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Sahra Joharchi

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Dr Sahra Joharchi is a Lecturer in International Relations with teaching responsibilities on the BA (Hons) International Relations, BA (Hons) Politics and the Online MA International Relations courses.

She is the module leader for ‘Global Political Economy’ and Emerging powers of Asia’ on the BA (Hons) International Relations and BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations courses at the City and Clifton campuses. Sahra is also the module leader for 'The Political Economy of (Under) Development’ on the Online MA International Relations course.

Career overview

Sahra has a BA (Hons) International Relations (Nottingham Trent University, 2009), an MA International Relations (Nottingham Trent University, 2011) and a PhD in International Relations (Nottingham Trent University, 2017).

Sahra is a member of ISA, BISA ECPR, Nottingham Trent University’s MENA cluster research events, and BRISMES.

Research areas

Areas of research interest are Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, Global Political Economy, Iranian-Chinese Relations and also the development, and discursive construction, of Tacit Alliance Theory.

Sahra's current research interests focus on on-going Iranian-Chinese relations, and the impact of the New Silk Road Project on the identities and political economy of the MENA. She is also interested the concept of rogue states and their potential redemption and re-adaptation in the international community.

External activity

Sahra is a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy and is a member of the following associations and research centres:

  • The International Studies Association
  • The British International Studies Association
  • The European International Studies Association
  • The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies


Joharchi. S., 2014. A Tacit Alliance: The Political Economy of Iranian-Chinese Relations. The Maghreb Review. V39:1 pp31-52.

Joharchi. S., 2017. “One Belt, One Road” In the Eyes of Iranians. China and the World, vol., ed. Liu De-bin, (Beijing: China Social Sciences Documentation Press, 2017), pp. 36-46.

Joharchi. S., 2016.  Iranian Foreign Policy Ambitions and Aspirations: A Case Study of Iranian-Saudi Arabian Relations. In El-Anis, I. and Underhill, N. (eds.) (2016) Integration and Disintegration in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.