Zahra Tizro

Dr Zahra Tizro

Senior Lecturer

Psychology and Social Change

Department of Psychological Sciences , School of Psychology

Senior Lecturer in Psychology Teaching and research

Areas Of Interest

I would be interested in supervising postgraduates (either for master degrees by research or a PhD) wishing to do research on any of these topics:

  • Globalisation and Violence: Human trafficking, sexual harassment, online abuse, violence against women and children at war zones, violence against refugees and asylum seekers Psychology of political violence and conflict resolution with particular focus on Middle Eastern regions.
  • Psychology of Sexualities: Psychosocial aspects of health and embodiment (hybridity and identity performance).
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I am a social and health psychologist. My background is interdisciplinary, with degrees in psychology and gender studies, and my research interests focus on gender and violence from a cross-cultural perspective. I have a number of publications in this area that integrate critical and psychological theories of violence with innovative methodologies and empirical research. I have experience designing and executing multidisciplinary research projects.

Prior to joining the University of East London, I was working as a senior lecturer in psychology at York St John University. Meanwhile, I worked as a Research Fellow at the Academic Unit of Public Health, the University of Leeds on an ESRC-funded project of "Exploring Cross-cultural Values of 'Informed Choice'" in antenatal genetic screening using Q methodology. The focus of the research was to investigate values women, with diverse ethnic background, attached to the concept of 'informed decision-making' within the context of antenatal screening tests using Q-methodology. In the context of my PhD, I investigated the issues surrounding domestic violence against women in Iran which resulted in the monograph 'Domestic Violence in Iran: Women, Marriage and Islam'.

A particular interest is the exploration of violence at different scales, from the interpersonal to the international, with an empirical and theoretical focus on national and international relations. My most recent published co-authored manuscript is titled: The Political Economy of Iran Development, Revolution and Political Violence:


My Current research is focused on a cross-cultural project exploring the relation between embodiment, sexuality, mortality (fear and terror of death) and political violence and various forms of secular and religious extremism.

My latest co-authored monograph, The Political Economy of Iran: Development, Revolution and Violence, is newly published by Palgrave. In this work, we offer a novel theoretical framework for understanding socio-political development based on a hybrid methodology.

My previous project, on youth-to-parents-abuse, was collaboration between myself, Professor Lynne Gabriel (PI) and a number of other colleagues and the community based organisation 'Independent Domestic Abuse Services' (IDAS).
Meanwhile, I have led on projects on domestic abuse and gender based violence in Iran my first book was published by Routledge as a research monograph tilted 'Domestic Violence in Iran: Women, Marriage and Islam' and contributed in REF 2014. 



  • The Political Economy of Iran Development, Revolution and Political Violence:
  • Gabriel, L., Tizro, Z., James, H., Cronin-Davis, J., Beetham, T., Corbally, A., Lopez-Moreno, E., & Hill, S. (2017). "Give me some space": Exploring young person-to-parent aggression and violence. Journal of Family Violence, 33 (2). pp. 161-169.
  • Gabriel, L., James, H., Cronin-Davis, J., Tizro, Z., Beetham T. (2017). Reflexive research with mothers and children. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Journal (CPR).
  • Tizro, Zahra (2014). The role of orthodox jurisprudence in dealing with domestic violence against women in Iran. La camera blu, Journal of Gender Studies (10).
  • Tizro, Z. (2012). Domestic Violence in Iran: Women, Marriage and Islam. Routledge


  • Critical Social and health psychology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Individual differences