Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

Research Fellow

  • 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


    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.

    Dastan Jasim

    Doctoral Researcher

    Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

    Research Fellow

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 3/2022

    Re-Revolutionising Iran: Condemning Prosperity and Jihadi Management

    President Raisi is working to revitalise the Islamic Republic’s revolutionary values. While direct responses to socio-economic discontent consist of taking repressive measures, the government is also implementing a policy mixture shaped by the “jihadi” management style of a re-revolutionising elite.

    Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

    Research Fellow

    Moderator | 07/12/2022

    The Fight for Equal Rights and Freedom in Iran

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

    Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

    Research Fellow

    Speaker | 10/02/2022

    Where Is Iran’s Economy Headed?

    Atlantic Council Washington, DC: 10/02/2022

    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.

    Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

    Research Fellow

    Speaker | 09/02/2022

    Economic Prospects for the MENA Region: the Challenges of the “Long Covid”

    Institute for International Political Studies Milan: 09/02/2022

    Dr. Sara Bazoobandi

    Research Fellow


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