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

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ORCID: 0000-0002-8743-6178

Research Interests

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 publications 1 - 15 of 19 in total

    1. Employment to unemployment transitions and wellbeing- unpacking gender differences

      Alita Nandi

      1. Labour Market
      2. Unemployment
      3. Well Being
    2. EMB/ IEMB data

      Alita Nandi

      1. Migration
      2. Survey Methodology
      3. Ethnic Groups
      4. Surveys
    3. Partnership history data

      Alita Nandi

      1. Family Formation And Dissolution
      2. Life Course Analysis
      3. Surveys
    4. Family instability throughout childhood: new estimates from the British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society

      Mike Brewer and Alita Nandi

      1. Lone Parents
      2. Social Change
      3. Young People
      4. Family Formation And Dissolution
    5. Working hours, work identity and subjective wellbeing

      Alita Nandi and Mark L. Bryan

      1. Sociology Of Labour
      2. Labour Market
      3. Labour Economics
      4. Well Being
      5. Social Psychology
    6. Life satisfaction, ethnicity and neighbourhoods: Is there an effect of neighbourhood ethnic composition on life satisfaction?

      Lucinda Platt, Alita Nandi, and Gundi Knies

    7. How diverse is the UK? How British is the UK?

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt

    8. Understanding Society as a multidisciplinary tool to study life courses

      Gundi Knies and Alita Nandi

    9. How diverse is the UK?

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt

    10. Explaining personality pay gaps in the UK

      Alita Nandi and Cheti Nicoletti

    11. Explaining personality pay gaps in the UK

      Alita Nandi and Cheti Nicoletti

    12. Explaining personality pay gaps in Britain

      Cheti Nicoletti and Alita Nandi

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

      Jonathan Burton, Alita Nandi, and Lucinda Platt

    14. Women's Economic Gains from Employment, Marriage and Cohabitation

      Alita Nandi

    15. Ethnic Minority Women's Poverty and Economic Well-Being

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt


    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 58 in total

    1. Most people working from home want to keep doing it, new analysis using Understanding Society data

      1. Geography
      2. Sociology Of Labour
      3. Demography
      4. Labour Market
      5. Households
      6. Public Policy
      7. Household Economics
      8. Ethnic Groups
      9. Health
      10. Life Course Analysis
      11. Commuting
      12. Sociology Of Households
      13. Covid 19
    2. Britain’s mixed-race population blurs the lines of identity politics

    3. Lies, damned lies and citizenship tests

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

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

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

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

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

    9. Mothers and children suffer the most in family breakups

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

    11. 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

    12. Music unites UK faiths

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

    14. Non-British people more connected with British society

    15. Asians feel more British than white people

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    Micro-social change, surveys and data, tax and benefit microsimulation


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