Banafsheh is a PhD research fellow at the department of media and communication with a specialization in political communication and journalism. Her research interests include new media, journalism, alternative channels of expression/ alternative media. She is currently working on a PhD project on everyday practices of Iranian journalists and their use of new online media.
Banafsheh holds a master's degree in media and communication studies form the University of Helsinki, Finland (2011-2013). She graduated in communication studies from the University of Tehran, Iran (2006-2010). Banafsheh has also worked as a journalist in different media.