Dr Dharmi Kapadia BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

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I joined the Sociology Department as a Q-Step Lecturer in March 2017. My research focusses on racism, health, mental health and older people. I am a member of the ESRC Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), where I am Co-Investigator of the ESRC COVID Rapid Response project, 'Ethnic and Racial Inequality in a Time of Crisis'. I also work with the Synergi Collaborative Centre, researching racism in mental illness and mental health services and I am Co-Investigator and on the 'Ethnic Inequalities in Later Life' project funded by The Nuffield Foundation.

I obtained my PhD in Social Statistics in 2015 from the University of Manchester as part of an ESRC 1 + 3 (MSc and PhD) studentship. I investigated the role of social networks in women's usage of mental health services in the UK, and how this varied by ethnic group. I have also undertaken work looking at ethnic inequalities in the labour market, and the role of social networks in poverty for different ethnic groups. I was a member of the editorial board for the CoDE Dynamics of Diversity Census Briefings and co-author of two briefings on ethnic inequalities in unemployment. I was also a Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), exploring the links between social networks, poverty and ethnicity.  

Prior to completing my MSc and PhD, I was a Research Assistant in the Institute of Health Sciences at The University of Manchester working on a large mixed-methods study investigating the role of social networks in chronic illness management. I also worked in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at this University on two studies: a multi-site randomised controlled trial testing the effectiveness of speech and language therapy communication for preschool children with autism, and on a study evaluating multi-dimensional foster care for looked after adolescents. 

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