The aim of this project is to analyze the return intentions of Iranian skilled individuals in the hope of providing some insights into possible factors that may be important in explaining Iranian skilled individual's non-return. A survey is designed in order to collect information on background characteristics, return intentions and various factors affecting the return intentions of Iranian professionals and students residing abroad.
Project Manager: Salome Siavoshi
According to unofficial reports, Iran has the highest rate of "brain drain" among developing countries. The mass migration of skilled individuals could have long-term harmful effects on the socio-economic development of the country and therefore studying trends of this migration is of significant importance. In particular, this project aims to focus on the current students in Iranian universities and evaluation of their intention to stay or leave the country after their graduation. A survey is being prepared in Persian to be conducted in several Iranian universities.
Project Manager: Hossein Rahdari
We are going to draw upon the challenges of integration and assimilation in exile, within social, political, psychological as well as historical contexts. As cultural texts, we use artistic and literary expressions of the Iranian Diaspora, vis-à-vis history and politics. Linguistic and psychoanalytical aspects of identity formation are central to this project.
Project Manager: Orkideh Behrouzan
Despite the existence of a tremendous amount of beneficial research in the field of Iranian studies, no exhaustive bibliography in this research domain is publicly available. Prof. Chehabi has kindly provided ISG with his invaluable "Bibliographia Iranica" which exceeds 6000 references. ISG plans to consolidate this bibliography into an online database which could be an instrumental resource for scholars interested in Iranian studies.
Project Manager: Mohammad Hafezi