Bridging the gap between academia and the market

Read more about the Cyprus Centre for Business Research at CIM

About us

The Cyprus Centre for Business Research at CIM was set up in 2017 with the primary aim of advancing, promoting, and facilitating research relating to the field of Business – broadly conceived. The Centre has a global outlook and welcomes interdisciplinary research as well as research that bridges the gap between the business world and academia.

The Centre brings together several academics, professionals and industry experts who are actively involved in research. This indicates the developed business network that the Centre possesses and the contribution of business gurus in the Centre’s operation. You can browse over their research interests below.


As well as advancing original research, the Centre aims to disseminate new information and expert insights to business executives. To this effect, it publishes regular Business Bulletins from academics and industry experts.

In addition, the Centre publishes an academic journal (The Market: International Journal of Business) and organises an annual academic conference (held usually in late March/early April).

More specifically, the Centre has the mandate (as voted by CIM’s Council in September 2017) to:

  • Conduct, advance, and disseminate research in various industries and sectors.
  • Provide consulting services to individuals, entrepreneurs and business organisations at a national and international level.
  • Expand academic knowledge of different sectors through research and carry out curriculum development for CIM
  • courses.
  • Coordinate and participate in research projects that aim to provide further scientific developments.
  • Establish collaborations with other institutes and academics at a national and international level.
  • Share knowledge and promote business networking between academics, entrepreneurs and policy makers.
  • Give back to society and the business world through outreach seminars and publications (Business Bulletin).
  • Expand decision-making and problem-solving aspects of individuals through the expertise of experienced research academics and professionals.

Message from the Director

As Cyprus’s premier Business School, and as a trendsetter with over 40 years of experience, it was inevitable that CIM would set up its own, autonomous, research centre. As the new Director of the Centre, taking over from Dr Myria Kkali, I am delighted to be overseeing the Cyprus Centre for Business Research as it becomes established in Cyprus and abroad.

Since its establishment in 2017, the Centre has successfully organised two international conferences, bringing together scholars from around the world. Our Fellows – outstanding researchers at different careers levels – have been producing original and applicable research and attending a number of national and international conferences. As a research centre committed to bridging the gap between academia and the industry, we have been sharing our intelligence with business executives and disseminating our expert insights with the general public through our Business Bulletin, which can be accessed further below.

As we look forward, I am thrilled at the prospect of finally launching our journal – to give it its full title, The Market: International Journal of Business. We would like our journal to have a focus on Cyprus and the surrounding region, but always looking outwards. The first issue is due for publication in January 2020. We will also be organising our third annual conference, under the theme Entering a New Era, on 11 April 2020. This year’s conference will feature two keynote speakers and will attract delegates from within and outside Cyprus.

If you are interested in joining forces with us, or if you have any questions or comments, please do get in touch.

Dr Katerina Pavlou
Cyprus Center for Business Research



katerina pavlou

Dr Pavlou graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a BSc in Early Childhood Education (2009), and continued with postgraduate studies in Educational Psychology at the University of Bristol, UK (2010). In 2011, she started a PhD at the University of Southampton, where she worked (as a member of the Centre of Visual Cognition) on a Royal Golden Jubilee funded project investigating eye movement behaviour in anxious individuals. She completed her PhD in 2015. Dr Pavlou has taught Business and Organisational Psychology at both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She joined CIM, as Academic Director of the Limassol campus, in September 2019.

Fellows & Research Interests

List of Current Research Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dr Nektarios Michail (CIM/Cyprus University of Technology)
  • Dr Fotis Pavlou (CIM)
  • Dr Styliani Iris Krokida
  • Dr Constantinos Constantinou (CIM)
  • Dr Evie Michaelides (CIM)
  • Dr Georgia Thrasyvoulou (CIM)
  • Dr Christiana Charalambides (CIM)
  • Dr Maria Socratous (CIM)
  • Dr Thomas Pipyros (University of Cyprus)
  • Dr Maria Charalambous (Coventry University)

Senior Research Fellows

  • Dr Derek Watson (University of Sunderland)
  • Prof. George Zachariades (CIM)
  • Capt. Valentin Mavrinac (CIM)

Visiting Research Fellows

  • Dr Irene Kujala (Abo Akademi University, Finland)
  • Dr Jessica Antonios (American University of Science and Technology, Lebanon)

The Centre’s interests and specialisations lie in the following areas:

  • Organisational and Consumer Behaviour
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Shipping HRM & Shipping Finance

Publications and Data

The Cyprus Centre for Business Research runs two publications, in addition to generating data relating to business activity in Cyprus through conducting primary research.


Business Bulletin


The Market

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Data & Services

News & Events

25 November 2020

We are delighted to share the news that Dr Nicos Antoniades (St. John’s University, New York), who is member of the Editorial Board of our journal, The Market, has published an article entitled ‘Political Marketing Communications in Today’s Era: Putting People at the Center’ in Society, Volume 58, November-December 2020 (published by Springer U.S.). Dr Antoniades is currently heading a research project in political marketing at the Cyprus Centre for Business Research, in association with our partners at the Rome Business School. Watch this space!

12 November 2020

We are very proud of our Fellow Dr Nektarios Michael (and his co-author Dr Konstantinos Melas) whose latest article ‘Quantifying the relationship between seaborne trade and shipping freight rates: A Bayesian vector autoregressive approach’ has just come out in Maritime Transport Research. Read the article here.

22 September 2020

Dr Constantinos Constantinou – Cyprus Centre for Business Studies Fellow and editor-in-chief of our journal, The Market – will be speaking at the online conference on “New Challenges for the European Union” on 23 September 2020. Dr Constantinos will be speaking on the subject of “Turkey within an EU Context: 2020 and Beyond”. 

7 August 2020

We are delighted to share that Dr Nektarios Michail, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cyprus Centre for Business Research, has just published a paper, ‘Shipping Markets in Turmoil: An Analysis of the Covid-19 Outbreak and its Implications’, co-authored with Dr Kostis Melas, in Transportation Research: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. The paper is available here: here Congratulations to both authors!

9 June 2020

We are delighted to announce that CIM has been awarded a big grant (over 30,000 euro) by the Erasmus+ programme in support of student and staff mobility and knowledge exchange. The award was granted in collaboration with Zhytomyr Polytechnic State University in the Ukraine. CIM and the Cyprus Centre for Business Research looks forward to exchanging ideas and forging new research projects with colleagues at Zhytomyr. For more information, please see here.

28 January 2020

We are thrilled to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of The Market: International Journal of Business. The issue, edited by Dr Constantinos Constantinou, features eight peer-reviewed articles by established and emerging scholars. Congratulations to the editorial team and the authors. You can read the issue here

23 January 2020

We are delighted to announce the two keynote speakers for our upcoming annual academic conference: Prof. Paurav Shukla, Professor of Marketing at the University of Southampton (Southampton Business School) and Head of the Department of Digital and Data Driven Marketing; and Dr Yichuan Wang, Associate Professor in Digital Marketing at the University of Sheffield. Prof. Shukla and Dr Wang will be speaking at the Centre’s annual conference on 11 April 2020. All welcome.

29 October 2019

We are delighted to announce a new publication by a Fellow of the Cyprus Centre for Business Research, Dr Nektarios Michael. Congratulations to Dr Michael and to his co-author Dr Konstantinos Melas (UCLAN). You can read their article ‘A Cointegrating Stock Trading Strategy: Application to Listed Tanker Shipping Companies’ here.

27 May 2019

The Cyprus Research for Business Research proudly announces the joining of and active participation in the Project COBENET, a cooperation of European Universities under the ERASMUS+ Programme Action 3 , Knowledge Alliance. Knowledge Alliances are transnational, structured and result-driven projects between higher education and business. Knowledge Alliances are open to any discipline, sector and to cross-sectoral cooperation. The partners share common goals and work together towards mutually beneficial results and outcomes. The results and expected outcomes are clearly defined, realistic and address the issues identified in the needs analysis. Knowledge Alliances are meant to have a short and long-term impact on the wide range of stakeholders involved, at individual, organizational and systemic level. As a general rule, Knowledge Alliances target the cooperation between organizations established in Programme Countries. However, organisations from Partner Countries can be involved in a Knowledge Alliance, as partners (not as applicants), if their participation brings an essential added value to the project. For more information, please see here

17 April 2019

Dr Eirini Daskalaki, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cyprus Centre for Business Research, will be delivering an interactive workshop on ‘Communicating Across Borders’ at the Technical University of Crete to students of production engineering and management and environmental engineering.

21 February 2019

Dr Anastasia Filiou (Athens University of Economics and Business) will be giving a seminar on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Earnings Quality’. Join us at our Limassol Campus, on Thursday, 7.30pm, Room E.

18 February 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Dr Evie Michaelides, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Cyprus Centre for Business Research, will be attending The European Association for Work & Organizational Psychology congress at Centro Congressi Lingotto in Turin, Italy.

17 January 2019

Dr Demetris Tsouknides will be giving the first of a series of Research Seminars organised for 2019 at CIM Limassol. Dr Tsouknides (Cyprus University of Technology) will be speaking on ‘The Ownership Structure of US-Listed Shipping Companies’. Join us at 8pm in Lecture Room A.

14 November 2018

Dr Stylia Krokida, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre, will be attending the 9th National Conference of the Scientific Society of Financial Engineering and Banking, which will be held at the University of Economics and Business in Athens (21-22 December, 2018)

26 September 2018

We are delighted to announce the publication by one of our Research Fellows, Dr Constantinos Constantinou, of an exciting and insightful article on tv series and turkish foreign policy. Dr Constantinou is an expert on political marketing. You can read his publication (co-authored with Dr Zenonas Tziarras) here.

16 July 2018

Call for papers: Papers are invited for the inaugural issue of The Market: International Journal of Business. Please send abtsracts of 150-200 words, on any field of business, by 15 September 2018 to For more information please see here.

22 June 2018

Georgia Thrasyvoulou, Fellow at the Cyprus Centre for Business Research, was sponsored by the Centre to attend the European Association of Work & Organisational Psychology Early Career Summer School in Heraklion, Crete (2-6 June 2018). Learn more about EAWOP here.

2 April 2018

CIM and the Cyprus Centre for Business Research would like to welcome Dr Constantinos Constantinou as our newest Postdoctoral Fellow. Constantinos will be taking over editorial and administrative duties, helping revamping the Market into a fully-fledged academic journal. Welcome, Constantino! 

29 March 2018

The Cyprus Centre for Business Research is pleased to announce that a new scientific journal article was published as a result of a research collaboration between two of our Research Fellows, Dr Derek Watson and Dr Fanos Tekelas. The article is titled “BREXIT and the Implications of Food Safety Cultural Compliance in the Food Manufacturing Sector” and was published in March 2018 in the Acta Scientific Microbiology Journal.

The articles is concerned with the number of accidents or incidents particularly in the food manufacturing sector – a serious cause for concern. The problem is further compounded with the onset of Brexit. In consequence, food manufacturers are seeking efficiency savings, whilst aiming not to compromise food safety compliance. Whilst there are areas of best practice, sadly there is an increasing number of examples in which failure to comply with food safety is resulting in several consequences. This paper addresses Food Safety Cultural Compliance within UK Food Manufacturers and identifies core issues that hinder the establishment of a proactive food safety culture. The data collected clearly indicates a commitment to food safety compliance.
The journal is available online; it is also available on Google Scholar.

23 February 2018

The Centre is delighted to welcome two new Fellows in its ranks: Professor George Papageorgiou, specialist in Management and Information Systems, and Dr Styliani Iris Krokida, specialist in Behavioural Finance. We welcome them to the Centre and look forward to working with them.

29 January 2018

We are delighted to announce that Fanos Tekelas, Cyprus Centre for Business Research Fellow and Lecturer at CIM, has been chosen to represent Cyprus in a European project. Fanos will be participating in the project “Empowering the Next Generation of Social Entrerprise Scholars”. Congratulations, Fano!

15 January 2018

CIM and the Cyprus Centre for Business Research would like to welcome Georgia Thrasyvoulou as our newest Doctoral Fellow. Georgia will be organising the Centre’s inaugural conference and has already brought her expertise and energy to the Centre. Welcome, Georgia! 

Annual Conference

The Cyprus Centre for Business Research organises annually an international conference bringing together leading academics from Cyprus and abroad. The conference is one of the most important academic events held in Cyprus. Attracting world class researchers, mainly based in Europe, the conference provides for all attendees a friendly and supportive environment in which to receive feedback, share ideas, and generate collaboration.

The 3rd annual conference of the Centre took place at CIM Nicosia premises on Saturday, 26 September 2020, from 10am to 5pm. 

This year’s conference ran under the title ‘Entering a New Era’ and featured a number of international speakers, including presentations from academics from the universities of Southampton, Sunderland, Sheffield, Abo Akademi (Finland), Cyprus University of Technology, CTL Eurocollege, European University Cyprus, and from industry leaders. 

For a the full programme, please see here.

We will be announcing the call for papers for our next year’s conference shortly – watch this space!


Want to keep up to speed with our news and events?

Become a member

With its aim that of engendering and supporting research, the Cyprus Centre for
Business Research offers a number of Fellowships. We welcome individuals engaged in
research to apply for a fellowship.

There are four types of Fellowships available:

Those interested are invited to read about the Duties & Benefits of Research Fellows. You can then either complete the application form and send it along with an updated version of your CV to or contact us for more information.

Research Opportunities for CIM Students

CIM Master students working on their dissertations have the opportunity to work with one of our Fellows under one of the Centre’s research clusters. There is only a limited amount of spaces and the selection of students is highly competitive.

The areas supported by the Centre for this scheme are the following:

Dr Roman Puchkov ( energy markets & economics; global energy consumption; shipping market cycles; business strategy, expatriation and MNCs; quantitative analysis of statistical data with use of IBM SPSS

Dr Georgia Thrasyvoulou ( design of environments and work; team-groups, teambuilding theories; organisational change and stress management; training planning and implementation; counselling and personal development; ergonomics/ human machine interaction

Dr Katerina Pavlou ( attention deficit, anxiety and stress in the workplace; personality and employee behaviour; employee and organisation relationships

Dr Evie Michaelides ( employees’ well-being (embitterment in the workplace, burnout, fatigue); recovering from work (work-related rumination)

Dr Maria Socratous ( management & gender culture; human resource development; global management/marketing

Dr Maria Charalambous ( remote e-working and its impact on wellbeing; work/life balance experiences; employee resilience; technology use and its impact on switching off from work; bullying and counterproductive work behaviours

Current availability and application details will be circulated via e-mail in November 2020

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