Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care

Dr Afshin Zilanawala

Dr Afshin Zilanawala

Senior Research Fellow

IOE - Social Science

UCL Institute of Education

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2013

Research summary

My research interests lie at the intersections of family and social demography and child development. I study how the social and economic context of families, as well as the race and gender of individuals, lead to inequalities across childhood and adolescence. My research portfolio extends to examining the influence of nonstandard work schedules on children’s health and development and parent’s wellbeing in the US and UK, work that has been funded by ESRC’s New Investigator Grant (Awarded £297,479 ($394,838)). I use national cohort data, including the Millennium Cohort Study, Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, and longitudinal studies from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study program. Overall, my research on the family determinants of child health and development is strongly interdisciplinary, embedded in using quantitative techniques, and focuses on child wellbeing in national and international contexts.

In my podcast, A Life's Work, I explore the latest evidence on shift work and how it affects family life and the health and wellbeing of mothers, fathers, and children. I speak to researchers, family focused charities and policy makers about the latest robust and meaningful evidence on the opportunities and pressures that shift work brings to the challenges of combining work and family life.  Check out our episodes: http://a-lifes-work.org/

Previously, I was an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University and have worked at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL.

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Columbia University
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2013
Columbia University
Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 2009
Columbia University
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2007
Wellesley College, Boston, MA
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2004