Mr Karim Mitha

Visiting Lecturer/Researcher/Public Health Registrar
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Current Insitution Location: United Kingdom

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Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise
My work primarily focuses on mental health inequalities amongst BME minority communities. I consider the influence of gender, acculturation, migration, discrimination, etc on mental health. I employ a social psychological approach to examine health outcomes - primarily looking at the intersection of identity and belonging. By working in BME mental health I seek to examine cultural constructs of mental health in order to develop culturally sensitive health promotion initiatives and look at current explanatory models. My work done with the Australian Muslim community is currently in the publication process with various papers at review/revision stage and my current work focuses on mental health and identity amongst Muslims in Scotland. I have been working with faith and community leaders, clinicians, and settled migrants who are experiencing mental health issues. To that end, I've been involved with the Edinburgh Migration and Ethnic Health Research Group for several years and have presented work on my current research at various conferences related to migrant and ethnic minority health. I have also supervised work in looking at refugee health and NCDs as well as learning disabilities. I also contribute to needs assessments, inequality analyses and strategy on migrant and BME populations in a diverse London borough. Working in the area of migrant health inequalities , I am acutely aware of the influence of policies, representation, and the current discourse has on migrant health and feel it important to employ intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches to tackle these inequalities.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories
Internal Migration
Migrant Workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Students (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

International/Cross-Border Migration
International migrant workers (Adolescents, Adults)
International students (Adolescents, Adults)
Refugees (Children, Adolescents, Adults)
Resident visa holders (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
The faith community and mental health resilience amongst Australian Ismaili Muslim youth Mitha, K & Adatia, S
Two cultures, one identity: Formulations of Australian Ismaili Muslim identity Mitha, K, Adatia, S, & Jaspal, R
Sufism and healing Mitha, K.

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
Acculturation, identity, and mental health amongst Muslims in Scotland Principal Investigator