Dr Papreen NaharPhD, MA, MSc, BSc

Research Associate

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Dr. Nahar is a Research Assoiate at the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, and a Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Durham University.


Dr. Nahar’s research interest is on the socio-cultural, political and gender dimensions of health, particularly in developing countries and diaspora communities.

She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her Ph.D. research is on the ethnography of childlessness/infertility in Bangladesh, which is the first of its kind in the South Asian region. She has also conducted research on women's reproductive health in The Netherlands and Bangladesh, as well as on climatic disasters in Bangladesh.

After completion of her Ph.D., Papreen was involved in two post-doc positions: the first at the University of Durham, researching the impacts of acculturation on the health and wellbeing of Bangladeshi migrants. The other at Newcastle University, regarding the scope of mHealth for self-management of diabetes and depression in rural India.

Her research work may be divided broadly into the following categories: ‘Health and technology’, ‘Women/adolescents’, ‘Reproductive and sexual health, ‘Health & wellbeing of migrant communities’, and ‘Natural disasters & environmental issues’. Papreen has expertise in global health, and has conducted research in Bangladesh, India, The Netherlands and the UK. Most of the research projects she has been involved with are qualitative in nature. Her research expertise covers the socio-cultural, political, and gender dimensions of chronic conditions and reproductive health in general, and infertility in particular. After being involved in migration and mHealth studies, her interest has recently shifted from specific health conditions to the health system.

Before coming to the UK, she has contributed as a researcher at ICDDR,B from 1994-2007. Later, she worked as an Assistant Professor at Dhaka University, Bangladesh, in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, and afterwards at Independent University Bangladesh, in the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.


Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Degree awarded in 2007.

M.A. in Medical Anthropology from the Department of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Degree awarded in 1999.

M.Sc. in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Degree Awarded in 1993.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

ASA: Association of Social Anthropologists.

AHRG: Anthropology and Health Research Group, Durham University.

MedSoc: Medical Sociology, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University.

ESHRE: Social Study Group of the ESHRE Special Task Force on “Developing Countries and Infertility”.

BSA: North East Medical Sociology Group, British Sociological Association.

SACIWater: South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies.

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