Dr Ilia Xypolia

Dr Ilia Xypolia
Dr Ilia Xypolia
Dr Ilia Xypolia



Accepting PhDs



Dr Ilia Xypolia is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Ilia is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. She has previously worked at the Universities of Keele and London. Ilia completed an IKY-funded PhD in Politics and International Relations at Keele University, UK. Before that, she read Political Science and International Relations at the Universities of Athens, Piraeus, and Warsaw.

Ilia's interdisciplinary research interests that broadly concern democracy, nationalism and imperialism engage with and contribute to the historical-sociological strand of International Relations. Her publications and ongoing research cover various aspects of the history and politics of the Eastern Mediterranean through a globalist perspective. She is also the Reviews Editor of the refereed periodical Journal of Global Faultlines, published biannually by Pluto Press.

Ilia is the author of Human Rights, Imperialism, and Corruption in US Foreign Policy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022) and British Imperialism and Turkish Nationalism in Cyprus, 1923-1939: Divide, Define and Rule (Routledge, 2019 pbk; 2017 hbk). 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Senate Assessor to University Court (2022-present).

Elected Member, Senatus Academicus (2018-2022) (2022-2026).

Member, Finance and Resourcing Committee (reports to University Court; 2022-present)

Member, Honorary Degrees Committee (2018-2022).

Department Rep, UCU.

Member, Equality and Diversity / Athena SWAN Committee.

Personal Tutor.

External Memberships

Reviews Editor: Journal of Global Faultlines.

Fellow, "Turkey Europe Future Forum" at the Mercator Program Center for International Affairs

Referee / Book manuscripts and proposals: Palgrave Macmillan; Sage Publications; I.B. Tauris.

Reviewer: Political Studies Review, Mediterranean Politics; Middle East Critique; Journal of Modern Greek Studies; Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

Member of the panel of experts for the Euromed Survey: European Institute of the Mediterranean.

External Assessor, BA in International Politics, Middlesex University, UK. 

External Assessor, BA in International Relations, Richmond University, UK.

Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Alternative Policies, Greece.

British International Studies Association, Member.

Political Studies Association, Member.

European International Studies Association, Member.

Latest Publications

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Research Overview

- Middle Eastern Politics and History

- Imperialism and Nationalism

- Eurocentrism and Orientalism

- Global Politics of Human Rights

- Measuring Corruption

- The politics of numbers and global benchmarking



Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Politics and International Relations.

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Politics and International Relations

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • International History
  • International Politics
  • International Relations
  • Modern History
  • World History

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


My current supervision areas are: Politics and International Relations.





Teaching Responsibilities

Course Coordinator for:

PI1518   Introduction to Politics and International Relations 2: Power and Conflict

PI3572   Human Rights in Global Politics

PI4081   Global Power Shifts, Hegemony and Knowledge



Contributing to:

PI2508   Global Politics: Equality and Inequality

PI3069   Researching into the 21st Century

IR4031   Dissertation

PI4071   Dissertation


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