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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Social Anthropology Members

Dr Papreen Nahar, Ph.D.

Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

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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 Collaborations

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.

Research Groups

  • Anthropology of Health
  • Social Anthropology
  • Global Health Special Interest Group
  • ‘Conspiracy theory in health’.

Teaching Experience

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.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Health and Wellbeing of the Diaspora Community
  • Health Security in Relation to Environmental Disaster
  • M-Health
  • Reproductive Health Issues of Both Males and Females (Infertility, Maternal Health, Family Planning, Pregnancy Behaviour, Sexuality)

Selected Publications

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International Collaboration

  • Bangladesh, India