SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Saghar (Sara) Birjandian

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Saghar (Sara) Birjandian
Department of Politics and International Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Saghar (Sara) Birjandian
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Office No:
299a MB
Academic Support Hours:
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thesis title:
Reconceptualising Transitional Justice in Uganda: A Contextualised Approach to Problem Identification for Policy Development
Year of Study:
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Sara Birjandian is a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London). Her research focuses on developing a soft systems approach to map and analyse local interpretations of Transitional Justice in Uganda to further inform theory and practice. Prior to joining the MPhil/PhD program at SOAS, Sara served as a practitioner in Canada and Uganda where she worked on various atrocity prevention and transitional justice initiatives. She also served as the Deputy Director of George Mason University’s Genocide Prevention Program (GPP) and as a Statement Gatherer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. 

She holds a Master of Science in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Law and Human Rights from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics and Legal Philosophy from the University of Victoria. 


  • British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA)
  • Africa Studies Association (ASA)
  • Centre of African Studies (CAS)
  • International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)
  • Systems Dynamics Society (SDS)
  • International Law and Politics Working Group, British International Studies Association (BISA)


  • Government and Politics in Africa
  • War and the International


  • Transitional justice
  • Transformative justice
  • Systems Thinking
  • Social Change
  • Uganda