Kaveri Qureshi
Dr Kaveri Qureshi
Lecturer in Global Health Equity
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
2.10 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)1316511637
Health inequalities Chronic disease gender-based violence Reproductive & child health Relationship breakdown and divorce Mental Health

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 the management of health and illness in families. I also have a growing interest in areas where the medical and the legal coincide. My work is threaded by a concern with intersectional inequalities and the social determinants of health and gender violence. 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 migrants and 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.

I combine research with a love of teaching. At the Global Health Policy Unit I convene the courses 'Health and human rights: principles, practice and dilemmas' and 'Researching health and policy: quantitative methods'. I guest lecture on the 'Anthropology of global health', 'Anthropology of health and migration', 'South Asia in the world' and 'Sociology of health and illness'. Previously, at the University of St Andrews, I developed new sociology teaching for graduate-entry medics, and at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, I developed new undergraduate teaching in medical anthropology and migration studies. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have supervised/am supervising PhD projects on low-cost transnational surrogacy in India, domestic finance among South Asian women, and mental health policy in Nepal. I am excited about supervising research connected to global health equity and gender justice.

I am on the Editorial Collective of Medicine, Anthropology, Theory and Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of South Asian Development. I also write reviews for a variety of journals.

Key publications

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 secion of Women's Studies International Forum. 

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

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