Naysan Adlparvar is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Yale Program in Iranian Studies at the Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center. He also holds a Research Associate position with the International Humanitarian Affairs unit at the University of York (UK). Naysan recently completed his PhD thesis, at the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies (UK), investigating the changing nature of ethnic and religious identity in Afghanistan’s Bamyan Valley. His PhD research documented the effects of conflict and the impacts of post-2001 political reconstruction and socio-economic development upon inter-ethnic relations in Bamyan.
Naysan’s primary research interests surround the nature of social relations in conflict-affected and transitional contexts. This includes not only research on identity, ethnicity and religious affiliation, but also examination of processes of social cohesion, peacebuilding, and of issues surrounding the integration of refugees into host communities. In 2016, Naysan published an article entitled ‘The Evolution of Ethnicity Theory: Intersectionality, Geopolitics and Development’ that discusses the development of, and potential new frontiers of research in, ethnicity theory.
Naysan has previously worked for non-governmental organisations and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan, Jordan and Iraq conducting research and delivering development programming. His work has focussed on poverty reduction, community development, gender, and issues pertaining to social inclusion. He currently works with UNDP in Iraq to engage minorities and vulnerable groups in political and legislative processes.