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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 6 publications

    1. Political and ethnic identity

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt

      1. Politics
      2. Psychology
      3. Migration
      4. Ethnic Groups
    2. Family instability throughout childhood: building a more detailed picture

      Mike Brewer, Alita Nandi, Seetha Menon, et al.

      1. Lone Parents
      2. Young People
      3. Households
      4. Family Formation And Dissolution
      5. Life Course Analysis
    3. Localized power structure, conflict and poverty

      Anindya Bhattacharya, Anirban Kar, and Alita Nandi

      1. Politics
      2. Social Structure
      3. Rural Economics
      4. Labour Market
      5. Households
      6. Poverty
    4. Employment and perceived racial discrimination

      Shamit Saggar and Alita Nandi

      1. Labour Market
      2. Ethnic Groups
      3. Race Relations
    5. How diverse is the UK?

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt

      1. Demography
      2. Migration
      3. Ethnic Groups
    6. Understanding remittances in Understanding Society: quantifying ties overseas and ties to Britain

      Omar Khan and Alita Nandi

      1. Migration
      2. Ethnic Groups
      3. Finance


    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 57 in total

    1. Britain’s mixed-race population blurs the lines of identity politics

    2. Lies, damned lies and citizenship tests

    3. Why are more men filing for divorce than ever before?

    4. Separation effects: do women and children fare the worst financially after family separation?

    5. After the Pakistan school attack, we need to talk about Islam

    6. Is it time to drop the word 'ethnic' from our vocabulary?

    7. Women & children hit hardest by relationship break-ups

    8. Mothers and children suffer the most in family breakups

    9. Mothers and children suffer the most in family breakups, research suggests

    10. Women and children hit hardest by relationship break-ups as it is revealed that one in five single mothers fall into poverty after splitting with their partner

    11. Music unites UK faiths

    12. Being British. How do ethnic minorities feel when considering their Britishness?

    13. Non-British people more connected with British society

    14. Asians feel more British than white people

    15. Ethnic groups 'more British'

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