Department of Public Health
International Development and Health; Capability Approach and Health; Indigenous Health Dr Ariana's research empirically examines, using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, the interaction between processes of development and health with an appreciation for the complexity of both. She recently completed research with indigenous populations in Southern Mexico and is currently involved with an IDRC funded research project examining transitions and health in rural China. Within this framework, she uses Amartya Sen’s capability approach to understand health, its multidimensional nature, and the complexity of contributing factors.
Proochista holds a Master of Science degree in International Health from Harvard University and a Doctorate in International Development from University of Oxford. This compliments a first degree in immunology, extensive laboratory research, and training in medicine. Her current lecturship post is shared between the Department of Public Health and the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) for whom she runs the module on 'International Development and Health', supervises post-graduate students, and facilitates collaborative cross-departmental research. She is the elected secretary of the Human Development Capability Association (HDCA) and Health Research Associate for the Young Lives project based in ODID.