Dr Nasreen Ali

Reader in Public Health Equality

Nasreen Ali

I joined the University in October 2009 as a Senior Research Fellow in Public Health having previously held posts at the University of Manchester, University of Leeds and the University of York. I am the MSc Public Health Course Coordinator and I lead the Principles, Policies and Issues and Health and Social Care Inequalities units on the Public Health MSc course which is delivered at the Luton and Myanmar campuses. I also supervise MSc Public Health, MSc by research, MPhil and PhD research projects in areas related to my extensive research expertise in health inequalities.

My research has led to internal and external research collaborations on a number of successful nationally competitive research projects and consultancies. I regularly represent the University on national and international research and strategic/policy expert panels and I am a frequent peer reviewer for research funding bodies and academic journals. I am Editor in Chief for the Journal of Diversity and Equality in Health and Care and also Diversity Advisor for the National Institute for Health Research funded Research Design Services, East of England.

My research focuses on taking an intersectional approach to looking at the way in which gender, ethnicity and health impact on how Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups experience health and illness. Recent research projects have been concerned with improving health care for people from BAME backgrounds, exploring access to health and social care, health behaviour and widening participation onto healthcare courses and careers. My research experience involves innovation in design, conducting and analysis of a range of methods including surveys, audit data, focus groups, one to one interviews, oral history, discovery interviews, reflective diaries and the use of applied theatre in health research.

I was awarded the Vice Chancellors Student Experience Award for Outstanding Researcher in 2013 as recognition for my contribution to research and Global Challenges Research Funding in 2019 to develop international research links in the area of perinatal mental health.


  • PhD - University of Luton
  • MSc - University of Sussex
  • BSc - University of Derby
  • PgCAP - University of Bedfordshire

Overseas Research and Collaborations

  • UK, Pakistan (including Azad Kashmir), Saudi Arabia

Teaching Role

  • Lead lecturer for the Health and Social Care Inequalities unit for MSc Public Health
  • Lead lecturer for the Principles, Policies and Issues unit for MSc Public Health
  • MSc dissertation supervisor (taught)
  • MSc by research dissertation supervisor
  • Medical and Dental Education dissertation supervisor
  • MPhil supervisor
  • PhD supervisor
  • PhD examiner

I am happy to discuss potential PhD supervision in the areas of maternal and women’s health and wellbeing, widening participation for BAME groups into education and nursing and allied healthcare professions and BAME access to healthcare focusing on the role of culture and religion in health behaviour/delays in help-seeking.

Current Research and Consultancy

  • Lesser heard voices: working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic children affected by child sexual abuse. Race Equality Foundation and Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Process evaluation for a community blood pressure pilot programme with African Caribbean men. Race Equality Foundation.
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, inequality and improving the experience of healthy ageing for BAME project: a scoping review. Race Equality Foundation.
  • The missing dimension: where is ‘race’ in social policy teaching and learning? Social Policy Association.
  • Widening Participation for South Asian students: a pilot of the collaborative-targeted outreach programme ()Health Education England.
  • A qualitative investigation of attitudes towards genetic testing and risk stratified interventions for ovarian cancer in individuals of South Asian origin in the UK. Collaboration with Dr Lanceley and Katie Hann (Department of Women’s Cancer, University College London).
  • Exploring the barriers and facilitators to accessing and progressing on NHS funded healthcare programmes and moving into healthcare employment: a qualitative case study of East of England and Thames Valley regions.Health Education England funding.
  • Learning from the experts: young people’s perspectives on how we can support healthy child development after sexual abuse(co-applicant) (proposal 024) NSPCC and ESRC funding. Co-applicant.
  • Exploring young people’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards contraceptive use and access to contraception services in Luton. MSD.

External Roles

  • Advisor for the National Institute for Health Research funded Research Design Services, East of England
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Peer reviewer for academic journals
  • External PhD examiner
  • Peer reviewer for research funding institutions:
    • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
    • Medical Research Council



  • Ali, N., Kalra, V.S. and Sayyid, B. (eds.) (2006) Postcolonial People: South Asians in Britain, Hurst & Company: London. An American edition of this book was published in 2008.


  • Ali, N., Qureshi, I., Sidika, T ., Mondkova A., Mahmood, S., Jan, A., Garcia, R., Cook, E., Burden, B., Reid, C and Randhawa, G. (2018), ‘Barriers and enablers for UK ‘home grown’ South Asian prospective students choosing nursing and midwifery courses and careers, Diversity & Equality in Health & Care Read article here
  • Qureshi, I., Ali, N., Hewson, D., Randhawa, G., and Garcia, R. (2018) What the numbers tell us: a review of nursing course applications, acceptances and attrition rates for British South Asian men Diversity & Equality in Health & Care Read article here
  • Bamideleh, O., McGarvey, H., Lagan B. M., Ali, N., Chinegwundoh, F., Parahoo, K. and McCaughan, E. (2018) ‘Hard to reach, but not out of reach’: barriers and facilitators to recruiting Black African and Black Caribbean men with prostate cancer and their partners into qualitative research’, European Journal of Cancer Read article here
  • Hann, K. E J., Ali, N., Gessler, S., Fraser, L., Side, L., Waller, J., Sanderson, S. C., and Lanceley, A. (2018) ‘Attitudes towards a programme of risk assessment and stratified management for ovarian cancer: A focus group study of UK South Asians’ perspectives’ BMJ Open Read article here
  • Garcia, R.L., Ali, N., Guppy, A., Randhawa, G. and Griffiths, M. (2018) Understanding the consumption of folic acid during preconception, among Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers in Luton, UK: A qualitative study, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. Read article here
  • Pervaiz, M., Gilbert, R., and Ali, N (2017) ‘The prevalence, and under-reporting of needle-stick injuries among dental healthcare workers in Pakistan: a systematic review’, International Journal of Dentistry. Read article here
  • Ali, N., Mclachlan, N., Kanwar, S. and Randhawa, G. (2017) ‘Pakistani young people’s views on barriers to accessing mental health services’, International Journal of Culture and Mental Health,10 (1).
  • Bamideleh, O., McGarvey, H., Lagan B. M., Ali, N., Chinegwundoh, F., Parahoo, K. and McCaughan, E. (2017) ‘Life after prostate cancer: a qualitative systematic review of the post-treatment experiences of Black African and Black Caribbean men’, European Journal of Cancer Care. Read article here
  • Ali, N., Bamideleh, O., Randhawa, G., and Hoskin, P and Eilis McCaughan (2017) ‘Constructions of masculinity and help-seeking for prostate cancer’, Diversity & Equality in Health & Care. 14(5): 254-256. Read article here
  • Garcia, R.L., Ali, N., Guppy, A., Randhawa, G. and Griffiths, M. (2017) ‘Differences in the pregnancy gestation period and birth weights in infants born to Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and white British mothers in Luton: a retrospective analysis of routinely collected data’, BMJ Open. Read article here
  • Bambidele, O., Ali, N., Papadopoulos, C. & Randhawa, G. (2017). Exploring factors contributing to low uptake of the NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programme among Black African women in the UK. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care; 14 (4), 212-219. Read article here
  • Alfaqeeh, G., Cook, E., Randhawa, G., and Ali, N. (2017) ‘Access and utilisation of primary health care services comparing urban and rural areas of Riyadh Providence, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’, BMC Health Services Research.
  • Garcia, R., Ali, N., Guppy, A., Griffiths, M. and Randhawa, G. (2017) ‘A comparison of antenatal classifications of “overweight” and “obesity” prevalence between white British, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi pregnant women in England. An analysis of retrospective data’, BMC Public Health, pp. 1–7.
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Sharp, C., Ali, N., Guppy, A., Barton, A., Bateman, A., Crawford-White (2016) ‘Exploring the factors that influence the decision to adopt and engage with an integrated assistive telehealth and telecare service in Cambridgeshire, UK: a nested qualitative study of patient 'users' and 'non-users', BMC Health Services Research. Read article here
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Sharp, C., Ali, N., Guppy, A., Barton, A., Bateman, A., Crawford-White (2016) ‘Exploring the factors that affect decisions to use and engage with an integrated assistive telehealth and telecare service: a nested qualitative study of patient “users” and “non-users”’, BMC Health Services Research.
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Ali, N., Guppy, A. and Chater, A. (2016) ‘Satisfaction of using a nurse-led telephone helpline among mothers and caregivers of young children: a qualitative study’, Health Policy Technology. Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2016, pp. 113–122
  • Garcia, R., Ali, N., Papadopoulos, C. and Randhawa, G. (2015) ‘Specific antenatal interventions for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) pregnant women at high risk of poor birth outcomes in the United Kingdom: a scoping review’, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15:226
  • Ajaz, M., Ali, N. and Randhawa, G. (2015) ‘UK Pakistani views on the adverse health risks associated with consanguineous marriages’, Journal of Community Genetics.
  • Ali, N., Ajaz, M. and Randhawa, G. (2014) ‘Risk factors for congenital anomalies’, Eyes on Evidence 60, April.
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., Chater, A. and Ali, N. (2014). ‘Exploring the barriers and facilitators of using NHS Direct: A qualitative study of users and low users’, BMC Health Service Research. 14:487
  • Cook, E., Randhawa, G., Large, S., Guppy, A., Chater, A. and Ali, N. (2014) ‘A qualitative exploration of service providers' views towards the uptake of NHS Direct’, Health Policy & Technology.
  • Amaugo, L. G., Papadopoulos, C., Ochieng, B.M.N. and Ali, N. (2014) ‘The effectiveness of HIV/AIDS school-based sexual health education programmes in Nigeria: A systematic review’, Health Education Research, 29 (4), pp. 633–648.
  • Papadopoulos, C. and Ali, N. (2013) 'Stress levels and their risk/protective factors among MSc Public Health students', Journal of Pedagogic Development, 3 (2), pp.5–10.
  • Ali, N., McLean, C. and Rehman, H. (2012) ‘Faulty genes: consanguinity in the Pakistani community’, Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 5(2), pp. 43–51.
  • Herodotou, N. and Ali, N. (2012) ‘Reaching out – a consultant palliative medicine clinic within a Luton mosque’, European Journal of Palliative Care, 19 (3), pp. 143–145.
  • Atkin, K., Ali, N. and Chu, C.E. (2009) ‘The politics of difference? Providing a cancer genetics service in a culturally and linguistically diverse society’, Diversity in Health and Care, 6(4), pp.149–157.
  • Ali, N. (2009) ‘The Making of Kashmiri Identity’, Journal of South Asian Diaspora 1 (2), pp 181–192
  • Ali, N., Atkin, K. and Neal, R. (2006) ‘The Role of Culture in the General Practice Consultation Process’, Ethnicity and Health, 11 (4), pp. 389–408.
  • Neal, R., Ali, N., Atkin, K., Allgar, V.L., Ali, S. and Coleman, T. (2006) ‘Communication between South Asian Patients and GPs: Comparative Study using the Roter Interactional Analysis System’, The British Journal of General Practice, 56 (532), pp. 869–875.
  • Neal, R., Ali, N., Allgar, V. L., Phil, H. and Leese, B. (2006) ‘Stage at diagnosis, survival and diagnostic delays for lung, colorectal, prostate and ovarian cancer: comparison between patients referred urgently from primary care and patients diagnosed through other routes’, British Journal of General Practice, 56 (532), pp. 869–75.
  • Neal, R., Ali, N., Atkin, K., Allgar, V.L., Ali, S. and Coleman, T. (2006) ‘Supplementary Table 1 (PDF 36KB) Analysis of each RIAS category, medians and Kruskal-Wallis tests’, British Journal of General Practice56(532), pp.869–875.
  • Ali, N. and Hussain-Gambles, M. (2005) ‘Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use among South Asian Patients with Cancer in Britain’, Diversity in Health and Social Care, 2(1), pp. 41–45.Neal, R.
  • Neal, R., Ali, N., Allgar, V. L. and Coleman, T. (2004) ‘Consent Rates for Video-recording General Practice Consultations: Effect of Ethnicity and other factors’, Family Practice, 21(2), pp. 219–220.
  • Ali, N. (2003) ‘Diaspora and Nation: Displacement and the Politics of Kashmiri Identity in Britain’, Contemporary South Asia, 12 (4), pp.471–480.
  • Ali, N. (2003) ‘Fluency in the Consulting Room’, British Journal of General Practice, 53(492), pp.514–515.
  • Ali, N. (2002) ‘Kashmiri Nationalism beyond the Nation State’, South Asia Research, 22 (2), pp.145–160.

Published reports (selected)

  • Craig,G.,Adamson, S., Ali, N. and Demsash, H. (2010) ‘Mapping Rapidly Changing Minority Ethnic Populations: A Case Study of York’, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Ali, N., Pattenden, J. and Lewin, R. (2010) ‘The Development and Impact of a BHF Nursing Service for Adults/Grown Ups with Congenital Heart Disease’, University of York, York.
  • Ali, N. and Pattenden, J. F (2009) ‘FP30 Nurses' and patients' views of the implementation and impact of a randomised control trial of a self-management programme for patients with heart failure’European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 8 ,Supplement 1.
  • Ali, N., McLean, C. and Rehman, H.(2008) ‘Understanding intergenerational attitudes and beliefs towards consanguineous marriages in Birmingham’, ETHNOC Research and Consultancy.
  • Craig, G., McNamee, S., Adamson, S., Ali, N., Ali, S., Atkins, L., Dadze-Arthur, A., Elliott, C. and Murtuja, B. (2007) 330200015 ‘Sure Start and Black and Ethnic Minority Populations’, DfES.
  • Ali, N., Atkin, K., Craig, G., Dadze-Arthur, A., Elliot, C, and Edwards, A. (2006) ‘Ethnicity, Disability and Work: Examining the Inclusion of People with Sensory Impairments from Black and Minority Ethnic Groups into the Labour Market’.
  • Ali, N. and Gray, W. (2006) ‘A pilot Study using the Discovery Interview Process with Vietnamese and Punjabi Population of Greenwich, to facilitate patient inspired improvement’, NHS Heart Improvement Programme.
  • Ali, N. and Mir, G. (2006) ‘Evaluation of the Dosti Women’s Project’, Leeds Social Services.

Conference Presentations (selected)

  • Ali, N. (2016) Building evidence for supporting widening participation for South Asian Students, NEON Conference, University of Leicester, 9–10 June.
  • Ali, N. (2015) Increasing diversity in public involvement (PI) representation, East of England PPI Forum Meeting, 30 September.
  • Ali, N. (2014) When culture and medicine meet: the case of consanguinity, Children and Young People conference, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Annual 5th 24 November.
  • Ali, N. (2013) Health visiting conference and showcase event: building community capacity, Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 5 July.
  • Ali, N. (2013) Attitudes and needs of young Pakistanis (and parents) towards accessing mental health services in Peterborough: an exploratory study, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough, 23 May.
  • Ali, N. (2013) Identity and looked after Muslim children, Luton Social Services, Discover Islam Centre, Luton, 5 March.
  • Ali, N. (2009)Uptake of self-management in patients with Heart Failure and their family/carers, British Heart Foundation Nurses’ and Health Professionals’ Conference. The Belfry, Birmingham23 February.
  • Chu, C. E., Atkin K. and Ali, N. (2008) The Politics of Difference: Providing a Cancer Genetic Service in a Multi-Cultural Society. Poster presentation at The British Human Genetics Conference, University of York, 15–17 September.
  • Ali, N. (2006) Ethnicity, Disability and Work, Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford. The Royal National Institute for the Blind, 27 June.
  • Ali, N. (2006) Ethnicity, Disability and Work, Jury’s Inn Birmingham. The Royal National Institute for the Blind, 31 May.

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