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Dr Shailen Nandy

Professor of International Social Policy

School of Social Sciences

+44 29208 79675
Glamorgan Building, Room 2.30, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I joined Cardiff University in September 2016 and teach on  a number of undergraduate and post-graduate Social Science modules, and convene modules on International and Comparative Social and Public Policy. I am currently the Social Policy subject lead.

Over the past 20 years my research has focused on different aspects of international development, and on poverty analysis and anti-poverty strategies.  I am also interested in social policy and its role in national development strategies in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Recently completed projects include an ESRC-GRCF-SDAI research project looking at the problem of multiple malnutrition in young children in West and Central Africa, a national situation analysis of child poverty and deprivation in Uganda with UNICEF Uganda, an examination of child poverty among refugee-hosting communities in Uganda with the Economic Policy Research Centre (Uganda) and a British Council Newton Fund grant with colleagues at the CRONICAS research centre in Lima on nutrition dynamics and the double burden of malnutrition in Peru.












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Recent, current and ongoing projects:

2020-2021 Cardiff University GCRF Small Projects grant,Applying the Consensual Approach to Poverty Assessment in Telangana State, India, with the Council for Social Development and BITS Pilani, Hyderabad.

2019 -2020 Cardiff University GCRF Small Projects grant, Examining poverty in a polarised and unequal society: the potential of the Consensual Approach to poverty research in Brazil, with UNICAMP, Brazil.

2018 - 2019 British Council Newton Fund, Understanding and modelling the distribution of the double burden of malnutrition in Peru with CRONICAS, Cayetano Heredia, Peru.

2018 Cardiff University-ESRC-GCRF Small Project Grant, Nutrition and Population Dynamics in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with CRONICAS.

2017 Cardiff University-ESRC-GCRF Impact Acceleration Project, Developing training tools to assist National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) in the collection of data to assess multidimensional poverty for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2017-2018 ESRC-GCRF Secondary Data Analysis Initiative, Measuring and Mapping the Prevalence and Patterning of Multiple
Malnutrition in Young Children in West and Central Africa, with Dr Marco Pomati and UNICEF Nigeria.

2017-18 UNICEF Uganda, Integration of Child Poverty Analysis in National Statistics, with Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research and University of Bristol.

2017 - UNICEF Iran, Multidimensional Poverty at General Population and Child Levels: Measurement and Methodology, with Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research and University of Bristol.

2015 - 2018 - Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden, A Global Analysis of Poverty and Living Conditions in Low and Middle-Income Countries, with Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, and University of Bristol.

2015-2019 -  Hilton Foundation, USA, Training Future Leaders to Accelerate Poverty Reduction and Achieve the SDGs, with Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA and University of Bristol.

2016-17 ESRC Impact Acceleration Project, Aiding poverty data and analysis capacity development in the Pacific.


Undergraduate modules:

  • Introduction to Social and Public Policy
  • Power Policy and Politics
  • International and Comparative Social and Public Policy

Postgraduate modules:

  • International and Comparative Social and Public Policy
  • Citizenship and Social Policy

Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision


Career overview

Prior to joining Cardiff University, I was a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol and member of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, and before that Non-Clinical Research Fellow at the Institute of Neurology, in UCL and a researcher in Bangladesh for BRAC.  I have been a consultant to the WHO, UNICEF, DfID, and other development NGOs in the UK and abroad.

Education and Qualifications

  • 2010: PhD (Social Policy), University of Bristol
  • 2005: MSc Policy Research, University of Bristol
  • 1996: MSc (Econ), London School of Economics
  • 1995: BA (Hons), Economics and International Relations, University of Reading

Academic positions

  • 1999-2016 Research Fellow, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
  • 1998-1999 Non-Clinical Research Fellow, Institute of Neurology, UCL, London.
  • 1996-1997 Research Associate, BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh.