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Inequalities and health in China, India and Nepal

Are you interested in inequalities and health research in China, India, or Nepal? On the 7th-8th of June 2018, we will be hosting four experts in this field for an international research workshop. The workshop will include a research seminar and panel discussion, the opportunity to network with our invited guests on a 1:1 and/or group dinner basis, a meeting of the LAARG reading group, and a sandpit-style open discussion to foster research collaborations and future grant applications. Staff and postgraduate students welcome at all events.

Speaker bios and full details of our schedule of events are provided below. Please note that, as space is limited, registration is required for some events. Registration links are given in the schedule of events.


​Dr. Sumit Mazumdar, Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, United Kingdom, formerly at Institute of Public Health Kalyani

  • Dr. Mazumdar is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics, in the Global Health Economics Group. He joined the Centre in April, 2018. Until recently he worked as Assistant Professor (Health Economics and Policy) at the Institute of Public Health Kalyani (IPHK), West Bengal, India. He holds a PhD in Health Economics and a Masters in Population Studies from the International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai, along with a university degree in Economics. His research primarily focuses on health care financing in low-and-middle-income countries and economic analysis of health interventions. He has worked on inequality in health behaviours and outcomes, particularly those related to non-communicable diseases.

Dr. Mahesh Puri, Associate Director, Center for Research on Environment Health & Population Activities, Nepal

  • Dr. Mahesh Puri (PhD in Demography, from Southampton University, UK and MSc. in Reproductive & Sexual Health Research, from Centre for Population Studies, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK) is a Nepali national and has been actively involved in the areas of reproductive and sexual health and rights including gender-based violence related research studies and programme for more than 15 years in Nepal. Currently, Dr. Puri is Associate Director of Centre for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA). His areas of expertise are on mixing of qualitative and quantitative research methods in researching sensitive topics of reproductive and sexual health and rights. His current research focuses on maternal health, gender-based violence, sexual behavior, unintended pregnancy and abortion.

Dr. Jiong Tu, Lecturer, Sun Yat-Sen University, China

  • Dr. Jiong Tu is a medical sociologist at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and has published in a number of leading journals, including the Lancet Global Health and Journal of Asian Public Policy. In addition, has a forthcoming book with Springer entitled Health Care Transformation in Contemporary China: Moral Experience in a Socialist Neoliberal Polity. Her research interests include illness experience of Chinese cancer patients, eHealth and mHealth, health policies, and end-of-life care.

Dr. Sukumar Vellakkal, Assistant Professor, BITS Pilani Goa, India

  • Dr. Sukumar Vellakkal is currently an Assistant Professor of Health Economics at BITS Pilani Goa, India. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) in Bangalore, and has over a decade of research experience working as a postdoctoral research fellow at Oxford University, a research fellow at Public Health Foundation of India, and an assistant professor. His work focuses primarily on health systems in India, including health care management and health promotion, social protection and health outcomes, economic drivers of child health and undernutrition. His work has appeared in a range of high-profile journals, including Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Nutrition, BMC Public Health, PLoS Med, BMJ, the Lancet, International Journal of Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Planning.


Schedule of Events

Day 1 (7th June) 

10:00-12:30 Research seminar and panel discussions, Bowland North SR23


14:00-15:40 short 1:1 meetings with Lancaster faculty and students

  • Registration is required. Please register your meeting time at the relevant Doodle pages below. (Please be sure to enter your e-mail address along with your name so that we can confirm your appointment and send room details.)

o   To meet with Dr. Sumit Mazumdar:

o   To meet with Dr. Mahesh Puri:

o   To meet with Dr. Jiong Tu:

o   To meet with Dr. Sukumar Vellakkal:


16:00-17:30 LAARG reading group, featuring a discussion of papers/chapters shared by our visiting guests, Bowland North SR07

You can download the readings below (you don’t have to read all full papers–read the abstracts and join in the discussion)


18:00-18:30 Small drinks reception, Lancaster House Hotel bar area

  • No registration needed for this.
  • Please note, drinks are at your own expense.


18:30 Group dinner, Foodworks Restaurant

  • Please register for dinner here.
  • Please note, dinner and drinks are at your own expense. Regrettably, we are unable to provide meals/drinks for participants.


Day 2 (8th June)

14:00-17:00 Grant discussion, Data Science Institute

  • A sandpit-style event focusing on identifying research ideas, funding sources, and grant application opportunities.
  • Registration required. Please enter your name and e-mail address on the Doodle here: