Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor
PhD (Social and Behavioural Sciences)
Dr Nandita Bhan works as Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India. She holds a PhD in Social and Behavioural Sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University. Her previous degrees include an MSc in Social Epidemiology (University College of London), MA in Social Work (Delhi University) and BA (Hons) in Economics. Nandita has worked at World Bank (New Delhi) in the “Moving out of Poverty” study (2006) and as consultant to Cardiff University for a systematic review on Slum Upgrading Interventions.
Nandita Bhan is presently supported by Department of Science & Technology (DST) Inspire Faculty Scheme for research on urbanisation and non-communicable diseases. Previously, she was a recipient of the PHFI Wellcome Trust UKC Career Development Research Fellowship (CDRF) (2014-2016) for research on the social epidemiology of chronic diseases. Previous awards include the Presidential Scholar award at Harvard University, Harvard Nutrition and Global Health Fellowship, Lady Meherbai Tata Trust Scholarship, Future Faculty Fellowship (PHFI), Sudhir Michigan Memorial Medal (Delhi University), Seema Nazareth Memorial Scholarship (Delhi University) and Mathematics Study Advancement Project Prize. Nandita was featured in India Today story on 15 young academics reversing the brain drain. (Link: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/young-academics-return-india-leaving-their-careers/1/309635.html)
Nandita is an External Reviewer for Habitat International, Social Science & Medicine, International Journal for Equity in Health and Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Nandita is a Global Shaper (New Delhi hub) at the World Economic Forum.
Key Publications (online or available on request)
- Bhan N, Rao KD & Kachwaha S. 2016. Health Inequalities Research in India: A Review of Trends and Themes in the Literature since the 1990s. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15:166: DOI: 10.1186/s12939-016-0457-y
- Bhan, N., Karan, A., Srivastava, S., Selvaraj, S., Subramanian, S.V. and Millett, C., 2016. Have Socioeconomic Inequalities in Tobacco Use in India Increased Over Time? Trends from the National Sample Surveys (2000–2012). Nicotine & Tobacco Research, p.ntw092.
- Oyebode O, Pape TJ, Laverty AA, Lee JT, Bhan N & Millett C. (2015). Rural, urban and migrant differences in non-communicable disease risk-factors in middle income countries: a cross-sectional study of WHO-SAGE data. Plos One 10(4): e0122747
- Bhan N, Kawachi I, Glymour M & Subramanian SV. (2014). Have racial and ethnic disparities in asthma prevalence in the US increased over time? Time trends from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Study (1999-2011)”. American Journal of Public Health 2014, November 14. Ahead of publication.
- Bhan, N., Glymour, M. M., Kawachi, I., & Subramanian, S. V. (2014). Childhood adversity and asthma prevalence: evidence from 10 US states (2009–2011). BMJ Open Respiratory Research, 1(1), e000016.
- Agrawal S, Millett C, Karan A, Selvaraj S, Bhan N, Subramanian SV. (2013). “Socio-economic patterning of tobacco use in Indian states”, Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 17 (8): 1110-1117.
- Bhan, N. (2013), Slum upgrading strategies involving physical environment and infrastructure interventions and their effects on health and socio-economic outcomes. Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 6:57. doi: 10.1111/jebm.12026
- Turley R, Saith R, Bhan N, Doyle J, Jones K & Waters E. (2013). Methodological challenges that arise in systematic reviews of complex interventions – lessons from a review of slum upgrading interventions. Cochrane Update. Journal of Public Health 2013; 35: 171-175
- Turley R, Saith R, Bhan N, Rehfuess E, Carter B. (2013). Slum upgrading strategies involving physical environment and infrastructure interventions and their effects on health and socio-economic outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD010067. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010067.pub2.
- Bhan N, Srivastava S, Agrawal S, et al. (2012). Are socioeconomic disparities in tobacco consumption increasing in India? A repeated cross-sectional multilevel analysis. BMJ Open 2012; 00: e001348. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001348
- Turley R, Saith R, Bhan N, Rehfuess E, Carter B. (2012). Slum upgrading strategies involving physical environment and infrastructure interventions and their effects on health and socio-economic outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD010067. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010067.
- Ramani S, Bhan N & Kakkar M. (2009). Understanding Causes and Seeking Interventions for Child Deaths: A Case Study for Adilabad – Andhra Pradesh (India). Commissioned by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (India). Funding Agency: WHO India Office. Report published by WHO, 2009.
- Ramani, S., Bhan, N., & Kakkar, M. Motivation of healthcare workers to combat child mortality in tribal areas: Lessons from India.
- Bhan N. (2008). “Climate change and health: research challenges for vulnerable populations”, Published in Young Voices in Research for Health, 2008 Essay Competition for the under-30s organized jointly by the Lancet and the Global Forum for Health Research
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