Sophia Papastavrou

Sophia is a citizen of Canada and Cyprus. She spent the first part of her formative years in Ghana, West Africa. The second, in Ontario, Canada where she earned an MA in Sociology at Queen’s University. She also holds a Bachelor of Education from Brock University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Social Anthropology from York University. She currently holds the position of Gender Specialist at the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD). Prior to this role, Sophia was Gender Technical Lead at World Vision International’s Middle East and Eastern Europe Regional Office. Her area of expertise includes international development, gender mainstreaming, gender capacity building, women, peace and security and grant acquisitions within the humanitarian sector. Sophia has previously worked for United Nations agencies and INGOs in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Cyprus, Uganda, and Ghana, including internships with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Communications (UN DESA). Sophia continues to offer consultancy services and assistance to organisations within the humanitarian sector in their efforts to recognise, adopt and adhere to at least a minimum level of gender equality mainstreaming. Sophia will shortly complete her PhD from the University of Toronto in Social Justice Education. Her research and teaching areas focus on transnational feminism, women, violence and war, gender and queer theory, with a particular focus on women's organising for peace in Cyprus from a critical feminist perspective. Prior to pursing her doctorate, Sophia was a lecturer at Brock University in Canada, with a special focus on multicultural and diversity education. Sophia currently balances her time between a full-time job, doctoral work and motherhood.

Language(s): Greek, English


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