President and Board Members


Professor Dr Andreas Kapardis


Prof. Kapardis studied in England and holds a Ph.D in Criminology, a Post-graduate Dip.Criminology (Camb.), B.Sc (Honours) Psychology (UEL) and Dip. English Studies (Camb.). He also completed a selection of law subjects at Monash University. His doctoral thesis was on “Sentencing by English Magistrates as a Human Process”. He is also a graduate of the Senior Investigator’s Course, Detective Training School, Victoria Police, Australia, has worked as a Prison Governor in Cyprus (1991), and lectures part-time at the Cyprus Police Academy since 1997.

After teaching for a number of years in the Law School at La Trobe University in Australia, he moved to the University of Cyprus in 1997. He was elected to a Professorship in 2000. Since 2006 he has been professor in and is currently Chairman   of the Department of Law. He has also been since 1999 a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge, teaching on its M.Phil and doctoral programme in Criminology. In recognition of his scientific work, he was elected in 1996 a Life-Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University and in 2014 a Full Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

His main research and teaching interests lie in the Criminal Sciences:   criminal justice, criminology, forensic psychology and penology. He has researched, inter alia, criminal justice, legal psychology, victims’ rights, and restorative justice internationally, a broad variety of serious offenders, economic crimes, imprisonment, terrorism and terrorists, protective and risk factors in juvenile delinquency, tourism and crime, women as victims of homicide, and sentencing. He has gained many research grants internationally, has presented his work at numerous conferences and published a large number of books and about one-hundred scientific articles internationally. His sixteen books include: Kapardis, A. (1985) Sentencing By English Magistrates as a Human Process; Kapardis, A. (1989) They Wrought Mayhem: An Insight to Mass Murder, RiverSeine Press, Melbourne, Australia; Οικονομικά Εγκλήματα στη Κύπρο (2001), Αθήναι: Εκδόσεις Α.Ν. Σάκκουλλας,  με τους Κουράκη και Μαρία Κραμβιά-Καπαρδή; Η Επιβολή Ποινών στη Κύπρο (2003) Αθήναι: Εκδόσεις Α.Ν. Σάκκουλλας με τους Στεφάνου και Σολομωνίδη; Kapardis, A. & Baldry, A. (2013) Risk Assessment for Juvenile Violent Offending, London: Routledge;  and Kapardis, A. (2014) Psychology and Law (4th edition) by Cambridge University Press, and Kapardis, A. and Farrington, D.P. (2016). The Psychology of Crime, Policing and the Courts”, London: Routledge Publishers.

He was a founding member and Vice-Chairman of the Parole Board of Cyprus  and the organizer of the European Association of Psychology and Law conference in 2000 and 2012. Since 2008, he has been chairing the bi-communal Technical Committee on Crime and Criminal Matters, working continuously and successfully on trust-building measures with the Turkish-Cypriots in the context of the peace talks. Finally, he has represented Cyprus internationally on various professional bodies within the EU and the Council of Europe.



Kyriaki Lambrianidou

Ms Kyriaki Lambrianidou is a Criminologist.  She studied Criminal Justice (M.A., B.Sc. Hons) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, USA, where she specialized in police studies, sociology of deviance and forensic psychology.  In 2002 she was recruited at Cyprus Police and she now holds the rank of Superintendent B.   Since 2010, she is the Deputy Director of Cyprus Police Academy.  After finishing her studies in New York she worked at a Federal Agency in New York, as an Analyst and, later, as an Investigator with the Administration for Children Services in New York City.  She later continued her career in Cyprus, where she worked in numerous Ministries, and at the House of Representatives.   Since 2002, she has worked within various departments of Cyprus Police and she represented the Republic of Cyprus in numerous forums, European Bodies and other Institutions, as a National Expert in the area of Police Cooperation, Terrorism, Human Trafficking, etc.  For the past few years she has been a visiting lecturer at the European University of Cyprus and the Open University of Cyprus, where she teaches Criminology, Introduction to Policing and Comparative Policing.  She is also a member of the Academic Council of Police Studies at the Open University of Cyprus.  Her interests focus mainly on police culture, corruption, new methods of policing, comparative policing, interviewing vulnerable victims, etc.


Maria Konstantinou

Maria Konstantinou is a PhD student at the University of Cyprus. Maria holds a degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology (University of Cyprus), and a Master’s degree in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research (University of Surrey, UK).

She is the National Correspondent for the European Sourcebook of Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics and the LINCS project (Council of Europe). Since 2013, Konstantinou has been teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice on the Police Studies undergraduate programme at the Open University of Cyprus.  She has also been a special scientist in the Law Department of the University of Cyprus.  Finally, she is a part time lecturer on the Master’s programme in Criminology at the University of Nicosia, where she teaches Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention. Since 2016, she has been working as an officer and researcher at the Cyprus Integrity Forum (ex Transparency International-Cyprus, coalition against corruption).

Her research interests include: Femicide (victims, perpetrators, orphan persons, risk assessment), Juvenile delinquency (risk and protective factors), Prisons/prisoners (recidivism and reintegration), Victims, and Rehabilitation in the justice system, Sociological Criminology, Crime Prevention, Community safety (community policing and the “neighbourhood watch” scheme), Corruption (in business, sport, education, health sector), Criminal justice in Cyprus, Ethics in the criminal justice system, Qualitative and quantitative research.


Christodoulos Hadjipanayi

Christodoulos Hadjipanayi was born in Nicosia. Following the completion his military service he moved to Greece where he studied History Archaeology & Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly. Furthermore, he successfully completed additional modules in History at the same University. After he obtained his bachelor degree, he worked for two years in private schools in Cyprus. He held several positions teaching Greek literature and history while at the same time he participated in educational training seminars.

In June 2006, he joined Cyprus Police force and successfully completed the training programme at Cyprus Police Academy. In 2009, he was appointed at Omorphita police station where he currently serves as a criminal investigator at the unit of minor-offences. During his service at Cyprus

Police, he has been awarded honourable distinctions for his professionalism and commitment to duty and also for his success in arresting criminals.

Since 2015, Christodoulos Hadjipanayi has been studying for his undergraduate degree in “Police Studies” at Open University of Cyprus with excellent academic performance, from where he is expected to acquire his degree in 2018.


Ioannis Yiorkatzis

John Yiorkatzis was born in Lapithos on 04/04/1974.  During 1991-1993, he served in the Cyprus Republic National Guard as a sailor in the Underwater Demolition Team and on 01/03/1995 he joined the Cyprus Police. He completed his studies at the Cyprus Police Academy achieving first ranking in the 2000 cohort, while on 24/11/2000 he was accredited the Best All Round Police Officer Cup.  In 2002, he was promoted to Sergeant and in 2011 to the rank of Inspector.

He has served mostly in frontline Policing: 1995-1998 Paralimni Police Station and Strovolos Police Station (Minor Cases Department), 1998-2000 Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Nicosia, 2000-2012 CID (Operations) Police Headquarters, 2012-2013 Professional Standards Division and from 2014 to 2015 at CID Nicosia.  Since 07/09/2015 he has been serving at Police Headquarters.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Crime and Criminology (2010) and a Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Psychology (2013) from Portsmouth University. Since 2010, he has been delivering lectures / workshops on the various specialized Crime Investigation Programmes, run by the Cyprus Police Academy. Additionally, and since 2014 he has been teaching issues related to Crime Investigation in the Department of Law of the European University of Cyprus.

He is married with two children.  In his free time he and his family enjoy sailing.  He is an active member of PASIMIS Sailing Club and a Trainer for the American Sailing Association captain’s qualification.