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Dr Shahaduz Zaman

Dr Shahaduz Zaman

Research Fellow



I am a medically trained medical anthropologist. My fields of research and teaching include anthropological dimensions of global health, global health policies, hospital ethnography, and qualitative research methods. I am currently working as a Research Fellow at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow. Before joining University of Glasgow, I was working with Newcastle University as a Senior Research Associate, and coordinated two EU-FP7 funded multi-country research projects. I have worked in various global health research projects involving South Asian and Eastern Mediterranean countries. I was born and brought up in Bangladesh, and started my career as a community health physician in the rural parts of the country. Before moving to UK in 2009, I was working as an Associate Professor at the School of Global Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh. I have published books, book chapters and several journal articles.

Research and Teaching Interests

My areas of research interests include medical anthropology and global health, social and cultural dimensions of end of life care, hospital ethnography and medical history, which are all relevant to medical humanities.

I am currently working in a WellCome Trust funded project titled, ‘Global Interventions at the End of Life’. The project aims to generate new theoretical propositions and empirical knowledge that will lead to more sustainable and appropriate end-of-life interventions across cultures and settings. I am particularly responsible for coordinating in-depth comparative case studies on end of life interventions in different international settings using multiple methods of enquiry.

At the Newcastle University I was involved in a multi country project involving four Mediterranean countries, namely Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Palestine. I was responsible for designing and coordinating a study that included comparative analysis of health policies and the ethnographic exploration of people’s health seeking behaviour in relation to Non Communicable disease.

I was also the Principal Investigator (PI) of a British Academy funded medical humanities project in Bangladesh and Nepal. As part of this project I explored the political history of family planning in Bangladesh and assessed research and education on Medical Humanities in Nepal. I was the founding member of ‘Medical Humanities Group’ organized by Institute of Health and Society English department at Newcastle University.




  • College of Social Sciences, School of Interdisciplinary Studies