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Dr Amiya Bhatia

ScD MPH BA

Research Fellow
in Social Epidemiology and Child Protection

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Amiya's background is in social epidemiology and social anthropology. Her work examines health inequalities in the context of child health and child protection outcomes with a focus on how global health institutions produce and use data to understand these inequalities, particularly in South Asia. 

Amiya completed her MPH and ScD in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health and her BA in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge. She has ten years of professional and research experience working on a range of child health and protection issues including: pediatric HIV, immunization, polio, infant mortality reduction, undernutrition, birth registration, child labor, child marriage, and violence against children. She has also worked or conducted research for a range of organizations including the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the GAVI Alliance, the International Center for Equity in Health, UNICEF, UNFPA and the UN Special Rapporteur for the Sale of Children.

Amiya has worked in the United States, Brazil, Switzerland, India, Nepal and Ethiopia and has conversational proficiency in Nepali, Hindi and French.

Affiliations

Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

Amiya is on teaching teams for two MSc courses: Issues in Public Health and Social Epidemiology. 

In 2019 Amiya developed a free online course Child Protection: Children's Rights in Theory and Practice for HarvardX. 

Prior to LSHTM, Amiya was on the teaching team for graduate and undergraduate classes on global health, child rights and protection, theory and epidemiology, infectious diseases and history, and approaches to monitor health inequalities in Harvard College and at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health. 

Research

Amiya's research examines how child health and child protection outcomes are unevenly and unfairly distributed in low- and middle-income countries and the data used to measure these outcomes. Her current research takes a mixed methods approach to examine the links between social inequalities and violence against women and children. Amiya’s current projects examine:

  1. The effects of honor-violence on children
  2. Patterns and inequities in help-seeking for domestic violence in India
  3. Birth registration and access to identification for children both globally and in the context of India’s Aadhaar program 

Amiya's doctoral work examined which places and populations are missing from government health statistics in low- and middle-income countries, and the implications of this invisibility on policy and practice. She combined analyses of large scale datasets like the Demographic Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys with fieldwork and qualitative interviews with institutions that produce and use health data. This mixed methods approach allowed for an examination of the social and political context and epidemiology of three public health data systems – birth registries in 67 countries, cancer registries in India, and child protection data systems (for child labor, child marriage and violence) in Nepal. Her work examined how these systems can be used to measure population health inequalities by understanding both existing uses of data to monitor health inequalities and current efforts to include marginalized populations in these systems.

Research Area
Child health
Health inequalities
Health status measurement
Organisational research
Social and structural determinants of health
Surveillance
Adolescent health
Equity
Evaluation
Gender
Global Health
Inequalities
Mixed methods
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Epidemiology
History
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Cancer
Country
Ethiopia
India
Nepal
Region
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Violence Against Immigrant Youth in Canada: Why More Research Is Needed.
Adhia A; Bhatia A; Dawson-Hahn E
2020
JAMA Network Open
COVID-19 response measures and violence against children
Bhatia A; Fabbri C; Cerna-Turoff I; Tanton C; Knight L; Turner E; Lokot M; Lees S; Cislaghi B; Peterman A
2020
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Intimate Partner Violence, Maternal and Paternal Parenting, and Early Child Development.
Jeong J; Adhia A; Bhatia A; McCoy DC; Yousafzai AK
2020
Pediatrics
Corporal punishment, discipline and social norms: A systematic review in low- and middle-income countries
Lokot M; Bhatia A; Kenny L; Cislaghi B
2020
Aggression and Violent Behavior
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