Dr. Afshin Zilanawala is a tenured Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant prof.) in Demography. As a family and social demographer, her research investigates the connection between family contexts and children's health and development. A particular focus of her research investigates the proximate family setting in which children live and examining factors, such as parental employment, mental health, and economic hardship, which are implicated in the production of inequalities in children's development. Her research also considers the role of country policy context on families' social and economic resources by investigating children's wellbeing comparatively between the US and UK.
Currently, her work examines the role of nonstandard work schedules on children's health and development and parent's wellbeing in the UK, work that has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Prior to joining University of Southampton, Afshin held positions at Oregon State University, University of Nottingham, and the Social Research Institute at University College London.