Dr Sahar Taghdisi Rad

Dr Sahar T. Rad is a development economist focusing on the political economy of international development, with particular interest in the Middle East and North Africa. She holds a PhD in development economics from SOAS. Her areas of research and work include the political economy of conflict, international development assistance, labour markets and employment policies, social protection and inequality. Dr Rad has previously taught political economy and international development at SOAS and King's College London, and has also worked as a senior economist at the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation, and the African Development Bank.

Dr Rad's research focuses on the political economy of selected aspects of international development, particularly: international aid; labour markets; inequality; and conflict.

Her current two research projects explore: the impact of the fourth industrial revolution and automation on employment and inequality in the Middle East and North Africa, and the role of social protection in transitional economies.


  • Climate Change, Energy Policy and Sustainability