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Dr Nilu Ahmed

Dr Nilu Ahmed

Dr Nilu Ahmed
PhD, MSc, BA (Hons), HE Cert

Lecturer in Social Sciences

Dental Hospital,
Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol BS1 2LY
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My academic background is grounded in the social sciences with a degree in Psychology, an MSc in Applied Psychology, and PhD in Human Geography which was a qualitative longitudinal research on the lives of Bangladeshi women in the UK. This was published as a monograph by Routledge in 2016, entitled ‘Family, Citizenship and Islam’.

I have held various research and teaching positions at universities and teaching hospitals across England and Wales. I am especially interested in health inequalities. I am an experienced mental health practitioner and have designed and delivered numerous mental health services and interventions. I am a qualified counsellor and a trainee psychotherapist.

Outside of work, I am actively involved in volunteering with a range of community groups.  I am on the Board for the WOW Film Festival, which brings the best of world cinema to Wales (and possibly beyond!), and also on the Board for the South Asian Cinema Foundation. I am also a School Governor of a primary school.

I regularly contribute to news and media on areas of my expertise.



Research interests

My teaching expertise and research spans across areas of:  

Health and Social Inequalities, Ethnicity and Race, Mental Health, Police and Mental Health, Borderline Personality Disorder, Self Harm, Migration, Gender, Ageing, Care, Identity, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Muslims in the UK, Impact of place on outcomes, Pyschosocial approaches.


Research Grants

NISCHR Social Care Research Award 2013

Principal Investigator, Social Wellbeing Intervention following Self Harm (SWISH) (2013-2016), £258,547

NISCHR Social Care Fellowship Award 2014

Principal Investigator, (2015-2019) - Experiences and understandings of dementia among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Groups in Wales: community, individual and inter-generational perspectives, £239,239

Gwent Police 2018 - 2019

Principal Investigator, An evaluation of Gwent Police mental Health Triage Service, £42,500

ESRC Social Science Festival 2018

Remaking Home: Refugee and Asylum Seeker Experiences , £800

Gwent Police 2019

Principal Investigator An evaluation of Gwent Police Serious Organised Crime Prevent Pilot, £15,400

ESRC Social Science Festival 2019

You, me, and us: Our shared community, £960


Other awards

Welsh Crucible 2016

Ethnic Minority Welsh Woman Achievment Association finalist 2019 








  • Health and Social Inequalities
  • Ethnicity and Race
  • Mental Health
  • Police and Mental Health
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Self Harm
  • Migration
  • Gender
  • Ageing
  • Care
  • Identity
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Muslims in the UK
  • Impact of place on outcomes
  • Pyschosocial approaches



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