Photo of Naysan Adlparvar, PhD student with the Participation, Power and Social Change research team

Naysan Adlparvar - DPhil Student

PhD students; Power and Popular Politics

Naysan has worked in a number of roles in Afghanistan with local and international NGOs, the United Nations and the Government of Afghanistan. This includes designing, managing, and evaluating implementation and research programmes. He has also worked as a researcher investigating the gendered impacts of microfinance programmes in Kabul, and the British aid model in Afghanistan. Most recently he has worked on poverty reduction issues with the United Nations Development Programme in Jordan and Iraq.

Naysan holds an MSc (Hons) in Applied Development Studies from the University of Reading and a BSc in Applied Psychology from the University of Durham. He started his career with long-term voluntary placements in northern India and South Africa.

PhD Topic

The changing pattern of social organisation in the Central Highlands of Afghanistan.

The Bamyan Valley - in the Central Highlands of Afghanistan - is home to a complex array of social groups. The valley has experienced numerous periods of conflict that have shaped identities and group boundaries. In recent years, following the cessation of conflict, Bamyan has experienced a period of rapid social change.

Naysan's doctoral research investigates the changing pattern of identity and relations between ethno-sectarian groups in Bamyan and assesses how these relations were formed from 1890s to the present day. It explains how and why this pattern of social organisation is changing in present day Bamyan, particularly in terms of marriage patterns, forms of religious and sectarian expression, and inequalities in access to education, control of local government, and ownership of land and the local market place.

Non-IDS publication

The Future of Afghanistan: Development Progress and Prospects after 2014

This paper responds to a number of the issues specified by the House of Commons International Development Committee for its inquiry on development progress and prospects in Afghanistan after 2014. More details

IDS Working Paper

Afghan Values or Women’s Rights? Gendered Narratives about Continuity and Change in Urban Afghanistan

IDS Working Paper 387 (2012)

There is considerable debate about the extent to which gender equality and womens’ rights are universal values. This debate has been particularly heated in Afghanistan where the violation of women’s rights by the Taliban regime was one justification used by the US and its allies for their invasion of the country. More details

Non-IDS publication

Between Fire and Water: A Hazarah Perspective on Reconciliation and Negotiations with the Taliban

Perspectives: Reconciliation and Negotiations with Armed Groups 1.1 (2011)

The paper portrays a Hazarah perspective on questions regarding reconciliation and negotiations with armed groups in Afghanistan. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Gender; Participatory methodologies; Poverty Inequality and Wellbeing.

Geographic Expertise:
Afghanistan; Iraq; Jordan.