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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 leads two undergraduate modules: 'nternational Political Economy, which  deals with the key conceptual and empirical elements of global political economy as an important field of study in politics and international relations; and and Global Governance and the State, that focuses on gaining an understanding of the architecture and dynamics of global governance. Both modules familiarise students with a broad range of relevant theoretical concepts from globalisation to division of labour, liberalism to Marxism, while applying such concepts to relevant real world examples from climate change to global inequality, international organisations and the role of the state.

Dr Rad also contributes to the teaching of other modules including Dilemmas of International Development and Oil, Globalisation and Development in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Dr Rad also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.


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.