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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

College: Christ’s College


Mark Barrow is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies. He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

Mark's research focuses on the role and effectiveness of local actors, particularly civil society organisations, in peacebuilding efforts. His PhD thesis is centred on the Cypriot conflict, where he has carried out ethnographic research. 


Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution; Conflict and Frozen Conflict; Civil Society Organisations; International Organisations; Official and Unofficial Diplomacy and Mediation.



Key publications: 

Barrow, Mark. 2023. 'Enabling Within Constraints: Assessing International Aid's Impact Upon Cypriot Peacebuilding Organisations'. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.

Barrow, Mark. 2022. ‘Understanding Peacebuilding: An Issue of Approach Rather than Definition’. E-International Relations.

Barrow, Mark. 2022. ‘A Cat-and-Mouse Game? How Syrian Citizen Journalists Evade State Repression’. Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum.

Barrow, Mark. 2022. ‘Challenging Information Control with Communication Technologies in Syria’. E-International Relations.


Thesis Title: To what extent are Cypriot civil society organisations effective peacebuilders?
Supervisor: Professor Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni

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