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Dr Papreen Nahar

Dr Papreen Nahar

Dr Papreen Nahar (PhD, MA, MSc)

Senior Research Fellow (Medical Anthropology and Global Health)
T: 01273 872788
Location: Ground Floor, BSMS Medical Research Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PX

Area of expertise: Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Qualitative Research Methodology 

Research areas: Health inequalities, Social exclusion, and marginality, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Stigma, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Co-design in implementation research, Community engagement, Formal and Informal health system, Non-Communicable Diseases & Co-morbidity with mental health, Self-management, mHealth, Ethnicity & wellbeing, Childlessness/Infertility, Patient’s experience & NHS, Reproductive Health & Sexuality, Gender, and Qualitative research.

Other faculty positions: Honorary Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Durham. Honorary fellow, Division of Population Health, Health Services Research, & Primary Care, University of Manchester, member of Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health, School of Global Studies.




Papreen Nahar has been awarded a PhD and a Master’s in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and her first Master’s in Child Development and Family Relations, University of Dhaka. Nahar has been conducting numbers of interdisciplinary research on diverse global health issues using medical anthropological and gender perspectives. Her research expertise are Health inequalities and Health system (Formal and Informal), Global public health and Research Methodology. Her current involvement is with Social Science Capacity Building for Sever Stigmatising Skin Diseases in 3 African countries. Capacity building on Non-communicable diseases and Comorbidity with mental health in 3 South Asian countries, Co-design community engagement CVD risk reduction implementation among disadvantage population in UK. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) pathways in Bangladesh via formal and informal health system. Her Geographic area of  work covers, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, The Netherlands, UK. 

Formerly, Nahar held posts at the Dept. of Primary Care and Public Health; BSMS, Dept. of Anthropology; the University of Durham, Centre for Primary care and Populations Studies; University of Manchester. She has completed her two postdoctoral studies at the Dept. of Anthropology; the University of Durham, and the Institute for Health and Society; University of Newcastle. Prior to that, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Dhaka and the Independent University of Bangladesh. Also worked at ICDDR, B. Nahar obtained grants from several councils; ESRC-GHC, NIHR-RIGHT, NIHR-GHRG, COR-NTD, NSPCR and HeRC. She has published over 20 research articles and over 10 book chapters.   


Dr Nahar's current research involvements are as follows:

  1. Social Science for Sever Stigmatising Skin Diseases- Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda [5-S Foundation study]
  2. Co-design Community Engagement for Cardiovascular Disorders Risk Prevention in UK: Implementation research- Belgium, France, South Africa, Uganda and UK [SPICES study]
  3. Improving Co-morbidity and capacity building on Non-Communicable Diseases and Common Mental health conditions- Bangladesh, India, Pakistan [IMPACT study]
  4. Morbidity management, and disability and stigma prevention [IMPRESS study]
  5. Tackling AMR- Social Lives of Medicines- Bangladesh [PAUSE study]

Recently completed selected research projects include,

  • Developing and Enhancing the usefulness of Patient Experience and Narrative Data within NHS system from Manchester University.
  • A Trusted Mobile Platform for the Self-Management of Chronic Illness in Rural Areas of India and the UK from Newcastle University.
  • Differential acculturation and its impact on wellbeing among Bangladeshi migrants in the North-East and South (London) UK, Durham University.
  • Adolescent Sexuality project, Do they match? Young people’s realities and needs relating to sexuality and youth-friendly service provision in Bangladesh, IIPH.
  • On the response of British Pakistani Muslims towards new reproductive technologies, Durham University.
  • Meaning of health security for disaster resilience among Bangladeshi migrants, ICDDR,B and Northumbria University.


Led modules for both Master’s and Undergraduate courses, subject includes, Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Qualitative research methodology, International health and development, Health and society, Infertility in Developing countries, Reproductive Health and sexuality. 

Selected publications

Emily K Rousham, Mohammad Aminul Islam, Papreen Nahar, Patricia Jane Lucas, Nahitun Naher, Syed Masud Ahmed, Fosiul Alam Nizame, Leanne Unicomb (2019). Pathways of antibiotic use in Bangladesh: qualitative protocol for the PAUSE study. BMJ Open 2019;9:e028215. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028215P

Papreen Nahar et al. (2017). At the margins of biomedicine: the ambiguous position of ‘Registered Medical Practitioners’ in rural Indian healthcare. Sociology of Health & Illness. Vol. 39 No. 4, pp. 614-628 doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12521

Papreen Nahar et al. (2017).  mHealth and the management of chronic conditions in rural areas: a note of caution from southern India. Anthropology & Medicine. Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 1-16, doi: 

Papreen Nahar and Sjaak. van der Geest (2014). How Women in Bangladesh Confront the Stigma of Childlessness: Agency, Resilience, and Resistance. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 28 (3): 381-398, doi: 10.1111/maq.12094

Papreen Nahar et al. (2013). Contextualising sexual harassment of adolescent girls in Bangladesh. Reproductive Health Matters; 21 (41):78-86, doi: 10.1016/S0968-8080(13)41696-8

Papreen Nahar & Annemiek Richters (2011). Suffering of childless women in Bangladesh: the intersection of social identities of gender and class. Anthropology & Medicine, 18 (3): 327-338, 

Papreen Nahar (2012). Link between infertility and poverty: evidence from Bangladesh. Human Fertility. 15 (1): 18-26, doi: 10.3109/14647273.2012.658111

Papreen Nahar (2010). Health Seeking Behavior of Childless Women in Bangladesh: An Ethnographic Exploration. Social Science & Medicine, 71 (10): 1780-1787  

Sjaak van der Geest & Papreen Nahar (2013). Understanding life through unwanted childlessness Ethnography and fiction from Ghana, Bangladesh and ‘Dystopia’. Anthropology Today,  29 (3): 3-7, doi: 10.1111/1467-8322.12027

Papreen Nahar et al. (2012). Indigenous indicators of health security in relation to climatic disasters in Bangladesh, Environmental Hazard, 12 (1): 32-46,