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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Niyousha Bastani is Assistant Professor in the Political Economy of Development. She holds previous degrees from McGill University and the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research is funded by the Cambridge International Trust, St John's College (Cambridge), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. 

She was previously Editor in Chief at the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.


Niyousha's primary research focus has looked at psychological and educational approaches to counter-extremism. Her overlapping research interests include the colonial histories of psychology, the politics of race, anti-Muslim racism (especially in the UK), education, liberalism, and the political thought of Sylvia Wynter. Her most recent research interest is in global usages of psychology for anti-imperial resistance, especially in Iran in 1960s-80s. 

She is also interested in the uses of digital technologies for political rule, especially in the UK, and has contributed to collective research on this topic for the group No Tech for Tyrants.  


Key publications: 


Bastani, Niyousha and Lorena Gazzotti (2021) “‘Still a bit uncomfortable, to be an arm of the state’: Making sense and subjects of counter-extremism in the UK and Morocco.” Environment and Planning C: Politics and  

Bastani, Niyousha (2020) “Education is the humanitarian’s burden: development and Iranian women’s memoirs.” Cultural Critique 109:64-94.  


Other publications: 

Bastani, Niyousha (2021) “The Intimacies of Surveillance.” The Long View, Islamic Human Rights Commission 

Tsui, Quito and Niyousha Bastani (2021) “The Inconvenience of Care: A Manifesto.” Engagée.  

Bastani, Niyousha (2020). “Over-representing Whiteness: On Educational Tactics.” The Sociological Review (Blog)  

Teaching and Supervisions


Niyousha is the coordinator for the core paper on Sociology and Politics of Development (Paper 3) for the MPhil in Development Studies. 

She also supervises MPhil students in the Centre of Development Studies.

Assistant Professor in the Political Economy of Development
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Niyousha Bastani

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