Dr Punita Chowbey PhD, MA, MSc, BA Sociology (hons)
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Punita Chowbey is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Social Work Social Care and Community Studies. Taking a social justice approach, her research is concerned with intersectional disadvantages faced by women and children particularly in South Asia and in the UK. She is interested in gender-based inequalities and violence embedded within the institutions of family, community, market and the state. More specifically, she is interested in a.) intra-household inequalities, particularly in household finance and food resources and care work including parenting, b.) intersectional inequalities in health and employment. She is particularly interested in gender economic justice and economic abuse with a focus on the UK and South Asia.
Punita is an applied sociologist with an interdisciplinary background in sociology, international development and public health. Taking a social justice approach, her research is concerned with intersectional disadvantages faced by women and children particularly in South Asia and in the UK. She is interested in gender-based inequalities and violence embedded within the institutions of family, community, market and the state. More specifically, she is interested in a.) intra-household inequalities, particularly in household finance and food resources and care work including parenting, b.) intersectional inequalities in health and employment. She is particularly interested in economic justice and economic abuse with a focus on the UK and South Asia.
Funded by the GCRF, her current research is exploring food insecurity and women’s employment during Covid in Bihar, India. Previously, her research focused on economic justice, economic abuse and household resources among South Asian Women in the UK, India and Pakistan, funded by NIHR CLAHRC. Prior to that she worked on a number of projects including South Asian mothers' narratives of food practices and allergies, fathering in South Asian households, minority ethnic children’s experience of starting school, eating disorders and long-term health conditions, poverty and ethnicity funded by a variety of funders including NIHR and Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Punita has also worked on a number of other projects funded by DFID, World Bank and European Commission as a program officer in CARE India.
Punita has authored/co-authored over 45 academic outputs which includes 23 journal articles, 12 reports, 5 book chapters and 3 monographs. She has also delivered over 30 conference papers and panels. She is regularly invited to deliver talks by academic, public sector and voluntary sector organisations.
Punita regularly writes articles for a variety of print media such as The Conversation and The Independent which are often reproduced by national and international media including Quartz; Scroll.in; The Tribune in Pakistan; The News Minute and many others. She engages with the print and electronic media on a regular basis, for example, BBC Sheffield, BBC Asian Network, Asian Sunday; Whetstone Magazine and BBC World Service.
Punita served on the editorial board of Sociological Research Online (2017-2020) and regularly reviews for over 12 journals including Sociology, Identities, Journal of International Development, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Family Violence. She also regularly reviews for funders such as the MRC.
Department of Social Work and Social Care and Community Studies
- MA in Social Work
- BA in Social Work
Current and Recently Completed Projects:
- Principal Investigator, 2021 -2022: Food insecurity and women’s employment during Covid in Bihar, India, GCRF
- Co-Investigator, 2017-2019: South Asian mothers' experiences of food practices and allergies, NIHR CLAHRC
- Principal Investigator, 2013 -2016: Household resources and food practices in the UK, India and Pakistan, NIHR CLAHRC
- Principal Investigator (2014) Resilience in early years, IMAGINE, SHU
Chowbey, P., Salway, S., & Clarke, L. (2013). Supporting fathers in multi-ethnic societies: insights from British Asian fathers. Journal of Social Policy, 42 (02), 391-408. http://doi.org/10.1017/S004727941200102X
Chowbey, P. (2017). What is food without love? The micro-politics of food practices in South Asians in Britain, India and Pakistan. Sociological Research Online, 22 (3), 165-185. http://doi.org/10.1177/1360780417726958
Chowbey, P. (2017). Women's narratives of economic abuse and financial strategies in Britain and South Asia. Psychology of Violence, 7 (3), 459-468. http://doi.org/10.1037/vio0000110
Chowbey, P. (2016). Employment, masculinities and domestic violence in 'fragile' contexts: Pakistani women in Pakistan and the UK. Gender & Development, 24 (3), 493-509. http://doi.org/10.1080/13552074.2016.1233670
Chowbey, P., & Salway, S. (2016). 'I feel my Dad every moment!': memory, emotion and embodiment in British South Asian fathering practices. In Pooley, S., & Qureshi, K. (Eds.) Parenthood between generations: transforming reproductive cultures. Brooklyn, NY and Oxford: Berghahn Books
Chowbey, P. (2019). Healthy Eating, Social Class and Ethnicity: Exploring the Food Practices of South Asian Mothers. In Gustafsson, U., O'Connell, R., Draper, A., & Tonner, A. (Eds.) What is Food? Researching a Topic with Many Meanings. Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/What-is-Food-Researching-a-Topic-with-Many-Meanings-1st-Edition/Gustafsson-OConnell-Draper-Tonner/p/book/9781138387690
Chowbey, P., & Barley, R. (2022). Building resilience: young children from minority ethnic backgrounds starting school in a multi-ethnic society. British Journal of Sociology of Education. http://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2022.2030672
Peckover, S., Jay, N., Chowbey, P., Rehman, N., & Javed, F. (2021). Families of south Asian heritage and food allergy: A missed opportunity for health visitors. Journal of Health Visiting, 9 (8), 341-347. http://doi.org/10.12968/johv.2021.9.8.341
Peckover, S., Jay, N., Chowbey, P., Rehman, N., & Javed, F. (2021). British South Asian mothers' experiences of seeking help for their food allergic child. Clinical and experimental allergy : journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 51 (7), 951-954. http://doi.org/10.1111/cea.13875
Chowbey, P., & Sharp-Jeffs, N. (2017). VAW 2017: Issues of Economic Safety and Economic Abuse in British South Asian Households: Reflections from an ESRC Festival of Social Science Event. Journal of Advanced Nursing Interactive, (http:/). http://journalofadvancednursing.blogspot.com/2017/12/vaw-2017-issues-of-economic-safety-and.html
Salway, S., Chowbey, P., Such, E., & Ferguson, B. (2015). Researching health inequalities with Community Researchers : practical, methodological and ethical challengesof an ‘inclusive’ research approach. Research Involvement and Engagement, 1 (9). http://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-015-0009-4
Ismail, M., Gerrish, K., Naisby, A., Salway, S., & Chowbey, P. (2014). Engaging minorities in researching sensitive health topics by using a participatory approach. Nurse researcher, 22 (2), 44-48. http://doi.org/10.7748/nr.22.2.44.e1268
Qureshi, K., Salway, S., Chowbey, P., & Platt, L. (2014). Long-term ill health and the social embeddedness of work: a study in a post-industrial, multi-ethnic locality in the UK. Sociology of health and illness, 36 (7), 955-969. http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12128
Higginbottom, G., Reime, B., Bharj, K., Chowbey, P., Ertan, K., Foster-Boucher, C., ... Salway, S. (2013). Migration and maternity: insights of context, health policy, and research evidence on experiences and outcomes from a three country preliminary study across Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Health Care for Women International, 34 (11), 936-965. http://doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2013.769999
Salway, S., Piercy, H., Chowbey, P., Brewins, L., & Dhoot, P. (2013). Improving capacity in ethnicity and health research: report of a tailored programme for NHS Public Health practitioners. Primary health care research and development, 14 (04), 330-340. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423612000357
Piercy, H., Chowbey, P., Soady, J., Dhoot, P., Willis, L., & Salway, S. (2012). A care pathway approach to identifying factors that impact on diagnosis of heart disease in British Pakistani women. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 5 (3), 78-88. http://doi.org/10.1108/17570981211319375
Chowbey, P., Salway, S., & Ismail, M. (2012). Influences on diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders among minority ethnic people in the UK. Journal of Public Mental Health, 11 (2), 54-64. http://doi.org/10.1108/17465721211236363
Reime, B., Higginbottom, G., Salway, S., Ertan, K., Mumtaz, Z., Gerrish, K., ... Bharj, K. (2011). Maternity care for (im) migrant women in Germany, Canada and the UK: the German perspective. Tropical Medicine and International Health.
Salway, S., Higginbottom, G., Reime, B., Bharj, K., Chowbey, P., Foster, C., ... O'Brien, B. (2011). Contributions and challenges of cross-national comparative research in migration, ethnicity and health: insights from a preliminary study of maternal health in Germany, Canada and the UK. BMC Public Health, 11 (514). http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-11-514
Platt, L., Salway, S., Chowbey, P., & Harriss, K. (2008). Ill-health in the family: the intersection of employment and caring across households from four ethnic groups. Benefits: The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 16 (1), 33-45. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/ben/2008/00000016/00000001/art00003
Salway, S., Platt, L., Harriss, K., & Chowbey, P. (2007). Long-term health conditions and Disability Living Allowance: exploring ethnic differences and similarities in access. Sociology of health and illness, 29 (6), 907-930. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2007.01044.x
Jay, N., Peckover, S., Rehman, N., Javed, F., & Chowbey, P. (2021). South Asian mothers' views and experiences of accessing paediatric allergy services in Sheffield for their babies and/or young children (Abstract only). Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 51 (1), 165. http://doi.org/10.1111/cea.13812
Peckover, S., Jay, N., Chowbey, P., Rehman, N., Javed, F., & Cooke, J. (2020). South Asian mothers' views and experiences of accessing paediatric allergy services in Sheffield for their babies and/or young children [abstract only]. Allergy, 75, 262-263. http://doi.org/10.1111/cea.13812
Reime, B., Higginbottom, G., Salway, S., Ertan, K., Mumtaz, Z., Gerrish, K., ... Friedrich, J. (2011). Maternity care for (im)migrant women in Germany, Canada and the UK: the German perspective. TROPICAL MEDICINE & INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, 16, 356.
Salaway, S., Reime, B., Higginbottom, G., Rothgang, H., Gerrish, K., Friedrich, J., ... Mumtaz, Z. (2010). Migration, Minorities, and Maternity Services: A Three-Country International Comparison. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, 9 (4), 423-424.
Salway, S., Harriss, K., & Chowbey, P. (2010). Using participatory, observational and ‘Rapid Appraisal’ methods: researching health and illness. In Mason, J., & Dale, A. (Eds.) Understanding social research: thinking creatively about method. (pp. 169-186). Sage Publications Ltd: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book233410
Salway, S., Platt, L., Harriss, K., & Chowbey, P. (n.d.). Long-Term Health Conditions and Disability Living Allowance: Exploring Ethnic Differences and Similarities in Access. In Ethnicity, Health and Health Care. (pp. 108-130). Blackwell Publishing Ltd: http://doi.org/10.1002/9781444306606.ch7
Salway, S., Chowbey, P., & Clarke, L. (2009). Parenting in moden Britain: understanding the experiences of Asian fathers. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/Asian-fathers-Britain-full.pdf
Salway, S., Platt, L., Chowbey, P., Harriss, K., & Bayliss, E. (2007). Long-term ill health, poverty and ethnicity. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/1995-health-ethnicity-poverty.pdf
Bashir, N., Dayson, C., Mccarthy, L., Chowbey, P., & Ismail, M. (2016). Making the most of primary and community services: what works for BAME people with long-term conditions? Research Summary. Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/making-the-most-of-primary-and-community-services-what-works-for-bame-people-with-long-term--summary
Bashir, N., Dayson, C., Mccarthy, L., Ismail, M., & Chowbey, P. (2016). Making the most of primary and community services : what works for BAME people with long-term conditions? Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/making-the-most-of-primary-and-community-services-what-works-for-bame-people-with-long-term
Chowbey, P., & Harrop, D. (2016). Healthy eating in UK minority ethnic households : influences and way forward. Race Equality Foundation. http://www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/healthy-eating-uk-minority-ethnic-households-influences-and-way-forward
Bamonte, J., Bashir, N., Chowbey, P., Dayson, C., Gore, T., Ismail, M., & Mccarthy, L. (2015). Increasing the uptake of primary and community long-term conditions services in Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Nottingham - an exploratory research study. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/increasing-the-uptake-of-primary-and-community-long-term-conditions-services-in-black-and-minority
Chowbey, P., Garrick, R., & Harrop, D. (2015). Preparing minority ethnic children for starting primary school: integrating health and education. London: Race Equality Foundation. http://www.better-health.org.uk/sites/default/files/briefings/downloads/Health%20Briefing%2035.pdf
Piercy, H., Salway, S., & Chowbey, P. (2014). A critical review of interventions to increase the uptake of mammography in minority ethnic populations. NIHR. https://www.e-repository.clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/a-critical-review-of-interventions-to-increase-the-uptake-of-mammography-in-minority-ethnic-populations/
Haywood, A., Oddy, A., & Roderick, P. (2013). Health Inequalities Project Casebook 2008-2012. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, University of Sheffield, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Turner,, D., Salway, S., Chowbey, P., & Mir, G. (2012). Mini Case Study Book Real world examples of using evidence to improve health services for minority ethnic people. Evidence and Ethnicity in Commissioning.
Allmark, P., & Chowbey, P. (2010). Shaping healthy communities: a report on the second symposium on the role of local authorities in reducing health inequalities. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.sheffieldfirst.org.uk/the-partnership/health-and-well-being-partnership/key-documents#shaping
Chowbey, P., Hilary Piercy, H., Willis, L., Soady, J., & Salway, S. (2010). Care pathway to revascularisation: experiences of Pakistani women and health care practitioners in Sheffield.
Chowbey, P., Salway, S., Mubarak Ismail, M., Kate Gerrish, K., & Max Moullin, M. (2008). Responding to Diverse Needs: Eating Disorders in 'BME Communities' in Sheffield Report.
Theses / Dissertations
Chowbey, P. (2020). Economic justice, economic abuse and household resources among South Asian in the UK and South Asia. (Doctoral thesis).
- Chowbey, P. (Nov 2021) Barriers in fighting economic abuse: South Asian women in Britain, Survivors’ Summit, Surviving Economic Abuse
- Chowbey, P. (2019) I did not know where my card and cheque books were kept: economic abuse identification, conceptualisation and strategies in Britain and South Asia, The UCL Centre for Gender & Global Health, seminar series, London
- Chowbey, P. (2017) South Asian women's financial strategies, Integrated Mixed Methods: A Workshop funded by British Academy, University of Manchester
- Chowbey, P. (2017) Women's narratives of Economic abuse and financial strategies, Born in Bradford, Bradford
- Chowbey, P. (2016) Employment, masculinities and domestic violence in 'fragile' contexts: Pakistani women in Pakistan and the UK, Applying mixed methods: Studying work in Asia, GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg
- Chowbey, P. (2015) What is food without love? Intra-household power dynamics and food consumption in the Gujarati and Pakistani households in India, Pakistan and the UK, Thomas Coram Research Unit, University College London
- Chowbey, P. and Garrick, R. (2015) Building Resilience: Ethnic minority children starting school in England, EAL ‘For All’ Conference, Sheffield
- Chowbey, P. and Garrick, R. (2014) Building Resilience: working with minority ethnic children and their parents, Invited talk, Hunters Bar School, Sheffield
- Chowbey, P. (Oct 2013), ‘Feed them nuggets of gold, but watch them with the eye of a tiger!’: British South Asian fathers talking about memories of their own fathers, University of Oxford
- Chowbey, P (April 2012): Parenting in Modern Britain: Understanding the Experiences of Asian Fathers, Educating the next generation, Sheffield, Keynote speaker
- Chowbey, P., & Salway, S. (April 2011) Engaging with South Asian fathers, Communities Workforce Development Unit, Sheffield City Council
- Chowbey P, Salway, S. (2010) Working with and against ethnic categories in a study of long-term ill health and poverty, Promoting Methodological Innovation and Capacity Building in Research on ethnicity, ESRC Seminar series Sheffield
Panels in international conferences:
- Johnson, L. Stylianou, A. & Chowbey, P. (2021) The impact of economic abuse on women: a multi country analysis, the European Conference on Domestic Violence, Online, September 2021
- Olsen, W., Arun, S., & Chowbey, P. (2018) Women's inequalities and global progress in work: access, dignity, decency in women's work, panel in Development Studies Association conference, Manchester
- Olsen, W. and Chowbey, P. (2015) Household Dynamics, Economic Marginalization/Integration, and Women’s Issues in Asia, panel in 24th IAFFE Annual Conference Gender Equality in Challenging Times, Berlin.
Published conference abstracts
- Chowbey, P. (2019) Healthy eating, social class, and ethnicity: exploring the food practices of South Asian mothers; 'Re-imagining Food Systems, Sustainability, Futures and the Everyday’, at Monash University, Prato, Italy.
- Chowbey, P. (2019) Control of household finances, empowerment and equality; Social Policy Annual Conference, University of Durham
- Chowbey, P. (2018) Women's aspirations and discontent in control of household finances, Development Studies Association conference, Manchester
- Chowbey, P. (2017) Like you eat Weetabix, so we use wheat to make roti: What does healthy eating mean for South Asian women in the UK? British Sociological Association Food and Society 2017 Conference
- Chowbey, P. (2017) Women's narratives of economic violence and financial strategies in Britain and South Asia, Psychology of Violence, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Manchester
- Chowbey, P. (2017) Household resources and economic justice in Britain, India and Pakistan, 'Gender, Institutions and Change: Feminist Institutionalism after 10 years' Manchester
- Chowbey, P. (2016) Employment, masculinities and domestic violence in 'fragile' contexts: Pakistani women in Pakistan and the UK, Applying mixed methods: Studying work in Asia, Social Policy Association Annual conference, Belfast
- Chowbey, P. (2015) Household resources and 'institutional intersectionality' in Britain, India and Pakistan 24th IAFFE Annual Conference Gender Equality in Challenging Times, Berlin.
- Chowbey, P. (2015) The institutional embeddedness of household resource allocation in Britain, India and Pakistan’, Social Policy Association Annual conference, Belfast
- Chowbey P. (July 2014) What is food without love? The political, moral and emotional economies of food consumption in the UK, India and Pakistan, Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Sheffield
- Chowbey, P and Salway, S. (April 2014)- ‘I feel my dad every moment!’: salience of memories of own fathers in British South Asian fathering practices, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Leeds
- Garrick, R. and Chowbey, P. (2013) Building Resilience: Ethnic minority children starting school in England, 23rd European Early Childhood Education Research Association conference, Talinn, Estonia, August 28-31
- Chowbey, P. & Salway, S. (2013) Alone in a crowd: Barriers in social capital activation, A case study of UK Ghanaians, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London
Punita is interested in supervising students in the area of gender and economic justice, gender based violence, household finance, economic abuse, household food practices, women's employment and other areas of household and relationships. She is currently supervising a doctoral student who is exploring the transition experiences of racially minoritised student nurses into university.
1. BBC Radio Sheffield (27 Jan 2020) Culture and Identity
2. BBC Asian Network (26 June 2019) How does migration affect health?
3. BBC World Service (30 October 2018) Economic Abuse. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3cswgwb
4. BBC Asian Network, Growing up without a father (01 November 2018). https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000x1h
5. BBC Asian Network: (18 June 2018) Fathers and sons, with Mobeen Azhar
6. BBC Asian Network, Big Debate: (17 November 2017) How women use food to negotiate power in Pakistani and Indian households, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09dldgl
7. BBC Radio Sheffield: (21 May 2017) Confronting marital economic abuse
1. Asian Sunday: The organic emergence of the modern-day South Asian father (June 2022)
2. Whetstone Magazine, the South Asian vertical: Behind Recipes of Convenience is a Story of Sacrifice (April 2021)
1. The Conversation : Chowbey, P. (November 2017) How women use food to negotiate power in Pakistani and Indian households,
2. The Conversation: Chowbey, P. (2 May 2017) How Pakistani and Indian women confront marital economic abuse
3. Chowbey, P. (2021) Time poverty and healthy eating – reflections from research with British South Asian mothers https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/chefscluster/2021/07/05/time-poverty-and-healthy-eating-reflections-from-research-with-british-south-asian-mothers/
4. Chowbey, P. Sharp-Jeffs, N. (Dec 2017) Issues of economic safety and economic abuse in British South Asian households: reflections from an ESRC Festival of Social Science Event, as part of sixteen days of activism.
5. Journal of Advanced Nursing Invited blog Chowbey, P. (6 December 2015) Domestic violence against women in the context of migration and minoritization