Dr. Soraya Tremayne: Curriculum Vitae
M.A. Status (Honorary), University of Oxford
Ph.D. Social Anthropology, Sorbonne, Paris
M.A. Social Anthropology, Sorbonne, Paris
B.A. Social Sciences, Tehran University
1998 -2010 Founding Director, Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology,
University of Oxford.
1994 -1996 Director, International Gender Studies,
Department of International Development Studies,
Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford
1984 -1994 Research Associate and Development Officer, International Gender Studies, Queen Elizabeth House,
University of Oxford
1983 - 2010 Co-Founding Director and Chairman, Social Analysis and
Anthropology Associates - SA3 Ltd, a consultancy firm
specialising in the application of anthropology to development
1973 -1983 Independent researcher, University of Oxford, and consultant, international aid agencies.
1968 -1970 Director, Ethnographic Museum of Tehran
1968 -1970 Senior Consultant, Council for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Culture and Arts, Iran
1968 -1970 Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Tehran and the National University () of Tehran.
Theoretical Areas of Specialisation:
Anthropology of Reproduction, Gender, Development, Applied Anthropology
Additional Professional Experience:
Since 2003 I have acted as expert witness in courts for Iranian asylum seekers in the UK. The cases cover a wide range of issues related to the social and cultural aspects behind seeking asylum.
Professional and Academic Associations:
1990 - present Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute
1998 - present Research Associate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
2006 - 2014 Member of the Finance Committee, Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)
2003 - 2006 Council Member, (RAI)
1998 - 2001 Vice-President, RAI, and Chair of the Special Projects Committee
1995 - 1998 Council Member, RAI
2000 - present Senior Common Room Member, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Founding convener of a seminar
series on Women’s Rights in the Middle East, The Middle East Centre, St. Antony’s College, University of
2004 Honorary Life Member of the Association of Social Anthropologists of Great Britain (ASA)
2009 - present Scientific Member of the Commission for the Anthropology of the Middle East, International Union of
Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).
Founding Series Editor, Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality Series, Berghahn Books
Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), Routledge, UK.
Member of the Academic Committee and the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Anthropology of the Middle East, Berghahn Books
Academic Adviser and Board Member of Farhang va Ensan (Culture and Human Beings), an anthropological journal published in Farsi language, Iran.
Editorial Board Member of the English language publication of the Welfare Journal, published by the Welfare University, Tehran, Iran.
Editorial Board Member of the English Language Journal of Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology (AJMB), published by Avicenna Research Institute, Iran.