Simin Fadaee

Simin Fadaee


  • 4.049 Arthur Lewis Building, Sociology Department , Oxford Road

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

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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 serve as a board member of the Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). In Manchester I am the Director of Sociology Undergratuade Programme; I work with the research group Movements@Manchester; I am an affiliate of the Sustainable Consumption Institute and I am a member of the Manchester University Press Editorial Committee.  

Research interests

Theorethically my research is situated in debates surrounding the Northern-centric essence of sociology, and the extent to which theories, concepts and practices can travel across the North-South divide. My empirical focus is broadly on political sociology, social movements, revolutions and social justice. I have conducted research in a number of places but mostly in Iran, India and Germany. Most of my research is informed by response to contemporary world politics.

I am keen to supervise research students in the above mentioned areas. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • social movements
  • revolutions
  • social justice
  • political sociology


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