Sonia’s research is on the creation of human capital, the long term benefits of early life health interventions, gender inequality, the political economy of public service provision, intergenerational mobility and the dynamics of mortality, fertility and sex selection. She uses micro-macro data from Asia, Africa and Latin America and historical data from America and the Scandinavian countries.
She is Co-Investigator and Co-Director of the ESRC Research Centre for Micro-social Change (ISER) and Co-Investigator of the Programme for Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (Law) at Essex. Her recent research funding is from the British Academy, Grand Challenges Canada, the ESRC, the International Growth Centre, RCUK-Newton and the Bank of Sweden.
Interdisciplinary collaborations: Sonia's current scientific collaborations are with Law (Human Rights), Public Health & Medicine, Psychology, and Political Science.
See her IZA webpage to download recent papers: http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/personnel/photos/index_html?key=2905 and her googlesites page:https://sites.google.com/site/srbhalotra/
Gender: women's property rights, abortion, domestic violence, dowry, fertility, maternal mortality, gender wage gaps, political representation of women.
Political economy: political identity, substantive impacts of numerical representation of women and minorities, role model effects, the politics of ethnic violence.
Global health: infant mortality, maternal mortality, mental health, access to antibiotics, clean water programmes, temperature extremes, the long run impacts of early life health interventions, intergenerational mobility.
Child development: cognitive development, health, survival; dynamic the role of maternal behaviours, maternal depression, maternal health; environmental risk factors in early life.
The ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC)
Sonia is a co-director of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change at ISER Essex (MiSoC).
Sonia is also co-investigator on the ESRC Large Grant at the Human Rights Centre in the Law Faculty at Essex. See https://www.essex.ac.uk/hrc/research/bigdata.aspx