DPhil Candidate in Politics and Wellcome Trust Scholar in Society & Ethics, University of Oxford

Maziyar Ghiabi is a Doctoral candidate in Politics at the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College) and a Wellcome Trust Scholar in Society and Ethics. His research focuses on the phenomenology and politics of drugs, ‘addiction’ and drug policy in Iran, by using a combination of ethnographic methods and historical analysis. Educated in Italy at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari and at the University of Oxford where he obtained an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Distinction), he speaks Arabic, Persian, French, Spanish, Italian and English and has researched and worked in several MENA countries, He has published on the International Journal of Iranian Studies, Eurasian Studies, Revista Internacional de Culturas e Sociedades Islamicas (in Portuguese) and other academic and research journals. His broader interests encompass history ‘from below’ in the MENA, subaltern and contentious politics in the Global South, with a particular focus on Latin America.


  • –present
    PhD Student, University of Oxford
  • 2015–present
    Tutor, University of Oxford
  • 2011–2013
    MPhil, University of Oxford
  • 2008–2010
    Master International Relations, University of Venice Ca' Foscari


  • 2013 
    University of Oxford, MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Distinction)


  • 2014
    Drugs and Revolution in Iran: Islamic Devotion, Revolutionary Zeal and Republican Means, Iranian Studies
  • 2013
    The Strait of Hormuz: History of an Area of Geostrategic Power, Ayiné
  • 2012
    The Arab of Southwest Iran: Issues of the Balance of Power, Euroasian Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Society and Ethcis
    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust