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 am a Senior Lecturer at the Global Health Policy Unit, within Social Policy at the School of Social and Political Science, and a Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.

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 and elsewhere, 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', 'Global politics of public health' and 'Researching health and policy: quantitative methods'. I guest teach on 'Gender and development', 'Anthropology of global health', 'Anthropology of health and migration', 'South Asia in the world', 'South Asia: culture, politics, economy' 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. Some of 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 responses in Nepal; student mental health interventions in Northern Pakistan; higher education policy in Indonesia; women's experiences of caste, marginality and ritual healing; menstrual management; and marital first name changes in North India; and on the personal lives of queer British South Asian women.

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