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Senior Research Scientist and Associate Professor

Devaki Nambiar is a Senior Research Scientist at PHFI with an interest in research and action on the social and political determinants of health and health reform in resource-poor settings. She concurrently supports post-graduate training and capacity building in health policy and systems research at the Indian Institute of Public Health - Delhi. She is a Bernard C Lown Scholar in Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a 2017 recipient of the Wellcome Trust/Department of Biotechnology Intermediate Investigator Fellowship.

With over a decade of experience in public health research in over a half a dozen countries and as many Indian states, Dr. Nambiar is a former Fulbright (2006-07), NIH (predoctoral and postdoctoral) (2006-09, 2009-10), and Fogarty scholar (2008). She was member of the core technical secretariat for India's High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage (2010-11), and the drafting team of India’s National Urban Health Mission Technical Resource Group (2013-14). She is currently leading action research on urban health inequalities, community action for tribal health, implementation research seeking to expand Comprehensive Primary Health Care to include non-communicable diseases, and a demographic study to understand adverse Child Sex Ratios in NorthEast India.

Dr. Nambiar serves on the National Technical Advisory Group of the Indian Government on Non-Communicable Diseases. She is a member of the American Anthropological Association, American Public Health Association, Health Systems Global (serving as Vice-Chair of the Knowledge to Action Working Group), the Society for the Social Studies of Science, Medico Friends Circle, and the People’s Health Movement. She serves on the International Editorial Advisory Board of Global Public Health, and has published in and peer reviewed several public health and social science journals. Dr. Nambiar received her doctorate in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009.

Areas of interest :

Health Policy/Systems Research, Health for All, Social Determinants of Health, Mixed Methods Research, Knowledge Translation


  • Nambiar D, Sheikh K. (2016). How a Technical Agency Helped Scale Up a Community Health Worker Program: An Exploratory Study in Chhattisgarh State, India. Health Systems and Reform. 2(2):123–134. DOI: 10.1080/23288604.2016.1148802 Daniels K, Loewenson R, George A, Howard N, Koleva G, Lewin S, Marchal
  • Nambiar D, Paina L, Sacks E, Sheikh K, Tetui M, Theobald S, Topp S, Zwi A. Fair publication of qualitative research in health systems: a call by health policy and systems researchers. International Journal for Equity in Health. 15:98. DOI: 10.1186/s12939-016-0368-y. PMID:27334117
  • Nambiar D, Dasgupta R, Thiagarajan S, Ganesan P, Gupta S. (2016). Reflections on Participation and Knowledge-making as part of India’s National Urban Health Mission Technical Resource Group Recommendation Exercise. International Journal of Health Services. DOI: 10.1177/0020731416661496 PMID: 27530990
  • Lakshmi JK, Sheikh K, Nambiar D, Narayan VV, Sathyanarayana TN, Porter JDH. (2016). ‘Getting the water-carrier to light the lamps:’ Discrepant role perceptions of traditional, complementary, and alternative practitioners in government health facilities in India. Social Science & Medicine. 166: 214-222. PMID: 27575933
  • Hosseinpoor A, Nambiar D, Schlotheuber A, Reidpath D, Ross Z. (2016). Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT): software for exploring and comparing health inequalities in countries. BMC Medical Research Methodology. DOI: 10.1186/s12874-016-0229-9. PMID: 27760520
  • Lakshmi JK, Nambiar D, Narayan VV, Sathyanarayana TN, Porter, J, Sheikh K. (2015). 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 Policy & Planning. 30(8):1067-77. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czu096. PMCID:PMC4559111
  • Nambiar D, Muralidharan A, Garg S, Daruwallah N. Ganesan P. (2015). Analysing implementer narratives on addressing health inequity through convergent action on the social determinants of health in India. International Journal of Equity in Health. 14: 133. PMCID: PMC4650492
  • Nambiar D, Narayan VV, Lakshmi JK, Porter J, 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 2014;4: e005203. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005203. PMID: PMC4248091
  • Nambiar, D. Rimal, R. (2012). Duty And Destiny: psychometric properties and correlates of HIV-related stigma among youth NGO workers in Delhi, India. AIDS Care. Jan. 2012. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2011.648597
  • Nambiar D. HIV-related stigma and NGO-isation in India: An historico-empirical analysis. Sociology of Health and Illness. Dec. 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01428.x
  • Sheikh K, Nambiar D. (2011) Government Policies for Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medical (TCAM) Services in India: from Assimilation to Integration? National Medical Journal of India. 24(4):243.
  • Nambiar D. (2011) On HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma And Building Solidarity Beyond Public Health. Indian Journal of Medical Research. Jul;134:124-7.
  • Nambiar D, Ramakrishnan V, Kumar P, Varma R, Balaji N, Rajendran J,  Jhona L,  et al. (2011) Knowledge, stigma, and behavioural outcomes among Antiretroviral patients exposed to Nalamdana’s Radio and Theatre Program in Tamil Nadu, India. AIDS Education & Prevention. 23(4):351-366.        
  • Nambiar D. (2010). Book Review: Performance Incentives for Global Health: Potential and Pitfalls. Global Public Health. 6(1): 106-109.
    Sood S, Nambiar D. (2006). Comparing Cost-Effectiveness of the Components of a Behaviour Change Communication Campaign on HIV/AIDS in North India. Journal of Health Communication. 11(S2): 143-16.
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