time member of staff in the Political Science and International Relations Department.

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