Anthropology of Health Members
Dr Papreen Nahar, Ph.D.
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Papreen Nahar holds two posts as a Research Fellow, at the Durham University’s Department of Anthropology and the University of Manchester’s Division of Population Health, Health Service and Primary Care.
She has been conducting anthropological research in divers Global Health issues over 20 years.
Her thematic expertise and interests are Marginality and Inequalities in Health, Co-designed digital health interventions, Gender, Society and Medicines;AMR, Ethnicity and wellbeing, Patient’s experience, Global health, Health Service, Informal Health Sector.
Papreen’s conducted research topics are, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), mHealth for Diabetes and Depression, Feedback in Health Service/NHS, NCDs and comorbidites, Wellbeing of Bangladeshi diaspora community in UK, Self-management and chronic conditions, Reproductive Health and Sexuality, Natural disasters and Health, Childlessness & Infertility.
Her research locations: Bangladesh, India, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and BME population in UK.
Papreen obtained her Ph.D. degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her Ph.D. research is an ethnographic exploration of childlessness/infertility in Bangladesh, which is the only ethnography on childlessness in the South Asian region.
She served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies in Dhaka University, and afterwards in the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Independent University Bangladesh.
Prior to that she has contributed as a scientist at ICDDR,B.
Current and Reecent Projects and Research
- AMR study: The PAUSE; Who gets what and when? Pathways of antibiotics use among people and animals in Bangladesh. [Co-Investigator] Collaborators: Durham University, Loughborough University [Lead], Bristol University, ICDDR,B, BRAC University.
- Improving Outcomes in Mental and Physical Multimorbidity and Developing Research Capacity (IMPACT) in South Asia [Co-Investigator]. Lead organization University of York.
- NHS Health Service Study: The DEPEND: Developing and Enhancing the Usefulness of Patient Experience and Narrative Data’ (CPS, Manchester University).
- Diaspora, Ethnic Community Project: ‘Differential acculturation and its impact on wellbeing among Bangladeshi migrants in the North-East and South (London) UK’ (Durham University).
- Patient Public Involvement (PPI) project: Exploring the views and experience of British Bangladeshis in Manchester regarding digital interventions to support self-management for long term conditions and capture and use of patient feedback.
Other Recent Research
‘TRUMP: A Trusted Mobile Platform for the self-management for chronic illness in rural areas of India and the UK’, (EPSRC funded project).
Do they match? Young people’s realities and needs relating to sexuality and youth-friendly service provision in Bangladesh, Rutgers WPF, The Netherlands and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), UK.
Women’s Health in the 18th and 19th Centuries in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka.
The Meaning of Health Security for Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh: A Health Security Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. ICDDR,B and Northumbria University.
- Anthropology of Health
- Social Anthropology
- Global Health Special Interest Group
- ‘Conspiracy theory in health’.
Papreen Nahar has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Before moving to the UK from Bangladesh, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the Women and Gender Studies Department, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, as well as at the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). She also taught a course titled 'Public Health in Developing Countries' for visiting students from the Nursing School of Vermont University, USA.
Additionally, she used to be a visiting faculty in the following universities:
- James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh. (Module: 'Reproductive Health').
- Disaster and Development Centre, Northumbria University, UK. (Module: 'Community Wellbeing in Disaster and Development')
- Institute of Health and Society, (Module: 'Introduction to Global Health'), and Department of Geography, Politics and Sociology, (Postgraduate Training Programme: Ethnographic Traditions), Newcastle University, UK.
- Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg University, Germany. (Module: 'International Health').
- Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK.
- Health and Wellbeing of the Diaspora Community
- Health Security in Relation to Environmental Disaster
- Reproductive Health Issues of Both Males and Females (Infertility, Maternal Health, Family Planning, Pregnancy Behaviour, Sexuality)
- 1: Nahar, P., Kishore Kannuri, N., Mikkilineni, S., Murthy, G.V.S. & Phillimore, P. (2017). MHealth and the management of chronic conditions in rural areas: A note of caution from Southern India. Anthropology & Medicine 24(1): 1-16.
- 2: Nahar, P., Kishore Kannuri, N., Mikkilineni, S., Murthy, G.V.S. & Phillimore, P. (2017). At the margins of Biomedicine: The ambiguous position of ‘Registered Medical Practitioners’ in rural Indian healthcare. Sociology of Health & Illness 39(4): 614-628.
- 3: Nahar, P. & van der Geest, S. (2014). How Women in Bangladesh Confront the Stigma of Childlessness: Agency, Resilience, and Resistance. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 28(3): 381-398.
- Translated by Papreen Nahar & Original by Sonia Nishat Amin (2003). The world of Muslim Women in Colonial Bengal, 1876-1939 (Translated from English to Bengali). Bangla Academy Publishers, Dhaka.
- Nahar, P. (2015). Childlessness in Bangladesh: Women’s Experiences of Access to Biomedical Services for Infertility. In Accessing Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Issues of Culture and Diversity (Working Title). Simpson, R. & Hamshire, K. Oxford: Berghahn.
- Nahar, P., Collins, A.E., Alamgir, F., Ray-Bennett, N.S. & Bhuiya, A. (2011). Interrelations between water, health and livelihood in disasters. In Interlacing Water and Human Health: Case Studies from South Asia. Prakash, A., Saravanan, V.S. & Chourey, J. Sage Publication, New Delhi, India. 405-424.
- Nahar, P. (2011). Understanding the stigma of childlessness through the meaning of ‘mandatory motherhood’. In Roads and Boundaries: Travels in search of (re-) connection. Tankink, M. & Vysma, M. Diemen, the Netherlands. 132-141.
- Nahar, P. (2010). Mystery of empty laps: Life of childless women in Bangladesh. In Obgyn: Issues in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health. Belgium: Universa Press. 28-34.
- Nahar, P. (2010). State of women’s health in 18th and 19th centuries in capital Dhaka. In Women in Capital Dhaka. Bangladesh Asiatic society, Dhaka. Sonia Nishat Amin Bangladesh Asiatic society, Dhaka. 113-127.
- Nahar, P. (2010). Violence against childless women in Bangladesh. In Gender based violence and sexual and reproductive health. Donta, B., Shah, I. & Puri, C.P. National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, World Health Organisation, and Indian Society for the Reproduction and Fertility, Mumbai. 11-30.
- Sharmin, T., Nahar, P. & Chowdhury, K.K. (2009). Lay perception about illnesses and healthcare providers. In Health for the Rural Masses - Insights from Chakaria. Bhuiya, A. Print Link Printers. 55-66.
- Kazakos, K., Asthana, S., Balaam, M., Duggal, M., Holden, A., Jamir, L., Kannuri, N., Kumar, S., Mamindla, A., Manikam, A., Murthy, M., Nahar, P., Phillimore, P., Sathyanath, S., Singh, P., Singh, M., Wright, P., Yadav, D. & Olivier, P. (2016), A Real-Time IVR Platform for Community Radio, 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '16. San Jose, California, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 343-354.
- Nahar, P. (2007). Childlessness in Bangladesh: Suffering and resilience among rural and urban women. University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. PhD.
- Rousham, Emily K, Islam, Mohammad Aminul, Nahar, Papreen, Lucas, Patricia Jane, Naher, Nahitun, Ahmed, Syed Masud, Nizame, Fosiul Alam & Unicomb, Leanne (2019). Pathways of antibiotic use in Bangladesh: qualitative protocol for the PAUSE study. BMJ Open 9(1): bmjopen-2018-028215.
- Ray-Bennett, N.S., Collins, A.E., Edgeworth, R., Bhuiya, A., Nahar, P. & Alamgir, F. (2016). Everyday Health Security Practices as Disaster Resilience in Rural Bangladesh. Development in Practice 26(2): 170-183.
- Nahar, P., van Reeuwijk, M. & Reis, R. (2013). Contextualising sexual harassment of adolescent girls in Bangladesh. Reproductive Health Matters 21(41): 78-86.
- van Reeuwijk, M. & Nahar, P. (2013). The importance of a positive approach to sexuality in sexual health programmes for unmarried adolescents in Bangladesh. Reproductive Health Matters 21(41): 69-77.
- van der Geest, S. & Nahar, P. (2013). Understanding life through unwanted childlessness: Ethnography and fiction from Ghana, Bangladesh and ‘Dystopia’. Anthropology Today 29(3): 3-7.
- Nahar, P., Collins, A.E. Bhuiya, A., Alamgir, F.a Ray-Bennet, N. & Edgeworth, R. (2012). Indigenous indicators of health security in relation to climatic disasters in Bangladesh, Environmental Hazards. Environmental Hazards Dec: 14-19.
- Nahar, P. (2012). Invisible women in Bangladesh: Stakeholders’ views on infertility services. Facts, views et vision in obgyn 4(3): 149-156.
- Nahar, P. (2012). Link between infertility and poverty: evidence from Bangladesh. Human Fertility 15(1): 18.
- Zaman, S. & Nahar, P. (2011). Search for a lost cow: Ethical dilemmas of doing medical anthropological research in Bangladesh. Medische Antropologie 23(1): 153-163.
- Nahar. P. (2011). Suffering of childless women in Bangladesh: the intersection of social identities of gender and class. Anthropology & Medicine 18(3): 327-338.
- Nahar, P. , Alamgir, F. Bhuiya, A. & Collins, A. (2010). Contexualizing disaster in relation to health in Bangladesh. Asian Journal of Environment Water and Pollution. Asian Journal of Environment Water and Pollution 7(1): 55-62.
- Ray-Bennett, N.S., Collins, A. Bhuiya, A. Edgeworth, R. Nahar, P. & Alamgir, F. (2010). Exploring the meaning of health security for disaster resilience through people’s perspectives in Bangladesh. Health & Place 16(3): 581-589.
- Nahar, P. (2010). Health Seeking Behavior of Childless Women In Bangladesh: An Ethnographic Exploration. Social Science and Medicine 71(10): 1780-1787.
- Alamgir, F. Nahar, P. , Collins, A.E. Ray-Bennett, N.S. & Bhuiya, A. (2009). Climate Change and Food Security: Health Risks and Vulnerabilities of the Poor in Bangladesh. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses 1(4): 37-54.
- Shahaduz, Z., Shah, A. & Nahar, P. (2001). A comparative study on Nutritional knowledge among adolescent girls exposed and non-exposed to nutrition intervention program. Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine 20(2).
- Nahar, P., Sharma, A. Sabin, K., Begum, L., Khaled Ahsan, S. & Abdulla H Baqu (2000). Living with infertility: experiences among urban slum population in Bangladesh. Reproductive Health Matters 8(15): 33-44.
- Ross, J.L., Laston, S.L. Nahar, K. Muna, L., Nahar, P. & Pelto, P.J. (1998). Women’s Health priorities: cultural perspectives on illness in rural Bangladesh. Health 2(1): 91-110.
- Nahar, P. (1999). The wings of the butterfly: Reproductive life and self-image of Dutch women with epilepsy. University of Amsterdam. Masters.
- Nahar, P. (1993). Changing pattern of marital partner selection among middleclass Muslim families in Bangladesh. University of Dhaka. Masters.
- Nahar, P. (2010). Do they match? Young people’s realities and needs relating to sexuality and youth friendly service provision in Bangladesh. Rutgers WPF and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).