Women in Saudi Arabia were until 2018 banned from driving. This study used the theory of connective action to explore the role of social media in the women campaign for the right to drive, and looked at how activists used digital media platforms to get their messages across to the Saudi publics and the international community. Findings showed how both connective action and collective action offer tactics that can complement each other in an online movement.
Leysan Khakimova Storie is an assistant professor in the Department of Strategic Communication at Lund University, Sweden. After getting her MA degree in intercultural communication and conflict resolution from the University of Kansas, she worked and studied in the PhD program at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation focused on networked public diplomacy. Prior to working at Lund University, she worked as Assistant Professor in strategic communication at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Leysan Storie’s current research interests relate to global strategic communication, public diplomacy, and women’s contributions to communication. Her previous studies have been published in the New Media and Society journal, the International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, and the International Journal of Strategic Communication.
Ali Khalil is assistant professor at the Department of International affairs and Social Sciences at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He holds a PhD and MA in Middle East Politics from Durham University and a BA in Journalism from the Lebanese University in Beirut. He has more than 15 years of experience in journalism, including 13 years with the global newswire Agence France-Presse (AFP) as Gulf correspondent based in Dubai, and with the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat in London. He also served as an adjunct faculty at the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah from 2012 to 2016. His current research interests are interdisciplinary, combining media studies with social sciences areas, with particular focus on social movement activism, women rights and gender equality.