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Dr Afshin Zilanawala
Department of Social Science
Centre for Longitudinal Studies
55-59 Gordon Square
Tel: 020 7612 6705
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education

Research Summary

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, as well as the race and gender of individuals, lead to 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)). I use national cohort data, including the Millennium Cohort Study, Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, and longitudinal studies from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study program. Overall, my research on the family determinants of child health and development is strongly interdisciplinary, embedded in using quantitative techniques, and focuses on child wellbeing 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/

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01-AUG-2019 Senior Research Fellow Department of Social Science University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2018 – 31-JUL-2019 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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