>>> Academic

  • 2016-2020

PhD, Human Geography (magna cum laude)
Geographisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg
Scholarship from Hans-Böckler-Stiftung

  • 2010-2011

MSc Gender Research (Merit)
London School of Economic and Political Sciences
PJD Wiles Scholarship

  • 2003-2008

B.A. Social Research (17.28/20)
Allmeh Tabatabaie University of Social Sciences, Tehran

  • 2002-2003

Journalism Diploma (16.95/20)
Centre for Media Research and Studies, Tehran

>>> Professional Training

  • 2019

Baden-Württemberg Certificate for Teaching and Learning at University Level, Das Hochschul Didaktik Zentrum Universitäten Baden-Württemberg, Heidelberg (Germany)

  • 2013

Introduction to documentary filmmaking, DocHouse Institute, London (UK)

  • 2012

Digital storytelling, Duckrabbit Institute, Devon (UK)

Production and Editing for Radio, British Council, London (UK)

  • 2007

Journalism and Democracy, FOJO (Institute for Further Education of Journalists), Kalmar (Sweden)


  • Current: Academic Staff in Political Geography (Post-Doc), Institut für Geographie, Universität Münster
  • 2019: Founder of the research network, “surveillance in the global South, (@SurveilSouth)
  • 2019: Scientific Assistant, Heidelberg Center for American Studies
  • 2018: Teaching Fellow, Universität Heidelberg, “Critical Perspectives on Geographical Knowledge Production”
  • 2014: Teaching Fellow, Science and Culture University, Tehran, “Sociology of Gender and Sexulaity”
  • 2011: Research Assistant, SOAS University, London, Chair of Prof. Sreberny for the book “Persian Service: The BBC and British Interests in Iran”
  • 2007-8: Research Assistant, University of Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, for research project, “Rapid Situation Assessment of Female Sex Workers in Tehran”
  • 2004-5: Research Assistant, University of Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences & UNODC, Tehran, for research project, “Analysis and Evaluation of Drug Demand Reduction Management”


  • 2001-17: Freelance Journalist and Stringer, for the New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, ABC News, Associated Press, etc.
  • 2015-16: Communication & Community Outreach Consultant , United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Tehran
  • 2011-14: Digital Communication Manager, British Council HQ, London
  • 2009-10: Media Officer, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Tehran

Voluntary Work:

  • Deputy member of the board in Hansa Forum, a citizen’s initiative in Münster’s Hansa Viertel
  • Active Membership in One-Million-Signature Campaign, a feminist movement tackling unjust laws against women in Iran, 2006-9
  • Creative Writing Teacher for Child Labourers, Society for Protection of The Rights of Children, Tehran, 2003


Die verratenden Körper: EU Grenzkontrolle durch biometrische Datensammlung’. Geowoche: Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, (geplant Oktober 2021).

Biometric Data Profiles in the EU’s Migration System: Code/Body at the Borders’.  RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021, Royal Geographical Society, London, (upcoming: September 2021).

Epistemic Consequences of Following Data from the Global South’.  RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021, Royal Geographical Society, London, (upcoming: September 2021).

Surveillance as Spatial Injustice’, VUB Research Chair in Surveillance Studies‘ Seminars, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgien, 17.06.2021

A Resilient ICT4D Approach to ECO Countries’ Education Response during COVID-19 Pandemic’. IFIP 9.4 Virtual Conference 2021: Resilient ICT4D, International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP)’s Working Group on the Implications of Information and Digital Technologies for Development 26.05.2021.

Self-harm as resistance against biometric data gathering in the EU’s migration system’, Digital Identity During Times of Crisis Workshop, Turing Institute, London, 24.05.2021.

Bodies that Betray: EU’s Corporeal Borders’. TILTing Perspectives 2021: Regulating in Times of Crisis, Tilburg University, Niederlande, 21.05.2021.

Authoritarian Surveillance: A Corona Test’, The Digital State. Technology and Government in Pandemic Times, the Centre for Digital Culture, the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, GB, 14.05.2021

Bodies that Betray: EU’s Corporeal Borders’. Geomedia 2021: Off the Grid, Universität Siegen, 07.05.2021.

Global Crisis, Local Platform: A Qualitative Analysis of Iran’s Online Educational Platform’. First Annual Conference of the Platform Governance Research Network, Online, .

‘It’s not feminism if it’s not intersectional: Ein Gespräch über Repräsentationspolitik’. Migloom Platform’s Talk Series for 8 March 2021, Instagram, .

Autoritärer Wandel: Wird die Corona-Krise die Überwachungspolitik ändern?’.Das humangeographische Kolloquium, Universität Jena, .

Cyber-Surveillance as Spatial Injustice: The Case Study of Iran’. Neue Kulturgeographie: Technocultures und Technoscapes, Bonn, .

Intelligent Filtering as Spatial|Data Injustice: The Case of Iran’. IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management, Brugg/Windisch, Switzerland, .

Spatial|Data Justice: Mapping and Digitised Strolling Against Moral Police in Iran’. “Urban Data, Inequality and Justice in the Global South” International Workshop, Manchester, UK, .

Contentious spaces: Resistance assemblages against moral police surveillance in Iran’. 8th International Conference of Critical Geography, Athens, Greece, .

Follow The Thing: Data’. VII. Interdisziplinärer Workshop: Privacy, Datenschutz & Surveillance, Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Deutschland, .

Panel: Anonymity, Privacy, Transparency, Surveillance’. Conference & Exhibition: A = Anonym, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Deutschland, .

Travelogue of Surveillance Technologies: Touring Iranian Users’ Data with no Visa’. Surveillance Studies Network – 8th Biennial Conference, Aarhus University, Denmark, .

Vorstellung der Doktorarbeit’. IRS Spring Academy 2018, “Investigating Space(s): Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches: Virtuality and Socio-Materiality” , Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Erkner, Deutschland, .

Political Spirituality and the Subject of Resistance’. Neue Kulturgeographie: Materie, Materialien, Methoden, Freiburg University, Freiburg, Deutschland, .

  • 2017

A Critical Study of Space: The Case of Iran’s Surveillance of Public and Digital Spaces’. Geomedia 2017: Spaces of the In-Between, Karlstad University, Sweden, 11.05.2017

  • 2015

Public harassment in Tehran: Gender performativity, shame, respectability and honour’. INSEP2015: Violence, Representations and Sexuality, Ghent University, Belgium, 14.07.2015


  • National Press Prize for Young Talents, Iran, 1998
  • Roshd National Press Prize for Journalists, Iran, 2003
  • National Press Prize for Reporters, Iran, 2003


  • Co-funding for a post-doc position from Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Germany 2020
  • PhD Scholarship, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Germany, 2016-2019
  • PJD Wiles Scholarship for master’s studies, UK, 2010-11