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Dr Nasima Akhter

Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Anthropology

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Nasima Akhter, Assistant Professor (Research) in quantitative methods in the department of Anthropology, Durham University has over 15 years’ experience in quantitative research projects in various contexts. She works across interdisciplinary projects including applied health research and clinical trials, and teaches statistical concept and analytical methods. She provides quantitative methods expertise for designing, planning and implementation of health and nutrition surveys, and for monitoring and evaluation of interventions.


Dr Akhter obtained her PhD from the Institute for Global Health, University College London in 2013, which assessed food insecurity, poverty, and food prices inflation in rural Nepal following the 2008 global food price crisis. Her PhD research also assessed 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

  • Kate Hampshire, Adetayo Kasim, Nasima Akhter, Janelle Wagnild, Dr Heather Hamill, Elizabeth David-Barrett, Simon Mariwah, Gerry Mshana, Daniel Amoako-Sakyi, Graeme Ackland, Edmund Chattoe-Brown. “Analysis and Publication of WHO Research Data on Substandard & Falsified medicines”. Funder: World Health Organization, September-December 2020. 
  • Kate Hampshire, Adetayo Kasim, Nasima Akhter, Michele Castelli, Elsbeth Robson, Kassahun Alemu, Alister Munthali, Prof Simon Mariwah, Ms Nuzhat Choudhury. Research on Factors influencing Community Health Workers’ Effectiveness. Funder: Save the Children, Nov 2019-Oct 2020. 
  • What are the health and health inequalities impacts of the Big Local community empowerment initiative in England? NIHR Public Health Research, 2018 – 2021.
  • Systematic review of "Which public health interventions are effective in reducing morbidity, mortality and health inequalities from infectious diseases amongst children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)", Collaborative project with Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN), Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway; Durham University and Newcastle University. (May 2019-April 2020)
  • 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. 2019-2020.
  • 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 Groups

Department of Anthropology

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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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Selected Grants

  • 2019: Places and Communities, WSA WP1: What is known? Expert views and research synthesis (£6078.27 from National Institute for Health Research)
  • 2019: Scoping exercise for building partnership and exploring NGO data availablity and access in accelerating developmental impact in Bangladesh & Ethiopia (£14668.00 from ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN))
  • 2018: PACT Evaluation (£17925.00 from Education Endowment Foundation)
  • 2015: Evaluation of Wellbeing Service (£81884.00 from Durham County Council)