Mina Naeli M.A.


PhD Candidate

Email m.naeli@fu-berlin.de

Mina Naeli is a PhD student in the institute for media and communication studies, the Free University of Berlin. She holds her BSc in Management and Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), and her M.Sc. in Management and Information Systems: change and development from the University of Manchester, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM). Her research interests include ICTs and social activism, e-participation, and Human factors in information Systems.

Thesis: Exploring Impacts of Internet Communication on Social Activism in Iran: The Case of Women’s Rights Activists.


To contribute to the debates on democratic potentials of new information and communication technologies, the research aims to explore how patterns of social activism in Iran are affected by Internet communication. To explore this question, the research focuses on women’s right activists, who actively raise not only women, but also children and family issues in Iran. As their efforts encompass variety of areas and periods, the examinations are narrowed down on their initiations and activities during the 2013 presidential election in Iran. The results will be able to propose modified model of social activism in the country by growing use of social media.