I am a Principal Lecturer in International Development with teaching and research experience of 28 years. I am a National Teaching Fellow and have been awarded ''Outstanding Teacher'' in 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2019 by the Students Union and in 2022, I achieved Westminster Learning and Teaching Award. The awards recognise my flexibility and commitment to enhancing the student learning experience in multiple ways, including knowledge exchange initiatives with local and international partners, comprehensive extra-curricular activities, and student collaboration projects.
I have pioneered and directed various extra-curricular, staff-student projects, including the Democratic Education Network (DEN). DEN was a runner-up for the Students' Experience Award at the prestigious Guardian University Awards.
I have maintained a balance between my research and teaching and learning. My general research interest is international political economy and development. A key theme of my work is the interplay between the global economy and politics and its impact on the state and development in the Middle East. Taking this approach, I have several articles and books. I am currently working on the effects of the recent transition in the international political economy on the role and behaviour of the Iranian state at the regional and international levels.
My publications reflect the changes in the curriculum and contributes to the modules that I teach. I have published articles and books in collaboration with colleagues from the Middle East and Latin America, and in English, Turkish and Spanish.