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Centre of Development Studies



Niyousha Bastani is a PhD candidate in Politics & International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge, where she researches the contemporary global agenda to Prevent Violent Extremism through Education (PVE-E), especially as it manifests in the UK. The central questions of her doctoral research concern the links between liberal ideals of education, psychology, and counter-extremism; the impact of educational counter-extremism policies on Muslims in the UK; and the role of psycho-education as a marker of race and health.  

Niyousha is Features Editor at the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and has recently finished her term as host of Declarations: the Human Rights Podcast, at Cambridge’s Centre for Governance and Human Rights.


Key publications: 

Bastani, Niyousha. 2020. "Education Is the Humanitarian's Burden: Development and Iranian Women's Memoirs." Cultural Critique 109: 64-94.

Teaching and Supervisions


Teaching Assistant Paper 4 Globalisation and Development

Teaching Assistant Paper 4 Globalisation and Development
 Niyousha  Bastani