Manisha Nair

Dr. Manisha Nair MBBS, MSc (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)


Senior Epidemiologist/ Health Services Researcher

Manisha Nair is a Senior Epidemiologist and MRC Career Development Fellow. She is working towards establishing a UK-India collaborative platform for maternal and perinatal health research (called MaatHRI).



Dr. Manisha Nair is a clinician by training and specialised in perinatal epidemiology and global public health research. She has a MBBS degree from India, MSc in Global Health Science and DPhil in Public Health from Oxford University, UK. She is currently a Senior Epidemiologist and MRC Career Development Fellow at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. Manisha is working towards establishing a UK-India collaborative platform for maternal and perinatal health research (called MaatHRI) and use this platform in the first instance to improve pregnancy care and outcomes of pregnant women with anaemia. Manisha has recently worked as an epidemiologist for the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Death in the UK and the UK Obstetric Surveillance System. Her DPhil research used mixed-methods to investigate the effect of a wage-for-employment policy of the Indian government on infant malnutrition. Manisha was a Fogarty International Clinical Research scholar, National Institutes of Health, USA, when she led a team to design a multicentre surveillance study on cardiometabolic diseases for South Asia. She was a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust scholar at University of Oxford during her DPhil. Previously, she has worked as a consultant for the National Polio Surveillance Project of the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a Surveillance Medical Officer and State Routine Immunisation Officer. Manisha has published in the areas of maternal and child health, social determinants of health, quality of care, non-communicable diseases and medical education.


Journal articles

Nair M, Baltag V, Bose K, Boschi-Pinto C, Lambrechts T, Mathai M. Improving the Quality of Health Care Services for Adolescents, Globally: A Standards-Driven Approach. J Adolesc Health 2015; 57(3): 288-98.

Nair M, Soffer K, Noor N, Knight M, Griffiths M. Selected maternal morbidities in women with a prior caesarean delivery planning vaginal birth or elective repeat caesarean section: a retrospective cohort analysis using data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System. BMJ Open 2015; 5(6): e007434.

Mohamed-Ahmed O, Nair M, Acosta C, Kurinczuk JJ, Knight M. Progression from severe sepsis in pregnancy to death: a UK population-based case-control analysis. BJOG 2015; 122(11): 1506-15.

Nair M, McClymont C, Shah A, Knight M. When a mother dies. Aims Journal 2015; 27: 11-2.

Nair M, Kurinczuk JJ, Knight M. Ethnic Variations in Severe Maternal Morbidity in the UK– A Case Control Study. PLoS ONE 2014; 9(4): e95086.

Nair M, Yoshida S, Lambrechts T, et al. Facilitators and barriers to quality of care in maternal, newborn and child health: a global situational analysis through meta-review. BMJ Open 2014;4:e004749.

Nair M, Ariana P, Webster P. Impact of mothers’ employment on infant feeding and care: a qualitative study of the experiences of mothers employed though the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. BMJ Open. 2014; 4(4).

Nair M, Ariana P, Ohuma EO, Gray R, De Stavola B, Webster P. Effect of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) on Malnutrition of Infants in Rajasthan, India: A Mixed Methods Study. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(9):e75089.

Nair M, McHardy K, Plugge E, Wickramasinghe K, Yarlgadda S. (2013). Practical Skills Training Programme: A ‘Students as Partners’ Initiative. Student Engagement and Experience Journal, 2(2),

Nair M, Ariana P, Webster P. What influences the decision to undergo institutional delivery by skilled birth attendants? A cohort study in rural Andhra Pradesh, India. Rural Remote Health. 2012;12:2311. Epub 2012/11/15.

Nair M, Webster P. Health professionals' migration in emerging market economies: patterns, causes and possible solutions. Journal of public health (Oxford, England). 2012. Epub 2012/10/26.

Nair M, Prabhakaran D. Why Do South Asians Have High Risk for CAD? Global Heart. 2012 (doi: 10.1016/j.gheart.2012.09.001).

Nair M, Ali MK, Ajay VS, Shivashankar R, Mohan V, Pradeepa R, et al. CARRS Surveillance study: design and methods to assess burdens from multiple perspectives. BMC public health. 2012; 12(1):701.

Nair M, Webster P. Managing priorities. Medical education. 2012; 46(8) 733-35.

Nair M. Protein conjugate polysaccharide vaccines: challenges in development and global implementation. IJCM. 2012; 37(2):79-82.

Nair M, Webster P, Ariana P. Impact of non-health policies on population health through the social determinants pathway. Bull World Health Org. 2011; 89(11):778.

Nair M, Prabhakaran D, Narayan KMV, Sinha R, Lakshmy R, Devasenapathy N, et al. HbA1c values for defining diabetes and impaired fasting glucose in Asian Indians. Primary Care Diabetes. 2011; 5(2):95-102.

Nair M, Webster P. Education for health professionals in the emerging market economies: a literature review. Med Educ. 2010; 44(9):856-63.

Nair M, Prabhakaran D. Dietary salt reduction and cardiovascular disease. NMJI. 2010; 23(6):253-53.

Book chapters

Nair M, Webster P. Medical education in the emerging market economies. In: Walsh K, editor. Oxford Textbook of Medical Education. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2013. p. 683-96.

Nair M, Plugge E. Engaging students for professional practice in global health. In: Dunne E, Owen D, editors. The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited; 2013. p. 412-36.

Technical notes

Porter C, Sanchez A, Nair M. Surveying Siblings: The case for tracking brothers and sisters of Young Lives Index Children in Round 4 and Beyond. Oxford: Young Lives, Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), University of Oxford; April 2012.


Knight, M, Nair, M, Shah, A, Noor, N & Acosta, C. 2014. Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in the UK 2009–12: Surveillance and Epidemiology. In: Knight, M, Kenyon, S, Brocklehurst, P, Neilson, J, Shakespeare, J, Kurinczuk, J, on behalf of MBRRACE-UK (eds.) Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care - Lessons learned to inform future maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2009-12. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford.

Nair M, Workman M, Fitzpatrick K, Acosta C, Peirsegaele P, Mistry V, Kurinczuk JJ, Knight M. UKOSS Annual Report 2013. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (2014).