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Centre for Iranian Studies

Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) Visiting Fellowship in Iran’s Environmental Sustainability at SOAS (2014/15)

8 May 2014

The Centre for Iranian Studies at the LMEI is pleased to announce a new Visiting Fellowship at SOAS devoted to promoting research and scholarship on Iran’s environmental challenges.

The new scheme is available for six month from 1 October 2014 to 31 March 2015. The purpose of the Fellowship is to build on the successful international conference convened by IHF in January 2014 to foster awareness about, and promote research on, Iran’s environmental problems in a wide range of areas relating to:

  • Water and agricultural resources
  • Air and pollution
  • Forests and woodlands
  • Wildlife and habitat
  • Community development

Applicants with expertise in any relevant discipline with an interest in the above broad areas are encouraged to apply. They must hold a PhD at the time of applying and a track record of research on Iran’s environment. They should also have sufficient command of English to be able to take part in the academic life of the Centre.

In the absence of teaching responsibilities, the Fellow will be in an ideal position to focus on their research and to act as the liaison academic expert to further awareness of, and research into, Iran’s environmental challenges through cooperation between SOAS and IHF. This will include cooperation with NGOs and regional bodies and international organisations, which are active on the issue of environment. The Fellow is expected to participate fully in the academic and intellectual life of the Centre for Iranian Studies (CIS) in particular and SOAS more generally, including interaction with research students and setting up and coordinating a set of regular seminar series on Iran’s environment in which international scholars and experts will be invited as guest speakers.  

The Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies, Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, welcomed this new addition to the expanding portfolio of Iranian Studies at SOAS and thanked the Director of the LMEI, Dr. Hassan Hakimian for his distinctively successful fundraising campaigns. He added:  "Together with the ongoing activities of the Centre, the MA in Iranian Studies and the Kamran Djam scholarships, SOAS is quickly emerging as a world class hub for the study of Iran."  

The successful applicant would be expected to give two public lectures at SOAS during her/his visit and produce a publication acknowledging that the research was conducted as an IHF Visiting Fellow at SOAS.

The Fellow will be given access to the LMEI and SOAS facilities (library, office space and work station) and he/she will receive some administrative support from IHF. The position will be remunerated with a monthly stipend of £2,000 plus economy class return fare from/to the Fellow’s country of residence.

Application Deadline: 30 May 2014

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  •  A short current CV highlighting research and publications track record in Iran’s environment  and contact information for two referees
  • A short description of the proposed research project at SOAS: its objectives, importance and expected output (max 600 words)

Applications should be e-mailed to Shahla Geramipour at: SG66@soas.ac.uk