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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 in the School of Information & Communication Studies. She serves as the Postgraduate Director of the school, and is the Director of UCD Data Journalism CPD programme. She is the founding Co-Chair of the European Data and Computational Journalism Conference. 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 was selected as one of Silicon Republic's Sci-Tech 100, and was named one of "22 high-flying scientists making the world a better place in 2019" ( 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 research, work and teach 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 Data and Computational Journalism. Prior to joining UCD Dr. Heravi 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 (Digital Humanities and Journalism) research group, and led a number of R&D projects in the News and Media area, 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. Dr. Heravi is the founder of Hacks/Hackers Dublin, which aims to bring 'hacks' & 'hackers' together. Prior to her academic work, Bahareh worked over 10 years in 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.


  • 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