Maria Hadjipavlou has been an associate professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus (1995-2013). She is a feminist, and conflict resolution scholar/practitioner. She has founded or co-founded many non-governmental organizations and promoted reconciliation and peace across the divides in Cyprus. As a gender and conflict resolution trainer for UNFPA trained women in Afghanistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Bratislava on gender issues and conflict resolution.
She has published in academic journals and edited books in the areas of conflict resolution, the Cyprus conflict, women and peace, ethnic stereotypes, the ‘crossings’ across the divide, women and migration, feminism, gender and 1325. Her book, Women and Change in Cyprus: Feminisms, and Gender in Conflict.(I.B. Tauris,2010) is used widely.
She is a member of various international associations, Cypriot NGOs and of the Cyprus Technical Committee on Gender Equality which promotes the integration of a gender perspective in the Cyprus peace negotiations and the future federal constitution.