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Centre for Urban Conflicts Research



Andreas graduated in 2013 from the University of Sheffield's School of Architecture (SSoA) with a BA in Architecture and worked until 2014 as an Architectural Assistant at MSMR Architects in London. He has held a Visiting Researcher position at the University of Cyprus and at the UN OHCHR's RTCYPP. He is currently studying towards a MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Cambridge.


My thesis titled 'Terra Nullius: questioning normality', questions the idea of normality in the conflict of Nicosia and argues for urban rapprochement tactics as the next step towards reunification. Abstract, pilot thesis and more information about the thesis can be found here. Also see my fieldwork logbook here for updates from the field.

During my time at UCR I have been involved with mapping urban conflicts in Baghdad, Sarajevo and Derry as well as carrying out background research for cities in the Middle East, Eastern and North-Western Europe to be included in a forthcoming publication.


Key publications: 

Birgel, S. Papallas, A, 2016. ‘Patching Divided Nicosia: Peace amidst Hybrid Sovereignty Regimes?’ Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2016, San Francisco, California.

Papallas, A., 2016. ‘Nationalism, Cultural Identities and Urban Conflicts as Shaped within the Contested Space of Nicosia’. In: N. Hadjigeorgiou, ed., Identity, Belonging and Human Right: A multidisciplinary perspective. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp.47–58.

Papallas, A., 2015. ‘Nicosia’s Shared Spaces: Community Cohesive or Socially Inclusive?’, 18 December 2015. Friday Seminar Series. Department of Architecture. Girne American University.

Papallas, A., 2015. ‘Questioning normality in the terra nullius: urban rapprochement strategies in the divided Nicosia.’ research & design project presented at:

(i) Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism Conference, 17-18 March 2015. University of Cambridge.
(ii) ArcXchange Cross-Disciplinary Architecture Conference, 29 April 2015. University of Cambridge.
(iii) CRASSH Urban Research City Seminar Workshop, 4 June 2015. University of Cambridge.

Papallas, A., 2015. ‘Peace parks’: instigating peace or pointless waste of space? Cyprus Mail. 19 July 2015. Nicosia.

Papallas, A.*, Shtebunaev S., Nicoll, Z., 2014. ‘Reform Gleadless Valley: UN Habitat Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing Competition entry’ Architectural Association (AA) Project eXchange. 28 March 2014. London.

MPhill Architecture and Urban Design
Downing College
 Andreas   Papallas