Banafsheh Ranji is a researcher in sociology. She holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Oslo. She is the author of the book Journalistic Practices in Restrictive Contexts: A Sociological Approach to the Case of Iran (Routledge, forthcoming: September 2022). Her PhD thesis was acknowledged as an effective contribution to the field of Humanities research, and she received Hans Majestet Kongens Gullmedalje in 2020.
She is currently involved in the research project "Being a foreigner at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic: The impact of news consumption on the everyday life of migrants in Norway" (Samlende eller splittende? Betydningen av medieframstillinger av innvandrere for integrering).
Banafsheh Ranji has conducted research on the sociology of media and journalism in politically restrictive contexts. She is interested in ethnographic studies of everyday life. In her doctoral dissertation, she investigated how Iranian journalists navigate on a daily basis the “minefield” of their environment. She is also interested in research on the everyday life of immigrants in Norway. She is currently investigating the everyday life experiences of the population with an immigrant background in Norway during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project focuses on the portrayals of migrants in COVID-19 news coverage in Norway during the time of the pandemic, and the way these portrayals have affected the immigrants’ everyday life: How did immigrants feel? How were their emotions, routines, behaviours, well-being affected as a result?
- Hans Majestet Kongens Gullmedalje, Norway, 2020.
- Fritt Ord, Støtte til manusarbeid, Norway, 2021
- Research grant, Kone Foundation, Finland, 2015.
Ranji, Banafsheh (2022). Journalistic Practices in Restrictive Contexts A Sociological Approach to the Case of Iran. Routledge. ISBN 9781032140131. 168 p.