Dr Weeda Mehran is a senior research associate at CRPA. She is also a post-doctorate fellow at Global Studies Institute, Georgia State University. Her research takes a multidisciplinary approach to studying propaganda campaign across a number of militant groups such as the Islamic State, Taliban, Boko Haram and TTP. She is particularly interested in investigating dynamics of online communities and the relationship between online and offline structures, social and political relations and logics that produce and reinforce extremist ideologies among youth. Before joining the Global Studies Institute, Dr Mehran worked at Hamburg University and McGill University.
In 2015, She completed her PhD dissertation entitled “The Political Economy of Warlord Democracy in Afghanistan” at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. In 2007, she obtained a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Oxford as the first Afghan woman who graduated from Oxford University. She also has an MA degree in International Conflict Analysis from Kent University.
Dr Mehran is actively involved in national and global policy processes. She has worked with a number of NGOs and UN organisations in Afghanistan and has written several reports on politics and society in Afghanistan.