INRICH Member Profile Card

Arijit Nandi

McGill University

Arijit Nandi holds a Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Global Health. He is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health. An epidemiologist by training, Arijit is broadly interested in the impact of social and economic factors on population health. A former Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University, Arijit received a PhD from the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Type of member: Regular

Telephone: +1 514-398-1941

Email Address:

Mailing Address: Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University, 1130 Pine Ave. W., Montreal, QC, Canada, H3A 1A3

Collaborative Projects

MACHEquity (Examining the Impact of Social Policies on Health Equity: How Policies Designed to Reduce Poverty and Gender Inequality Affect Morbidity and Mortality in Children and Women) (with David Gordon and Jody Heymann)

Current research interests
1) assessing multilevel associations between economic characteristics and population health;

(2) investigating the relation between social and economic policies and population health and health disparities in a global context;

(3) estimating causal effects of economic interventions on mental health.

Research priorities
Pathways and mechanisms: Cumulative and additive social risk exposures (e.g. transient v. persistent poverty). Social into the biological and epigenetic. | Methodological issues: Methods for examining change over time including longitudinal effects studies. Need to study social gradients as well as poverty. Multi-level studies - Society, Family & Individual. Regional studies (within countries). Root cause analysis to inform policy change.

Selected publications

Hajizadeh, M., Nandi, A., & Heymann, J. (2014). Social inequality in infant mortality: What explains variation across low and middle income countries? Social Science & Medicine, 101, 36-46. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.11.019

Quamruzzaman, A., Rodríguez, J. M., Heymann, J., Kaufman, J. S., & Nandi, A. (2014). Are tuition-free primary education policies associated with lower infant and neonatal mortality in low- and middle-income countries? Social Science & Medicine, 120, 153-159. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.09.016