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Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Manchester

I have been educated in Iran (University of Tehran), India (Jawaharlal Nehru University), South Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and Germany (University of Freiburg). I worked at Humboldt University of Berlin for several years before moving to the UK. My books include: Social Movements in Iran: Environmentalism and Civil Society (Author, Routledge 2012), Understanding Southern Social Movements (Editor, Routledge 2016), Contemporary Megaprojects: Organization, Vision and Resistance in the 21st Century (Co-editor, Berghahn 2021) and Marxism, Religion and Emancipatory Politics (Co-editor, Palgrave-Macmillan 2022). I am currently president of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Sociology , University of Manchester