Dr Aravinda Guntupalli

Dr Aravinda Guntupalli
Dr Aravinda Guntupalli
Dr Aravinda Guntupalli

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

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Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 437971
Office Address

Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS)

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition (SMMSN) 

University of Aberdeen

Room 1.077, Polwarth Building  | Foresterhill | Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


My academic journey started in Hyderabad, India with a BSc in Genetics, Chemistry and Zoology. Due to my interest in health inequalities, I changed my track to a Masters in Anthropology (Hyderabad Central University) to gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of socio-economic and demographic factors on health inequalities including access to care. To improve my skills further in quantitative methods, I have done another Masters in Demography at the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai. While carrying out a PhD in Demography on the health status of the slum-dwelling migrant population in Hyderabad in Demography, I was offered a research and teaching position at the University of Tuebingen at the Department of Economics, which resulted in my PhD thesis on Anthropometric Evidence of Indian Welfare and Inequality in the 20th Century. My postdoctoral journey took me to the University of Southampton in 2007 where I worked as a research fellow in the Social Policy Department and at the MRC Life Course Epidemiology Unit followed by a Lectureship in Social Sciences. In 2015, I moved to the Open University as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health where I was also the Academic Lead for the Race Equality Charter. In December 2019, I have joined the IAHS, University of Aberdeen, as Senior Lecturer in Global Health. My research takes me to various countries including India, UK, Kenya and Zimbabwe.


  • PhD Economics 
    2007 - University of Tuebingen, Germany 
  • MPS Master of Population Studies 
    2002 - International Institute for Population Sciences 
  • MA Masters degree in Anthropology 
    2000 - Central University of Hyderabad 
  • PG Cert AP PG Certificate in Academic Practice 
    2013 - University of Southampton 
  • BSc Genetics, Zoology and Chemistry 
    1998 - The Osmania University College for Women 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

I sit on the University Race Equality Strategy group Committee and Equality and Diversity group meeting of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences.

I am an Institute of Applied Health Sciences Athena SWAN Champion and one of the four Race Equality Champions of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.

Member- Senate Academicus or Senate of the University of Aberdeen (elected)

Member- Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) Research Strategy Group

External Memberships

Member of British Society of Gerontology (britishgerontology.org)

Steering committee member and one of the founders of the Special Interest Group: Ageing in Africa, Asia and Latin America of British Society of Gerontology

Ageing in Africa, Asia and Latin America :: British Society of Gerontology (britishgerontology.org)

Prizes and Awards

2012 Southampton University Vice-Chancellors team award in recognition to the outstanding contribution as a team 

2003 Social Science History Association Rockefeller Graduate Student Award for the best proposal 

2002 Chandrasekharan Award from the Indian Association for the Study of Population


Research Overview

My research focuses on health inequalities by protected characteristics mostly age, gender, sexuality and socio-economic status including non-monetary indicators of poverty. My methodology tends to be mostly quantitative with or without a historical perspective. My settings tend to be the UK or LMICs in poorer settings. Given my interdisciplinary training with a BSc in Genetics, Zoology and Chemistry, Masters in both Anthropology and Demography and a PhD in Economics, my research looks at inequalities using an interdisciplinary lens.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Applied Health Sciences, Nutrition and Health.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Applied Health Sciences

Accepting PhDs

Nutrition and Health

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Health Studies
  • International Development
  • International Social Policy
  • Health and Welfare
  • Physical and Biological Anthropology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

  • Impact of COVID on nutrition and food security of informal migrant workers in India
  • Non-communicable diseases among older people in India
  • COVID impact on older people in India


My current supervision areas are: Applied Health Sciences, Nutrition and Health.

Current PhD student

Theadora Koller topic:  A framework for equity-oriented “rural proofing” national health policies, strategies and plans in LMIC

Supervisory Team: Phil Wilson, Aravinda Meera Guntupalli and Lucia D’Ambruoso


Teaching Responsibilities

Programme coordinator of MSc Global Health and Management Global Health and Management | Postgraduate Taught Subjects | Study Here | The University of Aberdeen (abdn.ac.uk)

Postgraduate Research Coordinator, Institute of Applied Health Sciences


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