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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 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 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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