Amiya Bhatia

Amiya is a social epidemiologist and mixed methods researcher. Her research is on the epidemiology of violence against children, birth registration, child labour, and child marriage. She uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches and has a particular interest in designing research processes that challenge existing power hierarchies and are youth centred.

Her work centres a commitment to studying health inequalities and to exploring how structures and contexts shape health outcomes and inequalities for children and young people. Amiya also studies the places and populations missing in health data, how institutions use data, and how to identify and address the biases and blind spots in data on violence and health.

Prior to DSPI, Amiya was an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she holds an honorary position and works closely with the Child Protection Research Group. Amiya has over a decade of experience working on issues of child health and child protection with a range of non-profit, philanthropic, academic, and UN organisations. Amiya has an MPH and doctoral degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.

Amiya can be found on LinkedIn, X and Google Scholar.

Emily Eldred (ongoing). Exploring the experiences, responses to and prevention of violence against children with disabilities within school-based interventions.

Mathew Amollo (ongoing). Examining the effects of early life contextual factors on violence use and experience at early adulthood: Secondary data analysis using the Context of Violence in Adolescence Cohort study data (2014-2023).


Amiya welcomes expressions of interests from prospective DPhil students interested in research on any of the following: violence, child labour, child marriage, birth registration, or other child and adolescent health outcomes and inequalities; on how institutions use health data; anti-colonial and anti-racist approaches to child and adolescent health; youth-centred and participatory methods. Prospective students should be interested in using quantitative or mixed methods.

Please reach out after reviewing the information for prospective graduate students and after developing some initial research questions and a methodological approach.

Amiya particularly welcomes expressions of interest from prospective DPhil students whose backgrounds and lived experiences are under-represented at Oxford, or who were the first in their family or community to go to University.

A list of publications can be found on Amiya's Google Scholar profile