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, History of Political Thought, Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis and Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

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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