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Dr Afshin Zilanawala
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography


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My research interests lie at the intersections of family demography, child development, and population health. I study how the social and economic context of families and peer groups, as well as the race and gender of individuals, lead to health inequalities across childhood and adolescence. My research portfolio extends to examining the influence of nonstandard work schedules on children’s health and development and parent’s wellbeing in the US and UK, work that has been funded by ESRC’s New Investigator Grant (Awarded £297,479 ($394,838)). Overall, my research on the family determinants of health is strongly interdisciplinary, embedded in using quantitative techniques, and focuses on child health and development in national and international contexts.


In my podcast, A Life's Work, I explore the latest evidence on shift work and how it affects family life and the health and wellbeing of mothers, fathers, and children. I speak to researchers, family focused charities and policy makers about the latest robust and meaningful evidence on the opportunities and pressures that shift work brings to the challenges of combining work and family life.  Check out our episodes: http://a-lifes-work.org/


For my google scholar profile, see:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=pfl8I04AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Appointments
01-AUG-2018 Senior Research Fellow Epidemiology and Public Health University College London, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2013 – 31-JUL-2018 Research Fellow Epidemiology and Public Health University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Social Policy Columbia University
2009 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Social Policy Columbia University
2007 MS Master of Science – Social Policy Columbia University
2004 BA Bachelor of Arts – Psychology Wellesley College, Boston, MA
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