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Dr. Afshin Zilanawala PhD

Lecturer in Demography

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Dr. Afshin Zilanawala is a Lecturer (assistant professor with tenure) in Demography. As a family and social demographer, her research investigates how the social and economic context of families, as well as the race and gender of individuals, lead to inequalities across childhood and adolescence. She is interested in features of the proximate family setting, 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.

In her podcast, A Life's Work, Afshin explores the latest evidence on shift work and how it affects family life and the health and wellbeing of mothers, fathers, and children.

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.

Research interests

  • Family context
  • Child development
  • Parental employment
  • Cross-national research

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