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The Centre of Excellence in State Studies

Centre of Excellence in State Studies, Allameh Tabataba'i University

The Centre of Excellence in State Studies (CESS) was established to address the crucial topics around the concept of the state. State, as a buzz word and key term, is gradually gaining more importance and attention among academia. According to the national and international importance of the concept, the CESS was founded in Allameh Tabataba'i University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, to form a team of distinguished experts and researchers in the fields of political science, international relations, political thought, and global and regional politics, among others, to study and put forward practical solutions for improving the area of state studies.
The activities of the CESS include the following:

  • Investigation of the concept of state studies;
  • Conducting research on the state and publishing the results in distinguished academic journals;
  • Holding national and international conferences on the topic of the state;
  • Publication of books on the topic of state studies;
  • Supervising and advising students' these and dissertations on the topic of the state.


One of the priorities in the approval and establishment of the Centres of Excellence in Iran is the level and academic background of its members. In other words, a Centre of Excellence is approved by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT) if at least the team proposing the establishment of the CoE is composed of top experts and nationally or internationally distinguished professors in the relevant fields.

Moreover, the Centres of Excellence have to be interdisciplinary in nature. Thus, the activities defined for and the members enlisted in these Centres are from different academic areas.


The CESS is currently directed by Dr Shoja Ahmadvand. To view the director's full CV, you can click here.


Below, the members of the CESS are listed in alphabetical order (family names). For more information about members from ATU, you can click on the name of each member to view the complete CV page.

Contact the CoE

Email Address: to be announced.

Telephone No.: +9821 4839 2384