Her research takes a multidisciplinary approach to studying Islamic radicalisation among youth, particularly investigating dynamics of online communities and the relationship between online and offline structures, social and political relations and logics that produces and reinforces radical ideologies among youth. This research project also aims at identifying gaps and contradictions in the relevant policy discourses.
Before joining the CSST, Weeda Mehran was a visiting scholar at the IFSH, Hamburg University and completed a PhD degree in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. She studied the role of warlords in the process of statebuilding in Afghanistan. She also completed an MA degree in International Conflict Analysis at the Brussels School of International Studies and an MSc degree in Sociology at the University of Oxford.
Weeda Mehran is also a human rights activist and has worked at a number of national and international organizations in Afghanistan including Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Integrity Watch Afghanistan, and Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan.