Dr Vahid Nick Pay

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Vahid Nick Pay  is a lecturer in International Politics and Research Methods at the Diplomatic Studies Programme. He is a member of the Management Committee at the Centre for International Studies (DPIR- University of Oxford), Fellow of Kellogg College University of Oxford and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. He is also an official advisor to the UK government's Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Dr Nick Pay is a multidisciplinary academic with expertise and interests in several fields of Social Sciences such as Political Philosophy, Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis and Discourse Analysis.

Before coming to Oxford in 2018 he served as an Assistant Professor of Politics and IR at the University of Kurdistan (Iraq), Adjunct Professor in Internatioanl Relations-Security Studies at the University of Paris (French), Lecturer in International Relations, Security Studies and Research Methods at Sciences Po Paris, Lecturer in Linguistics and Discourse Analysis at the University of Milan (Italian) and a Lecturer in Linguistics at Islamic Azad University, Iran (Persian). He was a winner of a Teaching Excellence Award in 2018. He also holds the French national higher education teaching and doctoral supervision qualification (habilitation).

Dr Nick Pay also served as the interim director of the Diplomatic Studies Programme in 2020. He designed and launched a department of Continuing Education at his previous institution and played a key role in launching a new Master of Studies Programme in Diplomatic Studies at University of Oxford in 2018. Throughout his career he has served multiple times as Chair of Exam Boards, Academic Director, Academic Advisor and Director of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies and as a member of several academic management boards.

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Publications and personal website: www.oxpolitics.com

Diplomatic Studies Society


Selected Publications


  • Nick Pay, Vahid, Republican Islam: Power and Authority in Iran (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016)

  • Nick Pay Vahid Religion and Global Violence (under review)

  • Nick Pay Vahid Religion and Global Environmental Politics (current project)

Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Nick Pay, Vahid & Omond, Andrew ‘Military ideology and Foreign Policy: A constructivist examination of IRGC’s ideological influence’, Routledge, Asian Affairs (February 2023) DOI:10.1080/03068374.2023.2174687

  • Nick Pay Vahid, ‘Religion and International Politics’ The International Spectator, Taylor & Francis (2022) doi.org/10.1080/03932729.2022.2053413 (Handbook on religion and international relations review)

  • Nick Pay, Vahid & Buszta, Piotr, ‘China in the UK Foreign Policy: Shifting to Progressive Liberal Internationalism’, European Journal of East Asian Studies, BRILL, 21 (2022) 1–23 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/15700615-02103004

  • Nick Pay, Vahid & Postolski, Przemyslaw, ‘Power and Diplomacy in the United Nations Security Council: The Influence of Elected Members.’ The International Spectator Taylor & Francis (Sep. 2021) DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2021.1966192

  • Nick Pay, Vahid & Ronni Gitonga Mutethia ‘US - Africa Relations: A Case Study of US-Kenyan Economic Diplomacy’ African Studies Quarterly Vol. 20 Issue 4, African Studies Center, University of Florida Press

  • Nick Pay, Vahid, & Calvo, Harry G. ‘Arctic Diplomacy: A Theoretical Evaluation of Russian Foreign Policy in the High North’ Russian Politics, Brill Vol. 5 issue 1, 2020 DOI: 10.30965/24518921-00501005

  • Nick Pay, Vahid & Nwosu, Elemchi ‘Politics of Sino-African Economic Relations: Promoting Rentierism?; Case Study Sino-Nigerian Economic Relations’ Asian Affairs, London: Routledge Taylor & Francis, Issues 2, May 2020, London: Routledge, 2020DOI: 10.1080/03068374.2020.1762358

  • Nick Pay, Vahid, ‘Comparative Constitutionalism: Challenges of Constitutional Sovereignty in Iran and Iraq’ Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Vol. 13, Issue 1, (2019) DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/25765949.2019.1586184

  • Nick Pay, Vahid. ‘Constitutional Rights and Liberties in the Islamic Republic: A Critical Review’ UKH Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 1 No. 2 (2018) DOI: 10.25079/ukhjss.v1n1y2017.34-45


  • More than thirty articles on contemporary political matters in prominent public outlet media such as Le Monde, Le Nouvel Observateur, Open Democracy, Respublica, International Politics, Open Democracy etc. in English, French, Persian and Kurdish languages.


Commissioned Handbook Review
  • Nick Pay Vahid, ‘Religion and International Politics’ The International Spectator, Taylor & Francis (March 2022) doi.org/10.1080/03932729.2022.2053413



Barbaris : A drama feature film (comédie dramatique, long métrage) on tyranny with École de Cinéma Louis-Lumière, Paris France (2018).