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Dr Bahareh Heravi


Bahareh Heravi

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Information and Communication Studies
01 716 8496
University College Dublin, School of Information and Communication Studies, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Dr Bahareh Heravi is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin (UCD). She serves as the Postgraduate Director of the School of Information & Communication Studies, a member of the Graduate School Board at the College of Social Sciences and Law, and a member of the central Application Steering Group under the auspices of the Registrar. Bahareh is the founder and Director of UCD Data Journalism CPD programme. Dr Heravi is the founding Co-Chair of the European Data and Computational Journalism Conference, and serves on the Editorial Board of the 'Digital Journalism' journal. In December 2018 Dr Heravi was appointed to the Irish Open Data Governance Board by the Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan. The board provides strategic leadership and governance in line with best international practice in the area of Open Data. It is tasked with considering how to improve the capacity and capability of public bodies in implementing Open Data, and considering opportunities to maximise the value of public sector data and information for long-term economic, social and democratic benefits. The board makes recommendations to the Irish Government in this regard. Dr Heravi holds a PhD in Information Systems from Brunel University London. Her academic background is in Information Systems, Web science, Social Web, Linked Data, Semantic Web, Software Engineering and System Design. She actively researches, works and teaches in the areas of data journalism and information visualisation. The main focus of her current research is in the nexus of Information Science and Journalism, particularly on Data and Computational Journalism. Prior to joining UCD Bahareh was a Research Fellow and a Research Group Leader at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUIG, where she founded the Insight News Lab (a.k.a Digital Humanities and Journalism research group) and led a number of R&D projects in collaboration with industry partners such as RTÉ. During 2014 and 2015 she worked as the Lead Data Scientist at the Irish Times, where she co-founded the Irish Times Data. Prior to her academic work, Bahareh worked over 10 years in the industry, designing, developing and managing Information Systems in various small, medium and large organisations in different sectors. She co-founded a successful software development company when she was 19 and sold her shares nearly 10 years later in 2010. Dr Heravi was selected as one of Silicon Republic's Sci-Tech 100, and is named one of "22 high-flying scientists making the world a better place in 2019".


  • BSc
    Azad University Tehran
  • MEngSc
    Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic)
  • Postgraduate Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education
    Brunel University UK
  • PhD
    Brunel University UK