Simin Fadaee

Simin Fadaee


  • 4.049 Arthur Lewis Building, Sociology Department , Oxford Road

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

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Simin received her PhD from Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg in Germany (2009) where she also completed a Master's (2006). During her master's programme she spent semesters at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, and Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India and prior to that obtained a BA from the University of Tehran, Iran. She worked at Humboldt University of Berlin for several years and held a research fellowship at the University of Sheffield before joining the University of Manchester in January 2018. Her 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). She serves as a board member of the Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). In Manchester she works with the research group Movements@Manchester and the Sustainable Consumption Institute and is 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 issues of political sociology, social movements and activism, environmentalism and environmental politics and 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 and in depth empirical fieldwork.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • social movements
  • revolutions
  • political sociology


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