Professor of Political Economy
President, Cyprus Center for European
and International Affairs,
Head, Department of Politics
University of Nicosia
Andreas Theophanous was born in Cyprus on February 14, 1960. In 1980, he went to the USA on a Fulbright scholarship. He received his BA degree in Economics and Political Science (with distinction, baccalaureate) from Susquehanna University in 1983. In the same year he was offered an Assistantship from the Department of Economics of The Pennsylvania State University from which he received the MA and PhD degrees in Economics in 1985 and 1988 respectively. He served as Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Cyprus George Vassiliou from September 1990 to February 1993.
Theophanous is Professor of Economics and Public Policy, the President of the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs and also the Head of the Department of Politics and Governance of the University of Nicosia. Theophanous’ areas of interest focus on Cyprus related issues, governance in biethnic and multiethnic societies, European Integration, Eastern Mediterranean affairs, political economy and higher education. He has, among other things, also done pioneering work on the economic aspects of the day-after a solution to the Cyprus problem. He has served on national and international committees dealing with political, economic and research issues. He visited several European, American and other universities and think-tanks as a Visiting Professor, Senior Fellow and/or Guest Speaker. These Institutions include the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Brookings Institution, the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars, the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Center for European Integration Studies – University of Bonn, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Begin-Sadat Center on Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University and the University of Tokyo.
Professor Theophanous has published several books and numerous articles on economic and political issues; these include work on the Cyprus problem, Cyprus-EU relations, EU-Turkish relations, the Eastern Mediterranean, issues of political economy and higher education. He has also organized and participated in international symposia, conferences, seminars and professional events, and has been responsible for developing and coordinating several research projects. He is also Editor of the Policy Paper Series of the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs since 2010 and of the bimonthly electronic Newsletter, In Depth, since 2005.
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