I am currently a senior researcher at The School of Art and Communication (K3) at Malmö University, working on a 3-year project funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR), FORMAS and SIDA and entitled: "Resilience in Urban Sudan (RUS): An Interdisciplinary Spatial and Temporal Study of Social Cohesion and Resilience to Tackle the Consequences of Climate and Environmental Change in Urban Khartoum". More info here.

My background is rather eclectic. I hold a BA in Political Science (2005), an MA in International Relations (2005) and a second MA in Middle Eastern Studies (2007). I obtained a Ph.D in History of International Relations (2011), with a dissertation on human rights in Iran during the Cold War. In my postdoctoral years I expanded my previous research into a broader project which looked at the origins of Iran's nuclear program through its connections with the West.

In my role as researcher and instructor at the Lund University Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) (2014-2018), my interest in Middle East history, culture and society went hand in hand with a growing interest in urban studies. More info here.

Worth mentioning is also my role as editor in a 2017 volume on the US development assistance to India during the Cold War. The book draws on extensive analysis on archival records from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the US National Agricultural Library, and the US National Security Archive.

I am an affiliated researcher at the Lund University Center for Middle Studies and at the Institute for Urban Research (IUR) at Malmö University.