Personal profile

Educational background

  • Ph.D. in International Relations of the Middle East, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
  • MSc in Advanced Marketing Managaement, Lancaster University, UK
  • BA (Hons) in Business Administration, Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran, Iran

Personal profile

Mohammad R. Kalantari is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations of the Middle East and Director of Centre for Islamic & West Asian Studies at Department of Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy. His research interest lies in the International Relations of the Middle East with particular focus on the interaction of regional doctrines, elite ideologies, and political Islam.

Currently, he is working on a project which aims to introduce an original network toolkit to develop a multi-levelled mapping of the structure of the IR of the Middle East. 

He has collaborated actively with policymakers and researchers in various inter-disciplinary projects addressing the contemporary affairs of the Middle East and the Muslim World.

Research interests

  • Middle East Politics: Religion and Politics, Social Movements, Separation of Powers, Networking
  • Comparative Politics and International Relations (IR): Introductory Modules, Theory Modules, the Comparative Politics and Intarnational Relations of the Middle East
  • Religion and Politics: Mediatised Religion, Clerical Elite Politics, Government Structure, Islam and Politics, Doctrine and Government Structure
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Network Pedagogy, Narratives
  • Political Methodology: Network analysis, Mapping



  • PR3600- Contemporary Middle East Politics
  • PR5954- Political Economy of the Middle East
  • PR5963- Islam and West Asia in International Relations
  • PR1500- Introduction to International Relations


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Associate Editor, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

15 Jun 2021 → …


  • International politics
  • Middle East
  • Political Islam
  • Shi'i Elites
  • Networked Politics