PhD candidate, Sociology
I hold an MA in Sociology in the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and a BSc in Electrical Power Engineering from the Amir-Kabir University of Technology, Iran. My MA thesis concerns the role of risk in online activism, with a focus on Iran’s Green Movement. I am currently pursuing a PhD in the Faculty of Social Sciences at VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The topic of my research is: “Iran’s Green Movement between two elections (2009-2013): The dynamics of off- and online protest participation under repression”. I also extensively work on methods and software to extract online data to understand social phenomena.
I have served on the editorial boards and am frequent contributor of several intellectual journals, including the prominent Iranian journal on society and politics Goftogu, and of a number of the Iranian journal devoted to social and political issues. My research interests include Social movements, protest participation, repression, data mining and online social networks in particular the Iranian online social networks. I authored the chapter entitled “from virtual to tangible social movements in Iran” for the forthcoming civil society in Syria and Iran: Activism in authoritarian contexts.