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


    Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies | 01/2024

    The Evolvement of Iran–Israel’s Rivalry in the Red Sea and Eastern Africa

    This paper reviews the history of involvement of the two countries in these regions, and analyses how policies of confrontation in both countries have changed and developed over the different historical periods.

    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.

    Research Project | 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

    Conference | 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 Organisers: Gulf Research Centre Cambridge Hamid Talebian (Speaker), Dr. Sara Bazoobandi (Speaker)

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

    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


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