School of Social and Political Science

Dr Amrit Virk

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Lecturer in Health Policy


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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square,

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Research interests

Research interests


Amrit’s research, teaching, and writing is broadly focused on health policy and systems in low- and middle-income countries, spanning work across Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore), South Asia (India), and West Africa (Sierra Leone and Nigeria). Prior to an academic career, Amrit worked on sexual and reproductive health projects with NGOs in India. She has an active portfolio of work in participatory approaches and qualitative methods, currently focusing on projects with medical professionals and youth populations in Northeast India and West Africa.

Select Publications

  • What factors shape surgical access in West Africa? A qualitative study exploring patient and provider experiences of managing injuries in Sierra Leone', BMJ Open 2021, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 1-11. (with Mohd. Bella Jalloh et al.)
  • Hybrid Organizations in Health Systems: The Corporatization of Malaysia's National Heart Institute. Health Syst Reform. 2020 Dec 1;6(1):e1833639. doi: 10.1080/23288604.2020.1833639. PMID: 33314988. (with K Croke et al.)
  • Factors influencing use of essential surgical services in North-East India: a cross-sectional study of obstetric and gynaecological surgery; BMJ Open 2020 (with T Ensor et al.)
  • The Political Economy of Health Systems Reform in Malaysia Health Policy and Planning (2019) (with K Croke et al.)
  • Health care systems in low and middle-income countries. In Midgley J., Surender R and Alfers L (2019) Handbook of Social Policy and Development Edward Elgar publishers
  • Building sustainable partnerships with local researchers for qualitative health systems research BMJ Open 2019 (with R King et al.)
  • Qualitative research for large-scale sustainable impact on health in low-resource settings BMJ Open 2019 (with R King)
  • State of Advance Care Planning Research: A Descriptive Overview of Systematic Reviews, Palliative & Supportive Care 2018 (with G Jimenez, WS Tan et al.)
  • Overview of Systematic Reviews of Advance Care Planning: Summary of Evidence and Global Lessons, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2018 (with G Jimenez, WS Tan et al.)
  • Universalising health coverage in emerging economies: Policy developments in India for extending health care to poor populations. In E. Braathen, J. May and G. Wright (2016) Poverty and Inequality in Middle Income Countries: Policy Achievements, Political Obstacles; CROP series. Zed Books.
  • Towards universal health coverage in India: analysis of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) – the health insurance scheme for low-income groups. Public Health; 2015:129(6):810-7 (with Rifat Atun)


DPhil (Social Policy), University of Oxford

MPhil (Social and Political Science), University of Cambridge

MA (Political Science) and BA Hons. (Journalism), University of Delhi

Research interests

Amrit’s research interests are mainly in the area of health policy and systems in low and middle income countries.  She also has an active portfolio of work in participatory approaches and qualitative methods. If you are interested in being supervised by Amrit Virk, please see the link below for more information:





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Staff Hours and Guidance

Semester 1 (2022-23): Wednesdays, during Weeks 1-10 only, 12:00-13:30 (drop-in, 3.24 CMB)