PhD          Media & Communications, London School of Economics          2013

MSc          Politics & Communication, London School of Economics          2007

BA             Politics & International Relations, University of Kent               2004


Half academic, half Product Owner in Health Tech, where I develop software applications that help accelerate convalescence and improve the quality of patient care.

Visiting Appointments

Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Free University Berlin, 2020-Ongong

Associate, Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, London School of Economics, 2015-2019.

ZeMKI Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, 2017

Visiting researcher, HIIG – Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, 2016

Associate, Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, London School of Economics, 2015 –

IDEAS Associate, LSE IDEAS – Centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy, 2013-15

Awards & Grants

Research Initiation Funding,                       De Montfort University, for Artificial Neural Networks for visual social media analysis, 2017.

Research Initiation Grant                             Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, for the Euro Crisis in the Press project, 2014.

Iran Media Program Grant                          Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2012.

Departmental Class Teacher Award          London School of Economics, 2010.

Central Research Fund Grant                     University of London, 2010.

LSE Media Research Studentship              London School of Economics, 2007-11

Maurice Vile Prize                                         University of Kent at Canterbury, 2003.

Social Sciences Faculty Prize                      University of Kent at Canterbury, 2002.

Invited Talks

Greece and the debt crisis, UF Linking (Chapter of the Swedish Association of International Affairs), Sweden, April 2015.

Euro crisis in the press, delivered at “Policy Communication on EMU and the euro”, European Commission, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, Brussels, 2014.

Democracy and Persian-language Satellite Television: A study of international broadcasting into Iran, delivered at the “2011 Durham Media Forum”, the Durham Governance Initiative, University of Durham, 2011.

Public Communication and Political Authority: The case of non-domiciled Iranian news media, delivered at the symposium on “Iran’s Media 30 Years after the Revolution: The state, new spaces, and identity in the Islamic Republic”, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2009.

Civil Society, Communication and Prospects for Democracy in Iran, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, Department of Government, LSE, 2008.


Journalism in Context, De Montfort University, 2015-2018

Journalism Dissertation, De Montfort University, 2015-2018

Opinions in a Mediatized Society, University of Gothenburg, 2014-15

Citizens, Politicians and the Media: Evaluating Democratic ProcessesUniversity of Gothenburg, 2014-15

Understanding the causes of Things (LSE 100), LSE, 2011- 13

Media & Communication Labs, LSE, 2009-11


Founder & Organiser, LSE Research Exhibition, 2010, LSE (writeup here and here)