Gargie Ahmad
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Gargie joined KCL in 2018 as a PhD student investigating longstanding mental health inequalities for people from ethnic minority backgrounds, using mixed methods research. She is working with supervisors Dr Jayati Das-Munshi and Professor Stephani Hatch at King’s College London, and Sally McManus at NatCen Social Research.

Prior to her PhD, Gargie has worked in global health research and international development, with a focus on projects based in Bangladesh. She began researching mental health during her MSc studies in Demography & Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Being interested in migration and multicultural society, she looked at the relationship between ethnicity and mental health, to see how social support, participation, and adversity affected outcomes in 14 year-olds in the UK Millennium Cohort Study.

She has a BA in Archaeology & Anthropology from the University of Oxford and has wider interests in the relationship between social and natural sciences, and how interdisciplinary research can be harnessed to reduce health and wider related social inequalities.

Research interests

Gargie's mixed methods PhD project brings together her interests in quantitative and qualitative social research. The project uses both data analysis that captures national and regional level evidence, and social interviews that learn from people’s personal experiences and insights of mental health problems in contemporary multicultural Britain.

The quantitative phase looks at trends in prevalence and treatment access for common mental disorders in people from ethnic minority backgrounds in England between 1993-2014. This uses data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys, the longest running nationally representative household survey series for mental health and wellbeing in the UK.

The qualitative phase seeks to interview participants from ethnic minority backgrounds who have agreed to share their experiences and perceptions of mental health problems and care, to answer questions that cannot be analysed from existing data.

Gargie is also looking to learn from support and advocacy organisations working with people facing challenges with accessing mental health services, to understand factors driving the persisting inequalities faced by people from ethnic minority backgrounds. If you would like to learn more or are interested in participating, please find more information linked here.

This PhD project is a collaborative studentship, n partnership NatCen, and supported by the Economic and Social Research Council through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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