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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 12 publications

    1. Ethnic diversity in the UK: new opportunities and changing constraints

      Lucinda Platt and Alita Nandi

      1. Social Sciences
      2. Migration
      3. Research
      4. Ethnic Groups
      5. Surveys
    2. Unravelling the ‘immigrant health paradox’: ethnic maintenance, discrimination, and health behaviours of the foreign born and their children in England

      Renee Reichl Luthra, Alita Nandi, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Drug/Alcohol Abuse
      2. Social Groups
      3. Social Networks
      4. Migration
      5. Ethnic Groups
      6. Health
      7. Social Behaviour
      8. Race Relations
    3. The relationship between political and ethnic identity among UK ethnic minority and majority populations

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt

      1. Politics
      2. Psychology
      3. Migration
      4. Ethnic Groups
    4. Design and implementation of a high-quality probability sample of immigrants and ethnic minorities: lessons learnt

      Peter Lynn, Alita Nandi, Violetta Parutis, et al.

      1. Migration
      2. Survey Methodology
      3. Ethnic Groups
    5. Are there differences in responses to social identity questions in face-to-face versus telephone interviews? Results of an experiment on a longitudinal survey

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt

      1. Psychology
      2. Survey Methodology
    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. Minority report: ethnic minorities in Britain are experiencing contrasting fortunes when we look at pay and poverty

      Paul Fisher and Alita Nandi

      1. Poverty
      2. Income Dynamics
      3. Wages And Earnings
      4. Ethnic Groups
    8. Patterns of minority and majority identification in a multicultural society

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt

      1. Area Effects
      2. Psychology
      3. Migration
      4. Ethnic Groups
    9. Explaining personality pay gaps in the UK

      Alita Nandi and Cheti Nicoletti

      1. Psychology
      2. Wages And Earnings
    10. Developing ethnic identity questions for Understanding Society

      Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt

      1. Social Groups
      2. Survey Methodology
    11. Measuring ethnicity: challenges and opportunities for survey research

      Jonathan Burton, Alita Nandi, and Lucinda Platt

      1. Social Groups
      2. Survey Methodology
    12. Identifying Race and Ethnicity in the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth

      Audrey Light and Alita Nandi


    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 56 in total

    1. Lies, damned lies and citizenship tests

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

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

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

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

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

    7. Mothers and children suffer the most in family breakups

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

    9. 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

    10. Music unites UK faiths

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

    12. Non-British people more connected with British society

    13. Asians feel more British than white people

    14. Ethnic groups 'more British'

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

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