School of Social and Political Science

Dr Kaveri Qureshi

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Senior Lecturer


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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Health inequalities, Chronic disease, gender-based violence, Reproductive & child health, Relationship breakdown and divorce, Mental Health

If you are interested in being supervised by Kaveri Qureshi, please see the links below for more information:


I have an interdisciplinary background in sociology, anthropology and public health. I work on health and social inequalities in the UK and Pakistan, with a focus on migration, 'race'/ethnicity, gender, and families and relationships. My work is threaded by a concern with intersectional inequalities and how 'race'/ethnicity, class and gender shape experiences of health and intimate/personal life. My major projects to date address: 1) 'racial'/ethnic and class-based inequalities in non-communicable disease and debility in the UK, and their impoverishing effects in the context of welfare reform; 2) marital conflicts and mental ill health associated with gender inequalities and gender violence among South Asian minorities in the UK, highlighting the compromising of women’s rights through the privatization of marital dispute settlement; and 3) intersectional inequalities in maternal and child health in Pakistan, specifically how social locations differentiate women’s reproductive and caring experiences. Most recently, 4) I have been working on COVID-19 in the UK, with colleagues at the University of Oxford, tracing how people's experiences of infection and recovery have been shaped by their social positioning.

I love teaching. At the Global Health Policy Unit I have convened the courses 'Health and human rights: principles, practice and dilemmas', 'Global politics of public health' and 'Researching health and policy: quantitative methods'. I guest teach on the 'Anthropology of global health', 'Anthropology of health and migration', 'South Asia in the world', 'Gender and development' and on various qualitative research methods courses. Previously, at the University of St Andrews, I developed new sociology teaching for graduate-entry medical students, and at LUMS in Pakistan, I developed new undergraduate courses in medical anthropology and migration studies. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and convene the 'Diversifying Social Policy' working group. My thoughts about responsive pedagogies are reflected here.

I am excited about supervising research connected to global health equity and gender justice. At Edinburgh, I am supervising doctoral projects on mental health policy in Nepal, the family lives of queer British South Asian women, women's experiences of marital first name changes in North India, student mental health interventions in Pakistan, and higher education policy in Indonesia.

I am on the Editorial Collective of Medicine, Anthropology, Theory. I write reviews for a variety of journals as part of a feminist ethos of generous engagement with others' work.


Key publications

Jeffery, P. and K. Qureshi (eds.) (2022) Muslim Woman/Muslim women. Special issue of Contemporary South Asia.

Petit, V., K. Qureshi, Y. Charbit and P. Kreager (eds.) (2020) The anthropological demography of health. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Qureshi, K. (2019) Chronic illness in a Pakistani labour diaspora. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Qureshi, K. and E. Rahman (eds.) (2017) Infant feeding: medicalization, the state and techniques of the body. Special section of Women's Studies International Forum.

Qureshi, K. (2016) Marital breakdown among British Asians. London: Palgrave.

Pooley, S. and K. Qureshi (eds.) (2016) Parenthood between generations: transforming reproductive cultures. Oxford: Berghahn.

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Staff Hours and Guidance

Wednesdays 1-2.30, bookings here