Research Degree Student
I completed my BA in Archaeology & Anthropology at UCL after which I worked at the Population Council in Pakistan for two years. This encouraged me to pursue an MSc in Demography & Health at LSHTM followed by a specialisation in Demography at the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD). Following this, in 2016, I began my PhD at LSHTM in the Department of Population Health. In 2020 I started working as a Research Fellow with Dr Rebecca Sear in the Population Studies Group.
I have taught on the MSc modules Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH), Research Design and Analysis (RDA), Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (DANES) and Population Dynamics and Projections (PDP); and undertaken exam and essay marking for Basic Statistics and Social Epidemiology. As a Research Degree student, I also regularly organised and taught on the annual Personalised Additional Study Support tutoring scheme.
My research interests are interdisciplinary, spanning demography, evolutionary anthropology, human behaviour ecology and public health. My PhD draws from each of these disciplines to explore links between family structure, parental & alloparental care provision and children's wellbeing in northwestern Tanzania. I was based at the Magu Health and Demographic Surveillance Site in Mwanza, Tanzania between July and November 2017 for fieldwork, where I collected quantitative and qualitative data on father absence, various forms of care/investment from parents and other kin, and child anthropometrics.
I am a member of the Evolutionary Demography Group (EDG) and Population Studies Group (PSG) in the Department of Population Health (DPH). I currently work as Research Fellow on the project 'The Evolutionay Dynamics of Religion, Family Size, and Child Success' with Dr Rebecca Sear (PSG).