Artemis Michael, Project Officer

Artemis Michael works as a project officer and researcher at the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) since 2015. She holds a BA with academic distinction in Cultural Studies with a minor in French Literature from the University of Bucharest and an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics from the University of Glasgow. Her specialisation during her studies was violence against women and girls, focusing on coercive control. Artemis is currently doing her second BA in Law at the University College London (UCL).

While working at MIGS, Artemis has been on projects related to gender equality with an emphasis on women in decision-making, violence against women and trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Project Involvement in: Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence in Third Level Education (ESHTE), Disrupt Demand – Study Examining Campaign Strategies in Member States to Introduce Legislative Measures to Discourage Demand for Sex Trafficking, Circle of CHANGE: Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Girls through Gender Equality AwarenessHistorical Review: Gender, Power and Democracy: The Contribution of Women in the House of Representatives, and Risk Assessment Mechanisms on Domestic Violence.

PICMaria Angeli, Research Associate
Maria Angeli works as a researcher, project coordinator and trainer at the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS).  She holds an MA degree on Gender and Media from Sussex University in UK and a BA degree on Sociology from Panteion  University in Greece. She has been working with MIGS since 2009 on projects related to gender equality with an emphasis on gender and media, women in decision-making and gender and education. Specifically, Maria has participated as a trainer in the project ‘Gender as a missing lens – How to introduce gender into history teaching’, has conducted specialized training programmes for career advice professionals and primary and secondary education teachers on gender equality, as well as training programmes for teachers and educators on gender-based violence. Maria coordinates the Global Media Monitoring Project in Cyprus and has represented MIGS in the working group on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, and the EU Fundamental Rights Forum. She has also worked for the University of Cyprus on projects related to Semantics and Intercultural Dialogue, Hate Speech and Crimes and Solidarity Movements in Europe.
Project involvement in: Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP)Campaign on Zero Tolerance to Violence against Women and Girls in Cyprus, Parity DemocracyCombating Occupational segregation based on gender – Provision of Training Services among Career Consultants, Educators and ParentsRepresentation of female and male candidates in the newspapers in the framework of European Election 2009.

Josie Christodoulou, Policy Coordinator
Josie Christodoulou joined the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies as a Project Officer 2004. She is currently the policy coordinator at MIGS as well as coordinator of various projects related to gender and migration, integration, and trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual and labour exploitation. She monitors migration and integration legislation as well as legislation and actions to combat Trafficking in Human Beings on both national and EU levels and works to influence these from a feminist perspective. Josie served as a member of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) of the Council of Europe from 2009- May 2011, and is currently a member of the of the Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings of the Euoprean Commission.

Josie Christodoulou holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Indianapolis in the U.S.A and a graduate degree on Racial Equality Studies and Youth Justice Probation and Criminology from Middlesex University in the U.K.

Her research interests include issues of gender and migration/integration; and trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual and labour exploitation.

Project Involvement in: Integration of Female Migrant Domestic Workers / Mapping the Realities of Trafficking Women in Cyprus

Miranda Christou, Senior Research Associate
Miranda Christou is a Lecturer in Sociology of Education (Department of Education, University of Cyprus) and holds a doctorate in Education (Harvard University, Ed.D. 2002). She is also a board member of the Mediterranean Institute for Gender Studies and her research interests include the political role of memory and history, the construction of knowledge on youth and youth cultures and the representations of young people through the discourses of globalization. Miranda is also interested in how schools and educational institutions in general shape the construction of sexuality and gender and has also worked as a research advisor for the projects “Gender Equality: Responsibility of Both Sexes” and “Facilitating Equality through Education” where she facilitated training for teachers on gender stereotypes in education.
Project Involvement in: Daphne II-Secondary Education Schools and Education in Values

Christina Kaili, Project Coordinator
Christina Kaili holds a B.A. in Sociology with academic distinction and a Minor Degree in Political Science from the Department of Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cyprus. She also holds an M.A. in Human Rights from the University College London (UCL). She is an active member of local and European NGOs and networks on  human rights issues, gender equality, violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Since 2005, she has been an active member of the Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA) participating in the Coordinating Committee of the group “Youth for Youth” and later as a Board Member. Since 2008 Christina is employed by MIGS as a project coordinator, doing a combination of research, advocacy, lobbying, coordination and implementation of European projects on gender equality and women’s rights. She is also an active member of the Working Group on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, contributing in the continuous efforts to promote the central role of women in the movements against oppressive regimes. Christina is a PhD candidate at the Sociology program of the Department of Social and Political Sciences, at the University of Cyprus. Email:
Project involvement in: FGM European Campaign, Youth Alert, Combating Honour Related Violence and Forced Marriages Flying Team against Violence

Christiana Kouta Nikolaou, Senior Research Associate
Christiana Kouta Nikolaou is a Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the Cyprus Technological University. She teaches Health Promotion, Community Nursing, Transcultural Nursing and History of Nursing. Her main research interests include health promotion/education, community health, youth, sexuality, culture and gender. She has been an active member of the Family Planning Association for more than a decade and a member of the Board of Directors for 7 years. Christiana for the past two years has been the President of the Cyprus Family Planning Association. She has also been selected to be on the Bioethics Committee since 2005. Christiana is a member of the Management Committee of the COST action: “Health and Social Care for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Europe”. She has experience in designing and implementing research and health promotion programmes for young people and professionals in health and education.
Project involvement in: Daphne II-Date Rape Cases Among Young Women

Stalo Lesta, Research Associate

Stalo Profile PicStalo Lesta has been working as an External Associate to MIGS since 2005 as a trainer and researcher. Her main involvement was in the field of gender-based violence, under the Daphne Projects Perspective and Youth 4 Youth. She was also the co-author of the training manual ‘Youth 4 Youth: Empowering young people in preventing gender-based violence through peer education’. She is also actively involved in issues relating to gender and sexuality, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, sexual abuse against women and children, homophobia and homophobic bullying. Stalo holds a B.A. degree in Statistics (with emphasis in Mathematics and Psychology) from the University of California at Davis. She is also a trained Psychotherapist in the ‘Person-Centered / Rogerian Approach’.

Project Involvement in :  ‘Combating Occupational segregation based on gender – Provision of Training Services among Career Consultants, Educators and Parents’, ‘STIR: Safeguarding Teenage Intimate Relationships: connecting online and offline contexts and risks’ and ‘Empowering Care’.


Alexia Panayiotou, Senior Research Associate
Alexia Panayiotou has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and Economics from Stanford University, a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is also a board member of the Mediterranean Institute for Gender Studies, is a currently a Lecturer at the University of Cyprus and a member of the editorial board of Equal Opportunities International, (established in 1982, Emerald Press). Her research interests include feminist theory; the production of discourse in/by organizations; emotionality of work; feminist analysis of organizations; gender issues in the workplace; and organizational space and symbolism. Alexia has been active in several women´s organizations over the last fifteen years, both in the US and in Cyprus. She is a core member of Women Waging Peace and has been trained both as a rape crisis counsellor and as a domestic violence hotline counsellor.

Susana Elisa Pavlou, Director
Susana Elisa Pavlou holds a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MSc in International Politics with an area concentration in the Middle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University. Susana is currently Director at the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS). Susana has extensive experience in the coordination and management of projects, in gender equality training and education, and in gender research and analysis, with particular expertise on issues of gender and social policy, and violence against women. Susana is a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Combating of Family Violence, National Expert for the European Network of Experts in Gender Equality, and Expert at the EWL Observatory on Violence against Women. She is serving a third term as Board Member of the European Women’s Lobby and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Anna Zobnina, Research Associate

Anna Zobnina, born in St.Petersbug, Russia, joined Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in 2007. She received scholarship for her MA Sociology with the University of Nicosia and her master thesis addressed  “Prostitution as Field of Production of Gender Norms”. Her current research areas are  care economy, violence against women, commercial sexual exploitation of women, sexuality and critical feminist discourse analysis. Anna is a member of the European Network of Migrant Women and is working closely with Josie Christodoulou in the areas of migration & integration of women, combatting  trafficking in women for labour and sexual exploitation. Εmail:

Nayia Kamenou photoNayia Kamenou, Research Associate

Nayia Kamenou  holds a PhD in European Studies from King’s College London. Her thesis, titled “Cyprus is the Country of Heroes, Not of Homosexuals”: Sexuality, Gender and Nationhood in Cyprus, examined the relationship between constructions and transformations of national, gender and sexuality identities, in light of the extension of the European Union’s human rights agenda in Cyprus. She studied for a BA (Hons) in Political Science at Hunter College, City University of New York and for an MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She currently a special scientist in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus where she teaches political science and sociology courses and a visiting research fellow in the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London. She conducts research and have published work in the fields of queer and gender studies, women’s, gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans* rights, feminist and queer film studies, nationalism and ethnonational identities, social movements and political extremism.