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Dr Morady is Principal Lecturer in International Relations and Development in the Department of Politics and International Relations. He researches in the fields of international political economy, the US/Iranian conflict, and state and development in post-revolutionary Iran. With a PhD from the University of Leeds, he has taught at the University of Westminster since 1994.

 Dr Morady pioneered the Democratic Education Network, which is run by students in the Department of Politics and International Relations. This project has built links with a number of different ethnic communities in London and various  key strategic partners at a national and international level, such as Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand and Peru. It works closely on issues such as politics, power, democracy, diversity, gender and remittance.

 Dr Morady has been awarded 'Outstanding Teacher' in 2013, 2014 and 2016 at the Staff Appreciation Awards, run and managed by the Students Union. The awards recognise his outstanding commitment and contribution to support students of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. In 2016 he won an award for 'Excellence in Student Experience' in the university-wide Staff Achievement.

Dr Morady is available for media commentary and analysis on the following fields: resources, democracy and development in the Middle East.


Dr Morady is the module leader for the following modules:


This module provides an in-depth introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of development studies. It introduces students to key debates in development theory and to the history of development policy and practice. The course encourages students to think critically about what development is, how it is carried out and what it can achieve. Through the module students are able to explore the ‘grand’ development theories and approaches such as modernisation, dependency, neo-liberalism and alternatives. The module gives students an opportunity to consider the role of these approaches in assisting or hindering progress in a globalised world, whether in terms of distribution of wealth, political change or human rights; and to further assess the relevance of various development policies to the everyday lives of people living in the global south.


This module draws on a variety of perspectives in international political economy in order to explain contemporary processes of international economic change. The course examines the role and power of a variety of market and non-market actors, such as multinational corporations and national governments. This module offers a critical overview of major perspectives in political economy and employs them to evaluate specific policies and institutions, nationally and internationally. 


 This module examines major issues in the political economy of the Middle East, specifically the legacies of imperialism, and the impacts of neo-liberalism on the regional economics and polities. It concentrates on national key resources such as oil and its implications on the state, politics, economy and society.


This module is designed to provide a basic framework of ideas within which to understand current debates around development. It provides a rounded understanding of key theories that inform thinking about development, knowledge of the historical experience of development, especially since the Cold War, and an understanding of some of the most significant policy debates in international development today.

PhD Supervision

Dr Morady currently provides PhD supervision in the field of international political economy, resources, development and democracy in the Middle East and Central Asia. He is willing to supervise PhD research in the areas of political economy, development studies, resources, democracy and development in the Middle East.


Dr Morady's research interests lay broadly in the area of the political economy of oil, democracy and development in the Middle East and Central Asia. His work is specifically focused on energy, development, and democracy in Iran. He has conducted both academic and practical research on globalisation, development, resources and migration, with scholars, students and communities in London, South America and Turkey.

Current Research

Dr Morady is currently working on a monograph examining the politics of the US/Iran conflict by examining discourses of 'myth' and 'reality' in foreign policy practice. In addition, he is researching the relationship between neo-liberalism and conceptions of the state in post-revolutionary Iran.