Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

Research Fellow | Research Team Spokesperson

Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

  • Short CV

    • Since 02/2020: Associate at the GIGA Institute of 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

    Current Research

    • International Political Economy

    • Energy Economics

    Countries and Regions

    • Iran

    • GCC

    Research Programmes

    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.

    Blog Article | 10/2022

    Iran Protests: Reform, Revolution, or Status Quo?

    The demands of the protesters for regime change are a clear manifestation of the deep frustration and the loss of hope for reform among the Iranian public and seem to signal that the time is ripe for comprehensive change.

    Institute for International Political Studies | 20/04/2023

    Striving for Equality, Women in the MENA Region

    Organiser: Institute for International Political Studies Dr. Sara Bazoobandi (Speaker)

    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

    The Fight for Equal Rights and Freedom in Iran

    The Fight for Equal Rights and Freedom in Iran, Online event Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Shukriya Bradost (Speaker), Gilda Sahebi (Speaker), Dastan Jasim (Speaker), Marcus Michaelsen (Speaker), Dr. Sara Bazoobandi (Moderator)

    This GIGA Forum addresses the root causes of the protests in Iran and their significance at the domestic, regional, and international levels.

    Shukriya Bradost

    Gilda Sahebi

    Marcus Michaelsen

    Atlantic Council | 10/02/2022

    Where Is Iran’s Economy Headed?

    Organiser: Atlantic Council Dr. Sara Bazoobandi (Speaker)

    As Iran marks the 43rd anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, popular discontent with the country’s poor economic performance is rising. Even Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, recently complained about rampant inflation and the poor quality of domestic products. For decades, Iranian policymakers have strived to diversify away from oil, build resilience against sanctions and other external shocks, and to become the region’s largest economy. The Atlantic Council Future of Iran held a discussion about the extent to which those goals been achieved and Iran’s prospects for the future.


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