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Dr Alita Nandi Senior Research Fellow & Associate Director for Understanding Society, University of Essex

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I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER). I conduct empirical research primarily in the areas of ethnicity and gender, specifically investigating differences in subjective wellbeing (e.g., life satisfaction, mental health) as well as economic wellbeing (e.g., income, wages). My other research activities are (i) in the formation, measurement and impact of identity on life outcomes, (ii) causes and consequences of harassment and discrimination, (iii) in measurement of institutional characteristics in developing countries and exploring their effects.

I am the Associate Director (Outreach) for Understanding Society and have contributed to its questionnaire design, particularly to the measurement of ethnic identity and identity across other dimensions and data management activities including partnership history datasets.

Research projects:

Understanding Society

What Works Wellbeing: Work, Learning and Wellbeing

The prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health: A longitudinal analysis

Poverty across ethnic groups through recession and austerity

Partnership dissolution and formation: how do they affect income, employment and well-being?

Misoc Project: Identity, behaviour and wellbeing



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    Displaying all 11 publications

    1. Low income dynamics among ethnic minorities in Great Britain

      Victor Perez, Ricky Kanabar, and Alita Nandi

      1. Households
      2. Poverty
      3. Income Dynamics
      4. Ethnic Groups
    2. Local institutional structure and clientelistic access to employment: the case of MGNREGS in three states of India

      Anindya Bhattacharya, Anirban Kar, and Alita Nandi

    3. Ethnic and racial harassment and mental health: identifying sources of resilience

      Alita Nandi, Renee Reichl Luthra, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Area Effects
      2. Social Networks
      3. Psychology
      4. Religion
      5. Ethnic Groups
      6. Well Being
      7. Social Capital
      8. Health
      9. Social Stratification
      10. Social Behaviour
      11. Social Psychology
      12. Race Relations
    4. Working hours, work identity and subjective wellbeing

      Mark L. Bryan and Alita Nandi

      1. Psychology
      2. Sociology Of Labour
      3. Labour Market
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
    5. Partnership dissolution: how does it affect income, employment and well-being?

      Mike Brewer and Alita Nandi

      1. Living Standards
      2. Family Formation And Dissolution
      3. Well Being
    6. Life satisfaction, ethnicity and neighbourhoods: is there an effect of neighbourhood ethnic composition on life satisfaction?

      Gundi Knies, Alita Nandi, and Lucinda Platt

      1. Area Effects
      2. Ethnic Groups
      3. Well Being
    7. A note on ethnicity and identity among the UK born population in Understanding Society

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt

      1. Politics
      2. Area Effects
      3. Religion
      4. Ethnic Groups
    8. Britishness and identity assimilation among the UK's minority and majority ethnic groups

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt

      1. Migration
      2. Ethnic Groups
    9. Explaining personality pay gaps in the UK

      Alita Nandi and Cheti Nicoletti

      1. Psychology
      2. Wages And Earnings
    10. Who are the UK's minority ethnic groups? Issues of identification and measurement in a longitudinal study

      Jonathan Burton, Alita Nandi, and Lucinda Platt

      1. Survey Methodology
      2. Ethnic Groups
      3. Social Policy
    11. Women's economic gains from employment, marriage and cohabitation

      Alita Nandi

      1. Labour Market
      2. Family Formation And Dissolution


    Displaying media publications 16 - 30 of 57 in total

    1. Pakistanis feel more British than locals in Britain: study

    2. Fascinating survey by the Institute for Social and Economic Research

    3. Our study was called Understanding Society

    4. Muslims are truest of true Brits, claims study into national sense of belonging

    5. Pakistan, India and Bangladeshi origin people feel more 'British' than native whites

    6. Minorities 'feel more British'

    7. Minorities 'feel more British'

    8. Ethnic minorities in UK feel most British, research finds: Muslims were most likely to say being British was important

    9. Muslims more likely to consider themselves British than their white counterparts

    10. Minorities 'feel more British'

    11. It will probably be...

    12. Survey reveals half of children of migrants families feel 'white British'

    13. Migrant families who now feel British

    14. It doesn't pay to be Mr Nice: Nasty colleagues earn £6,100 a year more than 'agreeable' workers

    15. Nice guys really DO finish last... Nasty people earn $10,000 more a year, study finds

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