University of Calgary

Mohammad Sadeghi Esfahlani

  • Graduate Assistant-Teaching (ended on May 1, 2018)

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Areas of Research

My PhD dissertation entitled "A turn in social value systems? A meta-narrative of Germany’s 'Energiewende' as a social phenomenon of transition" is focused on the socio-cultural transition process underlying Germany’s “Energiewende”—the political-economic turn in Germany’s energy sector.

The main research questions ask: How can the Energiewende be understood in terms of transformations in social value systems? What were the drivers and barriers of these transformations? How did actors across different fields contribute to this phenomenon? These questions will be addressed in a meta-narrative constructed from in-depth interviews with experts (entrepreneurs and marginal observers) from different fields such as politics and public administrations, research, business, media and civil society organizations. 

My broader research ambition is to undertand Innovation as a holistic social process by looking at it through the lens of communications. My PhD dissertation project seeks to understand how the value of alternative energies (solar energy in particular) is socially constructed and how various actors on social and political levels influence value preceptions through non-technological innovation.

My areas of research interest are as follows:


Innovations in Communication

Actor-Network Theory

Social Value Systems

Identity Innovations


Innovation Policy

Politics of New Media

Collective Identities and Social Movements

Politics of Alternative Energies


Theory of Economic Development

Economics of Innovation

Economics of Identity


I graduated in International Business and Economics from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. My thesis presented a sociological critique of the concept of identity in a game theoretical model in neo-classic economics substantiated with a case study of socio-political developments Iran in 2009. 

My professional background encompasses research collaborations with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) in Washington DC, USA. Furthermore, I have several years of practical experience in marketing, sales and event management.


  • - International Management and Economics
    Technical University Aachen, Germany, 2010
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