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Sonia Bhalotra is Professor of Economics at the University of Essex. She is currently Co-Investigator on two large grants (£5m across five years). She is Co-Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change at the Institute of Social and Economic Research. She is also Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded Project on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology at the Human Rights Centre in the Law Department. In addition she currently holds three British Academy awards, two International Growth Centre Awards and an ESRC SDAI grant. She recently held a large research award from Grand Challenges Canada in a consortium on Early Life Risk Factors with UPenn and CDDEP/PHFI. She is currently collaborating on a major NIH award.
She is a CROP research fellow (Bergen), Research Fellow at SFI Denmark, Visiting Professor at the University of Essen-Duisburg and at the University of Gothenburg, on the Advisory Boards (inaugural member) of Academics Stand Against Poverty (Yale), the Goettingen India Centre and the UEA Development Centre, on the British Academy Area Panel for South Asia, and on the Advisory Board for a Lancet theme/issue on Women in Science, Medicine and Global Health.
She has been invited to give Keynote Lectures or act on Specialist Panels on 15 occasions in the last 3 years. For example, she was recently an invited panelist on a British Academy debate on global inequalities, emphasising gender inequalities and will give a public lecture on Inequality and Global Health at the European Investment Bank in October. She served two terms on the Council of the European Society of Population Economics, acted on a Scientific Committee at the World Health Organization, on several ESRC committees and on the International Review Panel of the Danish and Swedish Research Councils.
Sonia is interested in the creation of human capital and the long benefits of early life health interventions; public health including maternal depression, maternal mortality, domestic violence, childhood mortality; gender inequality; the political economy of public service provision; intergenerational mobility and the dynamics of mortality, fertility and sex selection. She has used micro-macro data from Asia, Africa and Latin America and historical data from America and the Scandinavian countries.
She has provided policy inputs at UNESCO, WHO, the World Bank, ILO, UNICEF, UNU/WIDER and the Hewlett Foundation. Sonia obtained an MPhil and PhD from Oxford and a BSc Hons. from Delhi. Prior to joining Essex, Sonia was a Professor at the University of Bristol.