Ruhi Khan

Ruhi Khan

PhD Researcher

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
Feminism, Gendered Violence, Journalism, Political Economy, Global South

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Research topic

Feminism 3.0 and the Black Box Society
Encountering gendered violence in the age of artificial intelligence

Feminism 3.0 probes what it is being a woman in a constantly emerging technological world (Web 3.0) and the impact of such technology-driven discourse on society (Life 3.0). The research raises pertinent questions on how technological innovation and use of data impacts women causes as an instrumental mode of knowledge creation.

The core of this research lies in exploration of human emotions and interactions and the expression of agency, voice and identity in relation to sexuality, the body and society. It studies Feminism with its more complex socio-economic considerations, structural power imbalances of a patriarchal society, the history of inequity based on gender, and the politics of knowledge in the technological driven society.

The research is situated in India where the marked distinctions between the online and real public sphere makes my research significant to answer one of the most important questions of our time - how effective and inclusive is Feminism 3.0?


Professor Shakuntala Banaji & Dr Simidele Dosekun



Ruhi Khan is a full ESRC DTP Researcher in the Media & Communication department at LSE currently researching on feminism and technology. She is also interested in media discourses about gendered violence, protests and is intrigued by the online discourses of misogyny and empowerment. She finds the relationship between politics and media an important indicator of the vibrancy of democracy and often studies this interplay in the UK and India. Data and its various implications on society like online categorisation, misogyny, trolling and self-censorship have been topics of her research.

She has a MSc in Media & Communication (Data and Society) from LSE and also has an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London and a degree in business management from University of Mumbai, India. She speaks on media, gender, politics, management practises, economics and development in the global south at conferences in US, UK, Europe, India and China.

Ruhi was a Jefferson fellow at the East-West Center, USA and a recipient of the Mary Morgan Hewitt Award for Women in Journalism. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade for UK & India in print, broadcast and online media. As a curator for Twitter UK, Ruhi has covered the 2019 general elections in India and other breaking news. She has worked as a principal correspondent with New Delhi Television and the Mirror newspaper in Mumbai, India. As a foreign correspondent based in London, UK, she has written on politics, gender, crime, development and international affairs for Indian and British publications including the Wire, Times of India Group, Mirror Group, Mid-day, and The PIE News. She has also been published in the Gulf News, Committee to Protect Journalists, Guardian CiF, the News of the World and more. She is the assistant editor for the LSE Media Blog and tweets @khanruhi

Publications and presentations

The “cantankerous bitch’” pulls no punches over misogyny: Women MPs in Westminster
– paper analysing gendered spaces and identity construction of female politicians in UK Parliament at the ECREA Gender & Communication conference, Padua, Italy – Nov 2019

Ordering the Social- categorisation, surveillance and symbolic power
–paper conceptualising the impact of data classification and surveillance on society, presented at Connected Life Conference, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK –June 2018
Published in the conference proceedings: Connect Life 2018: Information Control (pp-54-62). Available at: 

Smartphone wielding migrants and the culture of aversion
–paper analysing media representation of migrants using mobile phones, presented a paper at the ECREA Migration and Diaspora Conference, Bilbao, Spain - November 2017

Undemocratic Representations of Democracy –Media in India
– paper based on in-depth interviews with chief editors of several prominent Indian media publications, at the International Journal for Press and Politics (IJPP) Conference at the Reuters Institute for Journalism Studies, University of Oxford–September 2017

The SMART story of a rape in the night-time
– paper analysing media framing of rape cases in India presented at the (En)countering Sexual Violence in the South Asian City panel at the Asian Dynamics Conference, University of Copenhagen- June 2017

Rape, social mobilisation and media’s representation of protest: India story
- paper analysing the framing of protest movements in media in India, presented at the Protest & Media Conference at University of Westminster, London - June 2013

From Romeo to Rambo: Popular Portrayals of Journalists in Bollywood Cinema
- co-authored with Danish Khan –The IJPC Journal (Vol 4 – Fall 2012 –Spring 2013) Available at

Representation of journalists and journalism in Bollywood Films
- co- presented a paper at the London Film & Media Conference, London - June 2012