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Dr Nasima Akhter is an Associate Professor of Public Health at the School of Health and Life Sciences at Teesside University with over 15 years’ experience in observational and experimental research (RCTs in public health, clincal and educational settings). She is experienced in project design, planning and implementation, managing and analysing large and complex datasets.  She aims to make data available to support policy decisions to reduce inequality, food insecurity, and malnutrition, and is particularly keen on research promoting health of South Asians in the UK.

Research Interests: Health Inequalities, child and maternal nutrition, public health, migrant health, consumption patterns and healthy eating, food security,  evaluation of interventions.

Previously working with Durham University, she led a team of interdisciplinary researchers, and supported enhancement of skills in quantitative methods among students and staff. She has also completed consultancy projects for the WHO, UNHCR, Save the Children, Oxfam Canada among others. 

Her PhD from UCL Institute for Global Health, UK (2013), assessed impact of the global food price crisis on affordability of a nutritionally adequate diet by socioeconomic groups in rural Nepal.

In Bangladesh, working with Helen Keller International Bangladeshsh (1997-2007) she led a team of Analysis and Reporting Officers, and contributed as a key researcher for  the Nutritional Surveillance Project, Homestead Food Production Program, and various external evaluation projects.

Review panel experiences: She has contributed to the wider scientific community  as a  review panel memer for MRI, UKRI, ESRC, the British Academy, and EU funded Health Equity grant call (ERA4HEALTH partnership).

She currently serves as an Editor for

- BMC Public Health https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/

and the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition | About(biomedcentral.com) a BMC (part of Springer Nature) journal.

 

Supervision of PhD, Masters by Research students (completed, Durham University )

  • Nuzhat Choudhury (2019-2023), Durham Doctoral Studentship. The effects of nutritional vs social inequalities on prevalence of stunting in Bangladesh. Supervisors: Dr. Nasima Akhter, Professor Gillian Bentley, Professor Barry Bogin (Loughborough).
  • Alice-Amber Keegan, (2020-2022), awarded PhD. ESRC Nine DTP Scholarship. Parenting in the first 24 hours: Trialing an intervention to improve parent-infant caregiving in the in-patient postnatal period. Supervisors: Professor Helen Ball, Dr. Nasima Akhter.
  • Rosie Harris, Masters by Research, (2021-2022), submitted Thesis. Anthropology department. Sense of belonging, mental wellbeing, and help-seeking of Durham University students. Supervisors: Dr. Nasima Akhter, Dr. Jed Edward Stevenson.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Food and Nutrition Security in the Rural Plains of Nepal: Impact of the Global Food Price Crisis, University College London

Award Date: 18 Sept 2013

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