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Shahin Payam (*1984) has been a research associate at the Chair of Diversity Sociology at the Technical University of Munich since April 2018, as well as a Psychologist at the City Youth Welfare Office since November 2020. He conducts research in the field of critical social psychology/critical sexualities, guided by a social justice perspective. His research focuses on heterosexual relationships and heteronormativity. Additional research is concerned with ethical and practical questions of sensitive (qualitative) methods involving vulnerable groups (e.g. children), and gender equality.
Shahin Payam's teaching and research interests have been shaped by his experience in foster care, vocational rehabilitation and refugee and migrant support. He has taught at Auckland University of Technology and completed a guest research stay at the Charité University Hospital Berlin. Shahin Payam studied Psychology (B.Sc.) at the University of Leeds in England, where he also obtained his Master's degree in Qualitative Psychology & Health (M.Sc.). He received his PhD in Psychology (Health) from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, where his thesis dealt with "Contradictory Heterosexuality: The Construction of Extra-relational Sexual Involvement."