Dharmi Kapadia, BSc, MSc, PhD


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I joined the Sociology Department as a Q-Step Lecturer in March 2017. My research focusses on racism, health, mental health and older people. I am a member of the ESRC Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), where I am Co-Investigator of the ESRC COVID Rapid Response project, 'Ethnic and Racial Inequality in a Time of Crisis'. I also work with the Synergi Collaborative Centre, researching racism in mental illness and mental health services and I am Co-Investigator and on the 'Ethnic Inequalities in Later Life' project funded by The Nuffield Foundation.

I obtained my PhD in Social Statistics in 2015 from the University of Manchester as part of an ESRC 1 + 3 (MSc and PhD) studentship. I investigated the role of social networks in women's usage of mental health services in the UK, and how this varied by ethnic group. I have also undertaken work looking at ethnic inequalities in the labour market, and the role of social networks in poverty for different ethnic groups. I was a member of the editorial board for the CoDE Dynamics of Diversity Census Briefings and co-author of two briefings on ethnic inequalities in unemployment. I was also a Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), exploring the links between social networks, poverty and ethnicity.  

Prior to completing my MSc and PhD, I was a Research Assistant in the Institute of Health Sciences at The University of Manchester working on a large mixed-methods study investigating the role of social networks in chronic illness management. I also worked in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at this University on two studies: a multi-site randomised controlled trial testing the effectiveness of speech and language therapy communication for preschool children with autism, and on a study evaluating multi-dimensional foster care for looked after adolescents. 

Research interests

Access to mental health services for ethnic minority groups

Racism, stigma and mental illness

Ethnic inequalities in employment

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cathie Marsh Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
  • Healthier Futures


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