Dr Hiranthi Jayaweera

Hiranthi Jayaweera

Research Affiliate

Hiranthi Jayaweera was a Senior Researcher at COMPAS from 2005 to 2015, working mainly on projects in the Welfare, and Urban Change and Settlement clusters, with activities involved in the Global Exchange on Migration & Diversity. She has a particular research interest in issues around migration and health, and the integration of migrants, and has undertaken quantitative and qualitative research in both areas.

Hiranthi has a DPhil in Sociology and has researched, taught and written about issues related to social divisions, particularly gender and ethnic divisions in the UK. Before working at COMPAS she was a researcher at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford. Her work focused on barriers to care for low income childbearing women, and included analysing data on ethnic minority families in the Millennium Cohort Study. 

Recent academic activity

2016 – 2017

Measuring the impact of the Inter-cultural Cities approach on community cohesion in Lewisham and Manchester. For Migration Policy Group.


Member of Expert Group, World Health Organisation (WHO) Initiative Women on the move: The health contributions and consequences of women's mobility, to inform the Report by WHO Director-General towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agenda, 2016 -17.


Commissioning health services for vulnerable migrant women in England. Primary research project to examine views of health policy makers and statutory and voluntary sector healthcare providers. Funded by Maternity Action and the Women’s Health and Equality Consortium.


Mid-term External Evaluator of European Commission funded flagship project Equi-Health: Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma and other vulnerable groups in Europe for International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Recent publications

Jayaweera, H. (in press) ‘The health of migrants in the UK: evidence and implications for healthcare’ in Kuehlmeyer, K. et al (eds) Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Healthcare for Migrants: Perspectives from the UK and Germany. Routledge.

Jayaweera, H. (in press) ‘Access to healthcare for vulnerable migrant women in England: a human security approach’ , Current Sociology.

Jayaweera, H. (2016) ‘Migration and health behaviour’ in Felicity Thomas (ed.) Handbook of Migration and Health. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Jayaweera, H. (2016) Commissioning health services for vulnerable migrant women in England: Evidence on policies and practices. London: Women’s Health and Equality Consortium and Maternity Action.

Jayaweera, H. & McCarthy, H. (2016), ‘NHS equality policies focus too narrowly on ethnicity’, BMJ Careers, 11 January 2016.

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