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Zara Saeidzadeh

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303386

Room: F3258

Zara Saeidzadeh

About Zara Saeidzadeh

Zara Saeidzadeh is a researcher and senior lecturer in gender studies. She defended her PhD thesis on “Trans and Sex Change in Iran: A Socio-Legal Study of Gendered Policies and Practices” in June 2020 and since then she has been working as a researcher and senior lecturer at Örebro University. Zara Saeidzadeh’s research falls within the field of social studies of gender, sociology of law and trans studies. In her current work, she focuses on violence against trans people in intimate relations, family and employment, drawing on the status recognition and trans citizenship.


Zara Saeidzadeh’s research interests revolve around feminist, social and legal theories on gender and gender relations, applying qualitative and quantitative methods inspired by transnational feminist methodologies. She is a member of Centre for Violence Studies where she conducts her current research. She is currently involved in the following projects:

Regimes of Violence: Theorising and Explaining Variations in the Production of Violence in Welfare State Regimes (2018-2021) Zara conducts her research within a project called The Politics, Expressions and Prevalence of Violence against Trans* People in the EU. In collaboration with Dr Sofia Strid, associate professor in gender studies, she works on theorization of violence against trans people at the EU level, looking at policies, activism and academia within the EU.

LAWGEM: New Quality in Education for Gender Equality (2019-2022) In this project Zara Saeidzadeh is involved in drafting the syllabi and writing textbooks for a master’s programme on law and gender. Moreover, she has been working on forming a legal clinic with Susanne Strand, associate professor in criminology.


Apart from being a guest lecturer in disciplines such as anthropology, women’s studies and medicine, Zara Saeidzadeh has been involved in teaching the following bachelor-level courses in gender studies: Gender Equality and The Nordic Welfare States; Gender, Power and Politics; and Men’s Violence against Women.


Articles in journals |  Articles, reviews/surveys |  Chapters in books |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries |  Manuscripts | 

Articles in journals

Saeidzadeh, Z. (2019). Understanding Socio-Legal Complexities of Sex Change in Postrevolutionary Iran. Transgender Studies Quarterly, 6 (1), 80-102.

Articles, reviews/surveys

Saeidzadeh, Z. (2016). Möte med Susan Stryker: Om trans, trans* och framtidens forskning. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, 37 (4), 92-99.

Chapters in books

Saeidzadeh, Z. (2020). Transnational Feminist Knowledge Production. In: Sofia Strid, Dag Balkmar, Jeff Hearn and Louise Morley, Does Knowledge Have a Gender? A Festschrift for Liisa Husu on Gender, Science and Academia (pp. 146-147). Örebro: Örebro University.
Banakar, R. & Saeidzadeh, Z. (2015). Culture: Reflections on Individualism and Community. Law and society on the roads of Islamic republic. In: Reza Banakar, Driving culture in Iran: law and society on the roads of the islamic republic (pp. 149-177). London: I.B. Tauris.

Conference papers

Saeidzadeh, Z. & Strid, S. (2019). Intersectionality of trans and feminism: The politics of recognition. Paper presented at European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG 2019), Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 4-6, 2019.
Saeidzadeh, Z. (2018). Socio-Legal Policies and Practices of Sex Change in Iran. In: . Paper presented at XIX International Sociological Association World Congress, Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018.
Saeidzadeh, Z. (2016). Legal and Social Misrecognition of Transsexuality in Iran. Paper presented at Trans*studies: An International Transdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Embodiment, and Sexuality, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, September 7-10, 2016.

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Saeidzadeh, Z. (2020). Trans and Sex Change in Contemporary Iran: A Socio-Legal Study of Gendered Policies and Practices. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Örebro: Örebro University.