Dr. Peristianis studied Sociology with Economics at the University of Kent, UK. Subsequently, he earned a Master’s degree (M.Ed.) in Education from Trenton State University, USA and a Doctorate in Sociology from Middlesex University, UK.
Professionally, he is one of the founders of Intercollege (1980) and more recently of the University of Nicosia (2007) – of which he is the President. He has carried out research and has published on several social topics including education, the family, youth and Cypriot nationalism. He is also the managing editor of The Cyprus Review, the only English-language refereed Journal Focusing on social, economic and political issues pertinent to Cyprus.