Dr Sandhya Duggal

Research Fellow

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Contact details

NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre
Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Health & Population Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Sandhya Duggal is apost-doctoral researcher, with research and academic experience in public health and medical sociology. Sandhya is a qualitative researcher who has conducted, analysed and disseminated findings across a variety of public health care settings.


  • PhD Medical Sociology, University of Birmingham (2014)
  • MA Sociology, University of Warwick (2009)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Leicester (2008)


Sandhya first became interested in sociology during her undergraduate years at the University of Leicester. After completing her Masters at Warwick University, Sandhya secured a PhD studentship within the NIHR Collaborations for Leadership  in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands (CLAHRC WM). Sandhya’s PhD explored the cultural and social factors which influence Indian Punjabi men’s health beliefs and how these shaped perceptions of risk related to Type 2 Diabetes.

During her final year of her PhD, Sandhya also worked as a Research Associate for CLAHRC Theme 5 Maternity Services. The aim of the study was to improve the care pathway for women who request a caesarean section for non-medical reasons. Sandhya conducted a series of qualitative interviews with healthcare professionals, patients and stakeholders in the NHS to identify areas for improvement.

Sandhya now works as a Research Fellow at the NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre, formerly the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre, on an ESRC funded project REGenableMED. The study is concerned with exploring regenerative medicine and its development and implementation, with a focus on the analysis of emergent value systems and health service readiness.


Sandhya has delivered small group teaching sessions (SGTs) for the Medicine and Surgery MBChB course at the University of Birmingham.

Postgraduate supervision

Sandhya is interested in supervising research students in the following areas:

  • Perceptions of health and risk within chronic diseases
  • Cultural and social factors which influence the health of in migrant populations


Sandhya is a member of the Qualitative Research methods for Health Care Evaluation group, University of Birmingham and the British Sociological Association (BSA).


S.Duggal and L.Griffith (2014) Exploring the History of South Asian Football Clubs: A Workshop, University of Birmingham/IRiS (Proposal accepted)

S. Duggal and M Sidhu; `Experiences Of A South Asian Researcher Exploring South Asian Health Beliefs’ (awaiting publication, 2014)

S. Duggal; ‘Findings From A Study On Risk Perception Of Indian Punjabi Males’ (awaiting publication, 2014)

Oral presentation on reflexive findings at CVD and Sociology; ‘Using Sociology to help prevent cardiovascular disease’ (March 2012)

Poster presentation at SAHF Conference (Birmingham, 2012)

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