Meet the research team


Professor Shiva Raj Adhikari

Tribhuvan University

SHIVA RAJ ADHIKARI is a professor of economics at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is a president of Nepal Health Economics Association. He received his PhD in economics from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 2010. Since, then he has devoted most of his spare time to carry out various researches. His research interests include impact evaluation, economic evaluation, policy analysis, equity in health care financing and delivery, disease and poverty, among others. He has involved in different capacity, as an economist, policy export, a health economist, a team leader and a team member in several research activities on economics and policy issues supported by ADB, IFPRI, WHO, WHO/TDR, UNICEF, World Bank, Save the children, RTI International, DFID, Red Cross and other national and international organizations. Outcomes of his researches are published in journal of Health Economics, World Bank Economic review, Lancet, Health Economics, Health policy, Health policy and planning, Journal of Korean Medical science, WHO South-East Asia J of Public health, Economic Journal of Development Issues, Transaction of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Infectious disease and poverty, Asia Pacific Journal of tropical medicine among many others.


Dr. Pratik Adhikary

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Renowned research scientist Dr. Pratik Adhikary brings to the HSRI team over a decade experience of researching, publishing and field work. Dr. Adhikary received his Master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen, UK. He then worked in the cardiac department in the NHS Grampian, UK. He then completed PhD degree from Bournemouth University, UK. Under the supervision of Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen and Dr. Steven Keen, he completed his PhD research on ‘‘Health Status of and Health Risks to Male Nepalese Migrants in the Middle East and Malaysia’’. Most recently, he completed his post-doctoral research under the mentorship of Prof. Art Reinggold, UC Berkeley USA and Prof. Dirgha Jibi Ghimire, ISER Nepal, where he has been planning to publish several papers.


Dr. Julie Balen

University of Sheffield

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Dr. Surendra Bhandari

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Dr. Sujan Gautam

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Sujan Gautam is an Epidemiologist and Public Health Specialist. He received his Master’s degree (MPH- Specialization in Epidemiology) from Manipal University, Manipal, India. He then worked as a Lecturer/Assistant-Professor for about four years in Department of Community Medicine at Gandaki Medical College Teaching Hospital and Research Center, Pokhara. He then completed PhD degree from Yonsei University, South Korea. He has published considerable amount of articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals.  He is interested in research that focuses on disease epidemiology, gender issues, violence against women, health systems, and health policy, especially in LMICs.


Dr. Sachin Ghimire

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Dr. Jiban Karki

University of Sheffield

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Dr. Andrew Lee

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Dr. Sujan Babu Marahatta

Professor of Public Health
Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences

Dr Sujan Babu Marahatta is currently the professor of public health at Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (MMIHS) and Nepal Open University (NOU).He is also the program led of Master of Public Health course at MMIHS.He is playing led role to develop international links with universities and institutions to strengthen research and teaching profile of MMIHS and NOU.He is also visiting faculty at Liverpool John Moores University UK. He has received postdoctoral research grants from WHO-TDR and research grants from different agencies.He has published 60 original and review articles in peer reviewed journal and one book chapter. Dr Marahatta is the recipient of Professor Emeritus Khunying Tranakchit Harinasuta Award for the outstanding performance in PhD 2007 batch at Faculty of Tropical Medicine Mahidol University Thailand. He is currently an editor of Journal of Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (JMMIHS) and reviewers of various journals. He is member of International Epidemiology Association (IEA) and Member, Society of Health Care Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He served as a Member of High Level Health Policy drafting committee under the chairmanship of Health Minister of Nepal. Likewise he was the member of higher level education commission representing the health sciences cluster and played active role to recommend the education policy to the government.

Prof Marahatta is the Co-PI of the HSRI Federalization and health project stationed at MMIHS Nepal. The postdoctoral fellow will work under his guidance and supervision as a part for the Research work in Nepal.


Dr. Sarita Panday

Lecturer in Global Public Health
School of Health and Social Care
University of Essex

I am a Lecturer in Global Public Health in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex. I have expertise in Maternal Health and Community Health Systems, Health Policy and Practice, including Health System Strengthening, Health Inequalities and Disaster Resilience in the Global South. I use these skills to teach MSc Global Public Health students. 

Prior to this lectureship, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Global Challenge Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relation in the University of Sheffield. I have also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) in Stanford University. 

In this 4-year research project on the Impact of Federalisation on Health System in Nepal, I have been involved as a co-investigator. I have contributed to the project design and delivery particularly in designing Participatory Policy/Problem Analysis (PPA) workshops. I will also be supporting researchers in data analysis and writing outputs for publications. 


Dr. Simon Rushton

Senior Lecturer
Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Sheffield

Simon Rushton is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield, UK. His research interests focus on the global politics of health and on participatory research methods. His work has looked in particular at international responses to HIV/AIDS and other diseases; the links between health and national security; the changing architecture of global health governance; and issues surrounding health care delivery in conflict and other crisis situations. He has a strong interest in participatory research methodologies, including Participatory Video, which he is currently using on projects in Nepal and Colombia.


Dr. Sujata Sapkota

Research Fellow
Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences

Sujata holds a PhD (Pharmacy) from The University of Sydney in Australia (under an Australia Awards Scholarship); she completed her postgraduate (MPharm, specialisation: Pharmaceutical Care) and Undergraduate (BPharm) from Kathmandu University in Nepal.  She is a registered pharmacist with the Nepal Pharmacy Council.
Sujata has over five years of experience in health research (in the academic and NGO sectors), and is also acquainted with pharmaceutical marketing and market research. In addition to her Post-Doctoral researcher role in this project at MMIHS, she is a Fellow (Trainee) in ‘Translational Research Initiative to building to address Cardiovascular Diseases in Nepal (TRIEN-Nepal)’ – a project funded by the National Heart Lungs and Blood Institute (NHLBI), USA and implemented by Dhulikhel Hospital (Kathmandu University Hospital), Nepal.  Under this project she is being trained in Implementation Science and Implementation Research Methodologies.  Sujata also makes voluntary contributions as Vice President- Research to Alliance Against AMR, an initiative dedicated towards exploring and addressing antimicrobial resistance issues in Nepal through research and awareness activities.
Sujata is primarily interested in research focusing on chronic/non-communicable disease management and medication safety. She is interested in understanding (and addressing) individual, social and health-system related factors that impact people’s health and medication related behaviour.


Professor Padam Simkhada

Professor of Global Health

School of Human and Health Sciences

University of Huddersfield

Padam Simkhada is Professor of Global Health and Associate Dean International at the School of Human and Health Sciences. Padam is interested in different aspects of global health particularly in public health problems in developing countries. He has keen interest on internationalization of higher education. His current research are on health system research, maternal health, reproductive and sexual health including HIV/AIDS and migration. He has methodological expertise particularly in systematic review, evidence synthesis and mixed methods. He has published a wide range of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to his research field. He has published over 150 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He has supervised many PhD students. Currently 9 PhD students are working with him under his supervision. He is internationally known in public health field. He has received many prestigious awards of public health field such as Global Health Award 2013. He has experience of working many countries.
Prof Simkhada has completed M.Sc. in Public Health and Health Promotion from Brunel University and PhD from Southampton University, UK. Before he moved Huddersfield University, he was Professor of International Health at Liverpool John Moores University (2014-2019), Senior Lecturer in International Health at Sheffield University (2010-2014) and Programme Co-ordinator and Lecturer in International Health at the University of Aberdeen (2002-2010).  Previously, he worked for Save the Children (UK) and Ministry of Health in Nepal.
Padam is a Visiting Professor in Nepal, Visiting Professor in Bournemouth University and Liverpool John Moores University and Adjunct Faculty at Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences Nagpur, India.


Professor Madhusudan Subedi

Professor of Sociology
Central Department of Sociology
Tribhuvan University
and Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal

Madhusudan Subedi (MA Sociology, MPhil in Social Anthropology with special focus on Human Ecology and Medical Anthropology, and Diploma in Education and Administration) is Professor at the Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University, and Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal. He teaches Sociology of Health, Sociology of Ageing and Disability, Social Determinants of Health, Sociology and Public Policy and Qualitative Research. He is working as a researcher, teacher and training facilitators since 1993. His interests are wide ranging and cover Social Determinants of Health, Community Health and Sanitation, Pharmaceuticals and Governance, Reproductive Health, Health System Management, Corruption, Health Communication, Health Policy and System, Indigenous Knowledge and Ethno-medicine, Disability, Malnutrition, Education Policy, Health Governance, Social Inclusion-Exclusion and Community Engagement, Participatory Planning, and Social and Political Transformation. For last 25 years, Subedi has been teaching students of medicine, public health, sociology and anthropology. He has conducted extensive research on health issues and has written and co-authored four books and published more than 40 academic articles. Subedi is one of the investigators of the research project, 'Dignity without Danger: collaboratively analysing stigma and taboos to address menstrual exclusion in Nepal' funded by the British Academy through the Global Challenges Research Fund Sustainable Development project (2018-2020).


Professor Edwin van Teijlingen

Professor of Reproductive Health Research
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH)

Bournemouth University

Edwin van Teijlingen is a sociologist, Professor of Reproductive Health Research & joint director of the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health (CMMPH) at Bournemouth University.  He has published more than 260 academic papers and book chapters in the field of health promotion health, midwifery and health services research.  He has an interest in socio-cultural aspects of health and health care.  To date he has supervised 12 PhD projects on aspects of health in Nepal, eleven are by Nepali students and three are still on-going.  He is a member of the UK Research & Innovation International Development Peer Review College (2020-23).  Edwin has edited ten books, including a widely used textbook for medical students Psychology & Sociology Applied to Medicine (2019).  He had presented sessions on publishing academic papers at many universities in the UK and Nepal.  He is a member of various editorial boards based in South Asia: Kathmandu University Medical Journal (KUMJ); Nepal Journal of Epidemiology; Journal of Asian Midwives and Journal of Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences.  He is also Visiting Professor at Nobel College, affiliated with Pokhara University as well as at Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences affiliated with Tribhuvan University.


Dr. Uttam Paudel

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Dr. Uttam Paudel is a health economist with nearly 9 years of experience in applied research, focusing on health system analysis, health financing and applied macro econometrics. Dr. Paudel’s work concentrates on the intersection of government policy and provider competition in the health care marketplace, economic evaluations of diseases and effects of environmental changes oh human health. He taught in campuses affiliated to Tribhuvan University for a long time and currently engages largely in quantitative researches and few qualitative researches that focus the developing countries’ health system.  He has already worked as an economic evaluator for the role of national and international health and nutrition outcomes/costing related projects by freelancing at WHO, World Bank, The Palladium Group, Nepal Health Research Council and so on. Dr. Paudel has published some high quality research papers and is currently developing research papers based on national and international health related big datasets. He believes the research impact should be based on immediate applicability of the research findings to concerned agencies in providing concrete solutions to the problem.