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Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Associate Professor


Dr. Kabir Sheikh is a Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Associate Professor at Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). He is the director of the Health Governance Hub - PHFI’s interdisciplinary programme of health policy & systems research, and leads a team of researchers conducting cutting edge research on a range of thematic areas including human resources for health, decentralization and participatory governance, health stewardship and regulation, primary health care, and universal health coverage. As director of the Nodal Institute for the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research at PHFI, he has stewarded countrywide advances in the development of health systems research, notably the KEYSTONE India capacity building initiative - a partnership of 13 institutions led by PHFI. Dr Sheikh is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Asian Century Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Visiting Professor at BRAC University Dhaka, and Visiting Expert-in-residence at the Universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape.

Dr Sheikh has a PhD in public health and policy from the LSHTM, and formative training in social medicine (University of Delhi) and infectious disease epidemiology (LSHTM). Through a career of 15 years, he has been engaged in research, teaching and training, health systems strengthening and policy development in India, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh, Australia, UK and Belgium, and transnationally through assignments with WHO HQ, and DfID and AusAID research consortia.

Dr Sheikh is Vice Chair of Health Systems Global, the premier international membership organization dedicated to promoting Health Systems Research and knowledge translation. He is health systems editor of the Health Policy & Planning journal, and an editorial board member of BMJ Global Health and Health Policy & Planning. Dr Sheikh has been a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio scholar-in-residence (2011) and Aga Khan Foundation International Scholar (2003-06). In 2011, he led the technical team (citizen and private sector participation) for the Government of India commissioned Expert Group recommendations on Universal Health Coverage.

Area of Interest

Global health, health policy and systems research, implementation research, human resources for health, decentralization and participatory governance, health stewardship and regulation, primary health care, universal health coverage

Research Publications

Books edited:

  • SHEIKH K & George A. Eds (2010). Health Providers in India: On the Frontlines of Change, New Delhi, London: Routledge

Journal Issues edited:

  • Science and Practice of People Centred Health Systems (2014) Health Pulicy & Planning. Supplement ii.
  • Health Systems in Asia (2015). Social Science & Medicine. Special issue. 145, 141-248

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • Phua KH, Sheikh K, Tang S, Lin V. (2015). Health Systems of Asia: Equity, Governance and Social Impact. Social Science & Medicine, 145, 141–144.
  • Nambiar D, SHEIKH K (2015). How a Technical Agency Helped Scale Up Community Action in Health: A Realist Exploration from Chhattisgarh State, India. Health Systems and Reform (accepted for publication)
  • SHEIKH K, Freedman L, Ghaffar A, Marchal B, el-Jardali F, McCaffery J, de Sardan JPO, dal Poz M, Flores W, Garimella S, Schaaf M. (2015). Posting and transfer: key to fostering trust in government health services. Human Resources for Health, 13(1), 82.
  • George A, Scott K, Garimella S, Mondal S, Ved R, SHEIKH K. (2015). Anchoring contextual analysis in health pulicy and systems research: A narrative review of contextual factors influencing health committees in low and middle income countries. Social Science & Medicine, 133, 159–167.
  • SHEIKH K, Saligram PS, Hort K. (2015) What explains regulatory failure? Analysing the architecture of health care regulation in two Indian states. Health Pulicy Plan. 30(1), 39–55.
  • Nambiar D, Narayan VV, Josyula LK, Porter JDH, Sathyanarayana TN, SHEIKH K. (2014) Experiences and meanings of integration of TCAM (Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medical) providers in three Indian states: results from a cross-sectional, qualitative implementation research study. BMJ Open. 4(11), e005203.
  • SHEIKH K, Ranson MK, Gilson L (2014) Explorations on people centredness in health systems. Health Pulicy Plan. 29 Suppl 2: ii1–5.
  • SHEIKH K, George A, Gilson L. (2014) People-centred science: strengthening the practice of health pulicy and systems research. Health Res Pulicy Syst. 12: 19.
  • Lakshmi JK, Nambiar D, Narayan V, Sathyanarayana TN, Porter J, SHEIKH K. (2014) Cultural consonance, constructions of science and co-existence: a review of the integration of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in low- and middle-income countries. Health Pulicy Plan; (advance access Aug 28, 2014)
  • SHEIKH K, Porter JDH (2013). Communicative rationality in health pulicy. Indian Anthropulogist 43 (1): 17-34 (Special issue on Anthropulogy and Public Health).
  • SHEIKH K (2013). Review of Zachariah A, Srivatsan R, Tharu S Eds. Towards a Critical Medical Practice: Reflections on the Dilemmas of Medical Practice Today. Social Scientist, 41(5-6), 83-87.
  • Raman VR, SHEIKH K, Verma N, Sharma N. (2012) Governance ‘Toulkits’ for Universal Health Coverage in India: Guidance on Implementing the Expert Group’s Recommendations. BMC Proceedings, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • Nambiar D, SHEIKH K, Verma N. (2012) Scale-up of Community Action for Health: Lessons from a Realistic Evaluation of the MitaninProgramme in Chhattisgarh. BMC Proceedings, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • SHEIKH K, Raman VR, Mayra K. (2012) Nurturing Nursing in India: the Need for Governance Reform. BMC Proceedings, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • SHEIKH K. (2012) Analyzing power in health systems: the case of medical dominance in India. BMC Proceedings, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • Nambiar D, Saligram P, SHEIKH K. (2012) Does ‘Giving’ influence Governance? Application of a Framework Describing the Rule of Private Philanthropy in Indian National Health Priority Setting. BMC Proceedings, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • Lakshmi JK, SHEIKH K, Nambiar D, Satyanarayana TN, Narayan V, Porter J. (2012) Engaging TCAM (Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medical) Providers for Essential Health Service Delivery in India: a Pulicy Analysis. BMC Proceedings, 6(Suppl 5), O6.
  • Dey S, Nambiar, D., Lakshmi, J., Sheikh, K., & Reddy, K. (2012). Health of the elderly in india: challenges of access and affordability. In J. Smith & M. Majmundar (Eds.), Aging in Asia: Findings from New and Emerging Data Initiatives. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.
  • SHEIKH K, Rajkumari, B., Jain, K., Rao, K., Patanwar, P., Gupta, G., Antony, K. R., et al. (2012). Location and vocation: why some government doctors stay on in rural Chhattisgarh, India. International Health, 4(3), 192–199.
  • Gilson L (2012). Doing Health Pulicy and Systems Research: Key steps in the process in Gilson L. Ed. (2012) Health Pulicy and Systems Research: Methodulogy Reader, Geneva: WHO [Contributor]
  • SHEIKH K &Nambiar D (2011) Government Pulicies for Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medical (TCAM) Services in India: from Assimilation to Integration? Nat Med J India, 24(4), 245-246.
  • Neogi SB, Hasan H, SHEIKH K, Zodpey S (2011) Scope for rotavirus vaccination in India: revisiting the evidence. Ind J Pediatrics 78(10), 1251-1255.
  • SHEIKH K, Gilson L, Agyepong IA, Hanson K, Ssengooba F, Bennett S (2011) Building the Field of Health Pulicy and Systems Research: Framing the Questions. PLoS Med 8(8): e1001073.
  • Gilson L, Hanson K, SHEIKH K, Agyepong IA, Ssengooba F, Bennett S (2011) Building the Field of Health Pulicy and Systems Research: Social Science Matters. PLoS Med 8(8): e1001079.
  • Bennett S, Agyepong IA, SHEIKH K, Hanson K, Ssengooba F, Gilson L. (2011) Building the Field of Health Pulicy & Systems Research: an Agenda for Action. PLoS Med 8(8): e1001081.
  • SHEIKH K & Porter J. (2011). Does the insularity of the medical profession threaten its future in national health? Nat Med J India 24(4), 229-230.
  • SHEIKH K, Porter, J. (2011). Disempowered doctors? A relational view of public health pulicy implementation in urban India. Health Pulicy Plan, 26(1), 83-92.
  • SHEIKH K, Porter, J. (2010). Discursive gaps in the implementation of public health pulicy guidelines in India: the case of HIV testing. SocSci Med, 71(11), 2005-2013. (Featured as a model implementation research study in Health Pulicy and Systems Research: Methodulogy Reader, WHO 2012)
  • SHEIKH K, Porter J (2010); Understanding practitioners' responses to national pulicy guidelines. In K Sheikh and George A. Eds. Health Providers in India: On the Frontlines of Change, New Delhi: Routledge
  • SHEIKH K, George A (2010); India’s health providers – diverse frontiers, disparate fortunes. In K Sheikh and George A. Eds. Health Providers in India: On the Frontlines of Change, New Delhi: Routledge
  • Joseph S, Kielmann K, Kudale A, SHEIKH K, Shinde S, Porter J, Rangan S  (2010). Examining sex differentials in the uptake and process of HIV testing in three high prevalence districts of India.  AIDS Care. 22: 3, 286 — 295
  • SHEIKH K, Porter J (2009). “Its 100% for me”: hospital practitioners’ perspectives on mandatory HIV testing. Ind J Med Ethics; 6(3): 132-137
  • Datye V, Kielmann K, SHEIKH K, Deshmukh D, Deshpande S, Porter J, Rangan S (2006). Private practitioners’ communications with patients around HIV-testing in Pune, India; Health Pulicy Plan; 21: 343-352
  • SHEIKH K, Porter J, Kielmann K, Rangan S (2006). Public private partnerships for equity of access to care for TB and HIV/AIDS: lessons from Pune, India; Trans Royal Soc Trop Med & Hygiene;100(4):312-320
  • SHEIKH K, Rangan S, Kielmann K, Deshpande S, Datye V, & Porter J (2005). Private providers and HIV testing in Pune, India: challenges and opportunities; AIDS Care; 17(6): 757-766
  • SHEIKH K, Rangan S, Deshmukh D, Dhulakia Y, Porter J (2005); Urban private practitioners: potential partners in the care of patients with HIV/AIDS; Nat Med J India; 18(2): 32-36.
  • Rajpal S, Kumar R, Dhingra VK, SHEIKH K (2000); INH induced psychosis – a case study; Ind J Allergy Applied Immunulogy; 14: 25-27
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