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Durham University

Department of Anthropology


Dr Nasima Akhter

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Nasima Akhter, Assistant Professor (Research), is a member of Wolfson Research Institute of Health and Wellbeing and Department of Anthropology at Durham University. She has over 15 years’ experience in evaluation, monitoring and data analysis. She works across many projects in applied health research including evaluation of interventions and advanced data analysis, teaches statistical concept and analytical methods, facilitates grant applications and provides statistical support to student and staff.

Nasima obtained her PhD from the Institute for Global Health, University College London in 2013, which assessed food security and poverty, food prices inflation following the 2008 global food price crisis and affordability of a nutritionally adequate diet by socio-economic groups in rural Nepal. Nasima worked as a key researcher for the Helen Keller International Bangladesh’s Nutritional Surveillance Project, Homestead Food Production Program, external evaluation projects (1997-2007). She is experienced in project design, planning and implementation and completed consultancy projects for the WHO, UNHCR, Save the Children.

Current Research


  • What are the health and health inequalities impacts of the Big Local community empowerment initiative in England? NIHR Public Health Research, 2018 – 2021.
  • Determinants of quality of diet among rural households in Bangladesh. Collaborative project between Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University and School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo.
  • Repetitive behaviours in ASD. NIHR Health Technology Assessment. 2018 – 2020.
  • Multicentre randomised controlled trial of minimally invasive thoracoscopically-guided right minithoracotomy versus conventional sternotomy for mitral valve repair, NIHR Health Technology Assessment, 2016-2021
  • Preventing cardiac damage in patients treated for breast cancer: a phase 3 randomised, open label, blinded endpoint, and superiority trial of enalapril to prevent Anthracycline-induced Cardiotoxicity (PROACT). NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, 2017-2019.

Previous Projects

  • Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity, Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Grant, (2013-2018). PI: Professor Clare Bambra.
  • ‘Differential acculturation and its impact on wellbeing among Bangladeshi migrants in the North-East and South' (London) UK. PI: Professor Gillian Bentley. This project aimed to assess how British-Bangladeshis adapt to life in different parts of the UK, and whether their experiences as first- or second-generation migrants have an effect on health and wellbeing.
  • Nutritional Surveillance Project, Helen Keller International Bangladesh (1997-2007)


Research Interests

  • Health inequality
  • Nutritional assessment, Obesity
  • Evaluation of intervention
  • Bangladeshi Diaspora in the UK
  • Food security and livelihood

Selected Publications

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Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing