SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Saghar (Sara) Birjandian

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Dr Saghar (Sara) Birjandian
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Dr. Saghar Birjandian's research at the Department of Politics and International Studies challenged the suitability of the mainstream framework of "transitional justice" in the Ugandan context by developing and applying a context-specific approach to problem analysis for policy development and then reconceptualising what "transitional justice" means from this alternative view. A Canadian by nationality, Dr. Birjandian is an interdisciplinary scholar who primarily draws on international relations theory, peace and conflict studies, constructivist grounded theory, and applied systems methodologies in her work on how to improve transitional justice and peacebuilding practice. Her research and teaching agendas emphasise grounded methodologies and participatory strategy development as more effective means to prevent mass atrocities and to achieve sustainable peace.

She previously worked as a Statement Gatherer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and as Deputy Direct of George Mason University's Genocide Prevention Program. 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 in British Columbia, Canada. 


  • Member, International Studies Association Canada
  • Member, Peace and Conflict Studies Association Canada
  • Member, Peace and Justice Studies Association Canada
  • Member, London Transition Justice Network
  • Member, International Association of Genocide Scholars 


  • Government and Politics in Africa
  • War and the International


  • Transitional justice
  • Policy Development
  • Systems Thinking
  • Social Change
  • Uganda