I am a researcher in Disparities and Global Perspectives in Health and Wellbeing research group in Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and a Doctoral Researcher in Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University.
I lead 'Identity, Difference and Marginalisation' research cluster within the group. I am also a lead coordinator for Hallam Guild Group - Migration, Refuge and the University.
I am trained as a social anthropologist, public health professional, and an experienced interdisciplinary researcher with a proven track record of success within research and development.
I consciously consider the social, political, cultural, religious and economic dimensions and dynamics of whatever problems I work on or study. My broader research area is Global Public Health, in which I research on women's health and wellbeing, gender, sexuality, violence and the intersections among these areas.
My research is primarily focused on understanding the notion of honour and its relation with honour related violence and killings in South Asia and the South Asian communities living in the UK within the theme of gender based violence.
I am actively involved in research, teaching and supervision. I have experience of securing and managing internally and externally funded local, national and international research projects. I have been working in public health; social science research and international development for more than 12 years in academic, community, volunteer sector and healthcare environment. Previously, I have worked in different capacities with various organisations in the UK and Pakistan. I have completed research projects in Indonesia, Pakistan and Philippines.
I have been working on various topics including physical activity, mental health, history and wellbeing, maternal health and nutrition, gender, sexuality, violence and public health. My methodological expertise are around leading qualitative ethnographic research and evaluation, systematic, narrative and integrated reviews and realist synthesis of evidence. I have developed and coordinating international research collaborations between SHU and academic and non-academic institution in Pakistan and Indonesia.
I have authored 17 peer reviewed publications, one eBook chapter, and more than 20 project reports. I have made over 35 oral and poster presentations at local, national and international conferences, speaking to audiences of all levels. I have been invited and key note speaker at various conferences and seminars. I have published research based short articles for media outlets including the Conversation, the Independent, and the Express Tribune.
Health And Wellbeing
Health and Social Care
British Council funded Project: Maternal and Infant Health and Nutrition in Indonesia: An interdisciplinary workshop exploring opportunities and challenges for collaborative research, policy and practice development.
Association for Sociology of Religion funded study: An Exploration of the notions of Honour and shame in Islam and their relations to Honour Killings of Women and Girls in Pakistan and within Pakistani community in United Kingdom.
British Council funded study: An Ethnographic Study of Maternal Nutrition and Health in Minangkabau: A Matrilineal Community of Indonesia.
NIHR funded study: Rehabilitation Effectiveness and Activities for Life (REAL): Realistic Evaluation.
Imagine (SHU) funded project: History and Well-being: An Exploration of motives for and Benefits of Participation in Community History.
Physiotherapy Research Foundation Award: Recommendations for exercise adherence measures: Findings from a systematic review and consensus workshop
Public Health Rotherham funded project: The characteristics and development of resilient communities: A realist synthesis.
SY CLAHRC funded project: Weight gain following a stroke in younger age (< 70) men and women: challenges and opportunities for prevention.
NIHR funded project TURNUP: contributed in an evidence synthesis and preparation of project outputs of the project
British Council Knowledge Exchange Programme funded project: Developing International Research Collaboration.
Public Health Birmingham funded project: Developing a framework for estimating the impact of obesity interventions in a European city.
Social Research & Development Organisation (SRDO) funded study: Exploring the wider context in which honour murders occur in Sindh Pakistan.
Homer C, Allmark P, Bhanbhro S, Ibbotson R, Tod A (2015) Weight Gain following a stroke in Younger age (below 70) men and women: Challenges and opportunities for prevention and action. NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber
Bhanbhro S (2015). Ethnographic Research Visit of West Sumatra Indonesia. British Council Researcher Links Travel Grant.
McLean S, Holden M, Haywood K, Potia T, Gee M, Mallett R, Bhanbhro S. (2014) Recommendations for exercise adherence measures in musculoskeletal settings: a systematic review and consensus meeting. Physiotherapy Research Foundation Award.
Allmark P, Bhanbhro S & Chrisp T (2013) Resilient Rotherham. NHS Rotherham.
McLean S, Gee M, Booth A, Salway S, Nancarrow S, Cobb M & Bhanbhro S (2013) Targeting the Use of Reminders & Notifications for Uptake by Populations (TURNUP): Systematic Review and Evidence Synthesis. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Aga Khan University (AKU) Karachi Pakistan
Andalas University Padang Indonesia British Council
British Academy City University London
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)
Public Health Sheffield Public Health Rotherham
National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) National Health Service (NHS)
Sindh University Sindh Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam University Pakistan
University of Central Lancashire World Health Organisation (WHO)
Bhanbhro, S., Kamal, T., Widoyo, R., Lipoeto, N.I., & Soltani, H. (2020). Factors affecting maternal nutrition and health: A qualitative study in a matrilineal community in Indonesia. PLoS One, 15 (6), e0234545. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0234545
Lusambili, A., Bhanbhro, S., & Muchanga, K. (2020). Positionality, Access to the Social Space and Place of Research: Narratives from Research in Low Middle Income Settings. People, Place and Policy. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.2020.6344577346
Twells, A., Furness, P., Bhanbhro, S., & Gregory, M. (2018). 'It's about giving yourself a sense of belonging’: community-based history and well-being in South Yorkshire. People, place and policy online, 12 (1), 8-28. https://extra.shu.ac.uk/ppp-online/
Boyle, P., Bhanbhro, S., & De Guzman, J.E. (2017). Universal healthcare in the Philippines and the scope for therapy and rehabilitation. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 24 (9), 403-408. http://doi.org/10.12968/ijtr.2017.24.9.403
Gee, M., Bhanbhro, S., Cook, S., & Killaspy, H. (2017). Rapid realist review of the evidence : achieving lasting change when mental health rehabilitation staff undertake recovery-oriented training. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 73 (8), 1775-1791. http://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13232
Mclean, S., Holden, M., Potia, T., Gee, M., Mallett, R., Bhanbhro, S., ... Haywood, K. (2017). Quality and acceptability of measures of exercise adherence in musculoskeletal settings: a systematic review. Rheumatology (Oxford, England), 56 (3), 426-438. http://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/kew422
Killaspy, H., King, M., Holloway, F., Craig, T.J., Cook, S., Mundy, T., ... Bhanbhro, S. (2017). The Rehabilitation Effectiveness for Activities for Life (REAL) study: a national programme of research into NHS inpatient mental health rehabilitation services across England. Programme Grants for Applied Research, 5 (7), 1-284. http://doi.org/10.3310/pgfar05070
Whitfield, M., Bhanbhro, S., Green, G., Lewis, K., Hindle, L., & Levy, C. (2016). Developing a framework for estimating the potential impactof obesity interventions in a European city. Health Promotion International, 31 (3), 684-691. http://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dav019
Bhanbhro, S., Gee, M., Cook, S., Marston, L., Lean, M., & Killaspy, H. (2016). Recovery-based staff training intervention within mental health rehabilitation units: A two-stage analysis using realistic evaluation principles and framework approach. BMC Psychiatry, 16 (292). http://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-016-0999-y
Mclean, S., Booth, A., Gee, M., Salway, S., Cobb, M., Bhanbhro, S., & Nancarrow, S. (2016). Appointment reminder systems are effective but not optimal: results of a systematic review and evidence synthesis employing realist principles. Patient Preference and Adherence, 10, 479-499. http://doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S93046
Bhanbhro, S., Cronin De Chavez, A., & Lusambili, A. (2016). Honour based violence as a global public health problem: a critical review of literature. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 9 (3), 198-215. http://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-10-2015-0032
Noorie, C., Weinstein, J., Ray, J., Hood, R., & Bhanbhro, S. (2014). Early experiences in extending personal budgets in one local authority. Working with Older People, 18 (4), 176-185. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/
Mclean, S., Gee, M., Booth, A., Salway, S., Nancarrow, S., Cobb, M., & Bhanbhro, S. (2014). Targeting the use of reminders and notifications for uptake by populations (TURNUP): a systematic review and evidence synthesis. Health Services and Delivery Research, 2 (34). http://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr02340
Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., & Chrisp, T. (2014). An argument against the focus on Community Resilience in Public Health. BMC Public Health, 14, 62. http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-62
Bhanbhro, S., Wassan, M.R., Shah, M., Talpur, A.A., & Wassan, A.A. (2013). Karo Kari : the murder of honour in Sindh Pakistan : an ethnographic study. International Journal of Asian Social Science, 3 (7), 1467-1484. http://www.aessweb.com/
Jones, R., Bhanbhro, S., Grant, R., & Hood, R. (2013). The definition and deployment of differential core professional competencies and characteristics in multiprofessional health and social care teams. Health and Social Care in the Community, 21 (1), 47-58. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2012.01086.x
Bhanbhro, S., & Bryar, R.M. (2012). The experience of using appreciative inquiry in the Patient Pathways Project. AI Practitioner, 14 (3), 61-63.
Bhanbhro, S., & Bryar, R. (2012). The experience of using appreciative inquiry in the patient pathways project. International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry, 14 (3), 61-63. http://www.aipractitioner.com/ai-practitioner-august-2012-ai-research-notes
Bhanbhro, S., Drennan, V.M., Grant, R., & Harris, R. (2011). Assessing the contribution of prescribing in primary care by nurses and professionals allied to medicine : a systematic review of literature. BMC Health Services Research, 11 (330), 1-10. http://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-11-330
de Chavez, A.C., Bhanbhro, S., & Lusambili, A. (2016). Honour based violence and wellbeing of women and girls of Pakistani heritage in South Yorkshire (abstract only). Injury Prevention, 22 (Suppl), A259. http://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042156.723
Homer, C., Allmark, P., Ibbotson, R., Bhanbhro, S., & Tod, A. (2015). Weight gain following stroke : its everybody's business. In UK Stroke Forum 2015, ACC Liverpool, 2015 - 2015. https://www.stroke.org.uk/events/training-conference/uk-stroke-forum-conference-2015
Bhanbhro, M.S., & Wassan, R. (2013). Stigmatization of Hijras in Pakistan: Social exclusion and sex work. CULTURE HEALTH & SEXUALITY, 15, S247.
Khan, K., Dossa, S., & Bhanbhro, S. (2006). Equity analysis by community; and addressing the unpredictable terrain. In Geneva Health Forum, Geneva, 30 August 2006 - 1 September 2006.
Homer, C., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., Ibbotson, R., & Tod, A. (2014). Long term weight gain following stroke : exploring incidence and explanations. In BSA Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Aston University, Birmingham, 10 September 2014 - 12 September 2014.
Homer, C., Tod, A., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., & Ibbotson, R. (2014). Weight gain after a stroke : the issue and control. In RCN 2014 Annual International Nursing Research Conference, Glasgow, 2 April 2014 - 4 April 2014. http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/research_and_innovation/rs/research2014
Bhanbhro, S. (2015). Representation of honour killings: critical discourse analysis of Pakistani English-language newspapers. In Tomas, J., & Epple, N. (Eds.) Sexuality, oppression and human rights. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press
Homer, C., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., Ibbotson, R., & Tod, A. (2015). Weight gain following stroke in younger age (below 70 years) in men and women: challenges and opportunities for prevention and action. Sheffield, UK: Collaboration for Leadership in applied Health Research and Care. http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/our-themes/public-health-and-inequalities/end-of-project-report
Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., & Chrisp, T. (2013). RESILIENT ROTHERHAM? NHS Rotherham.
Mclean, S., Holden, M., Haywood, K., Potia, T., Gee, M., Mallett, R., & Bhanbhro, S. (n.d.). Recommendations for exercise adherence measures in musculoskeletal settings: a systematic review and consensus meeting. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Bhanbhro, S. (2014). Representations of 'honour killing' in Pakistani newspapers: a critical discourse analysis. Presented at: Why Discourse Matters? Theoretical and Methodological Practices of Discourse Analysis - 2nd Graduate conference, Frankfurt Germany, 2014
Bhanbhro, S. (2008). Experiences of women survived in armed tribal conflict: a case study of Union Council Khuhra district Khairpur Sindh Pakistan. Presented at: The Asia Workshop on Gender, Conflict and Development “In Search of Peace and Development: Women Hold Half the Ground", Davao Philippines, 2008
Global Assessor - Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) - 2018 to 2020
Panel member and Reviewer - Newton Fund/British Council (2018 - to present)
Specialist Invited Reviewer - National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Reviewer - International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare
Reviewer - World Health Organisation (WHO) Bulletin