Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

Research Fellow | Research Team Spokesperson

Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

  • Kurzer Lebenslauf

    • Since 02/2020: Associate at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    • Since 05/2018: Middle East Risk Consulting – Managing Director

    • 11/2015 - 05/2018: Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, Regent’s University London, UK

    • 01/2013 - 11/2015: Lecturer in International Political Economy, Regent’s University London, UK

    • 05/2012 -12/2012: Research Fellow, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore

    • 01/2012 - 05/2012: Senior Analyst, GCC Desk, Roubini Global Economics, London

    • 06/2010 - 11/2011: Senior Analyst, Global Strategy, Nomura International, London

    • Education: PhD. in Middle East Political Economy, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University, UK; MSc. in Economic Development in Emerging Markets, University of Reading, UK; BSc. in Civil Engineering, Tehran, Iran

    • Profil - Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, Washington DC

    Aktuelle Forschung

    • International Political Economy

    • Energy Economics

    Länder und Regionen

    • Iran

    • GCC


    Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson


    British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies | 03.2023

    Iran’s Foreign Policy Making: Consensus Building or Power Struggle?

    This article seeks to identify ways in which the foreign policy power hierarchy inside the Islamic Republic of Iran can be explained. It uses high-level diplomatic meetings as observable evidence in a novel analytical framework to identify the scope of competition and hierarchies in foreign policy decision-making processes. Results reveal that diplomatic activities of key foreign policy decision makers did not noticeably diverge.

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.02.2024 - 31.12.2025

    Digital Transformation Lab (DigiTraL), Phase II: Digitalisierung als Chance für Kooperationen mit globalen Partnern

    Das vom Auswärtigen Amt geförderte Digital Transformation Lab (DigiTraL) des GIGA analysiert die politischen Treiber und Konsequenzen der globalen digitalen Transformation. Dabei ist insbesondere der Globale Süden ein wichtiger Akteur und Gestalter dieses Wandels.
    FFO, 2024-2025

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.05.2021 - 28.06.2024

    Diversification and Economic Resilience of Iran

    This project focuses on factors that have shaped Iran’s strategies for economic diversification and resilience and examines the long-term socioeconomic consequences of such strategies. Economic diversification in this study is not limited to the traditional definition (i.e. the state’s strategy for diversifying economic activities away from the hydrocarbon sector). It looks beyond the country’s borders and captures diversification of trade and economic partnerships with Iran’s strategic allies.
    EU, 2021-2024

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 20.05.2024

    What to expect from Iran after death of President Raisi

    After the death of Iran's President Raisi: GIGA researcher Sara Bazoobandi analyses in an interview with Deutsche Welle what the incident means for the future of the country.

    Konferenz | 11.07.2023 - 13.07.2023

    Iran-Israel’s Rivalry in the Red Sea: Spill Over of the Mediterranean Proxy War?

    Gulf Research Meeting 2023, Cambridge University, Cambridge Organisation: Gulf Research Centre Cambridge Hamid Talebian (Vortragende:r), Dr. Sara Bazoobandi (Vortragende:r)

    Presentation of a draft paper by Dr. Sara Bazoobandi and Hamid Talebian at the annual Gulf Research Meeting conference.

    Istituto per gli studi di politica internazionale | 20.04.2023

    Striving for Equality, Women in the MENA Region

    Organisation: Istituto per gli studi di politica internazionale Dr. Sara Bazoobandi (Vortragende:r)

    The struggle for gender equality has remained hard to overcome for many MENA countries. Gender-based violence, lack of equal opportunities to economic activities, and deprivation from political participation and representation have been amongst the long list of such challenges. This event brings together experts of the field to share insights and analyses on the persistent gender inequalities across the region.

    GIGA Forum | 07.12.2022

    Der Kampf um Gleichberechtigung und Freiheit im Iran

    Der Kampf um Gleichberechtigung und Freiheit im Iran, Online event Organisation: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Shukriya Bradost (Vortragende:r), Gilda Sahebi (Vortragende:r), Dastan Jasim (Vortragende:r), Marcus Michaelsen (Vortragende:r), Dr. Sara Bazoobandi (Moderator:in)

    Dieses GIGA Forum befasst sich mit den Ursachen der Proteste im Iran und ihrer Bedeutung auf nationaler, regionaler und internationaler Ebene.

    Shukriya Bradost

    Gilda Sahebi

    Marcus Michaelsen

    Lehre | Fachgebiet Politikwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg | 2024

    Ideology, State Ethos, and Projection of Power in Iran

    The seminar provides a closer understanding of authoritarian politics, authoritarian strategic policy formation, and specific insight into the case of Iran.


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