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Dr Rana Amiri

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Senior Lecturer CPD and MSc Nursing

I graduated from Mashhad University of Medical Science (Iran) in 2016 with a PhD in nursing. My PhD thesis was a mix-method design study, concentrating on the health-seeking behaviour of Afghan refugees in Iran. The project's first stage was an ethnographic study then I designed and validated a health-seeking behaviour questionnaire.

I gained my BSc in general nursing and MSc in paediatric nursing in Iran. After my master's degree, I worked as a research assistant in the Neonatal Research Centre, which mainly focused on investigating low birth weight and preterm neonates, neonates and children's health. Meanwhile, I worked as a clinical teacher and preceptor at the Mashhad University of Medical Science-Iran in children's wards.

During my PhD, my research interest developed and focused on health equity, transcultural caring, cultural intelligence, and ethnography. Then, I found the extensive experience working with refugees, women, children, ethnic minorities and vulnerable groups in Iran. I was a project principal in two health projects for Afghan refugees in Iran, funded by United Nations.

I started working in the UK as a Visiting Scholar at Northumbria University in 2019 with Prof Kathryn Cassidy to develop funding proposals and publications relating to her current research on asylum-seeking and refugee women. Then I became involved as a research associate at the University of Sunderland in 2021. After that, I continued working at the University of Sunderland as an AT from 2021 to 2022. Now, I am a Senior Lecturer for CPD and MSc nursing starting in October 2022.

I am also a member of Fuse.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on:

I am the module leader for HSSM69: Leadership and Management (Level 7)
I teach HSSM71: Teaching and Learning (Level 7).

I also supervise dissertation students on:

Research interests for potential research students

I have experience accomplishing various kinds of research, including clinical trials, cross-sectional studies, cohort and observational studies, case studies, ethnography, phenomenology, content analysis, co-design research, mixed methods, systematic review literature and meta-analysis.

My main interest topics are health inequities among vulnerable groups, women, domestic violence and IPV, children, and ethnic minorities.


My main research concentrations are trans-cultural caring, ethnography, cultural intelligence, domestic violence and IPV, and health enquiry among minorities, women, and immigrants.


Number of items: 17.


Cassidy, Kathryn, Amiri, Rana and Davidson, Jill (2023) Reading for refusal in UK maternity care: entangling struggles for border and reproductive justice. Fennia - International Journal of Geography, 201 (2). pp. 200-214. ISSN 1798-5617

Kotzur, Marie, Amiri, Rana, Gatting, Lauren, Robb, Katie, Ling, Jonathan, Mooney, John and Christie-de Jong, Floor (2023) Adapting participatory workshops to a virtual setting: Co-design with Muslim women of a faith-based intervention to encourage cancer screening uptake. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 22. ISSN 1609-4069

Christie-de Jong, Floor, Kotzur, Marie, Amiri, Rana, Ling, Jonathan, Mooney, John and Robb, Katie (2022) A qualitative evaluation of a co-designed faith-based intervention for Muslim women in Scotland to encourage uptake of breast, colorectal and cervical cancer screening. BMJ Open, 12 (e05873). ISSN 2044-6055

Moshtagh, Mozhgan, Amiri, Rana, Sharafi, Simin and Arab-Zozani, Morteza (2021) Intimate Partner Violence in the Middle East Region: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. p. 152483802110360. ISSN 1524-8380

Moshtagh, Mozghan, Jila, Mirlashari and Rana, Amiri (2021) Global collaboration and social practices to mitigate impacts of COVID-19 in the world: a lived experience of infecting. Qualitative Social Work, 20 (1-2). pp. 366-374. ISSN 1741-3117

Moshtagh, Mozhgan and Amiri, Rana (2020) Role of Zinc Supplementation in the Improvement of Acute Respiratory Infections among Iranian Children: A Systematic Review. Tanaffos, 19 (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1735-0344

Farhat, Ahmadshah, Shafiee, Mojtaba, Mohammadzadeh, Ashraf, Saeidi, Reza, Amiri, Rana and Ghayour-Mobarhan, Majid (2019) Association of Neonatal Asphyxia With Serum Levels of Heat Shock Protein 27 in a Small Sample of Newborns. ACTA MEDICA IRANICA, 57 (5). pp. 303-307. ISSN 0044-6025

Amiri, Rana, King, Kathryn, Heydari, Abbas, Dehghan-Nayeri, Nahid and Vedadhir, Abu Ali (2018) Health-Seeking Behavior of Afghan Women Immigrants: An Ethnographic Study. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. ISSN 1043-6596

Amiri, Rana, King, Kathryn and Abass, Heydari (2018) Health-Seeking Behavior of Afghan Women Immigrants: An Ethnographic Study. J Transcult Nurs, 30 (1). pp. 47-54.

Amiri, Rana and Heydari, Abbas (2017) Nurses' Experiences of Caring for Patients with Different Cultures in Mashhad, Iran. Iranian journal of nursing and midwifery research, 22 (3). pp. 232-236. ISSN 1735-9066

Heydari, Abbas, Amiri, Rana, Nayeri, Nahid Dehghan and AboAli, Vedadhir (2016) Afghan refugees’ experience of Iran’s health service delivery. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 9 (2). pp. 75-85. ISSN 2056-4902

Amiri, Rana, Heydari, Abbas, Dehghan-Nayeri, Nahid, Vedadhir, Abou Ali and Kareshki, Hosein (2015) Challenges of Transcultural Caring Among Health Workers in Mashhad-Iran: A Qualitative Study. Global journal of health science, 8 (7). pp. 203-11. ISSN 1916-9736

Farhat, Ahmadshah, Ghasemi, Mohammad Mehdi, Akhondian, Javad, Mohammadzadeh, Ashraf, Esmaeili, Habibollah, Amiri, Rana, Raoof Saeb, Ali Asqar, Tale, Mohammad Reza and Madani Sani, Faezeh (2015) Comparative Study of Hearing Impairment among Healthy and Intensive Care unit Neonates in Mashhad, North East Iran. Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 27 (4(81)). pp. 273-277. ISSN 2251-7251

Conference or Workshop Item

Christie-de Jong, Floor, Kotzur, Marie, Amiri, Rana, Ling, Jonathan and Robb, Kathryn A. (2023) Using a participatory approach to encourage uptake of breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer screening for Scottish Muslim women: a pilot qualitative study. In: The Lancet UK Public Health Science conference, 24 Nov 2023, Chadwick Court, London.

Amiri, Rana, Giles, Karen and Ling, Jonathan (2023) The impact of the me, myself and autism programme on adult autism having access to the service, in terms of the benefits and challenges/issues they encounter. In: SSM Annual Scientific Meeting, 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, 06-08 Sep 2023, University of Newcastle.

Jarrar, Rawand, Robb, Katie, Kotzur, Marie, Ling, Jonathan, Amiri, Rana, McConnachie, Alex, Padela, Aasim, Sadiq, Cerysh, Marlow, Laura, Black, Anna, Sattar, Zeibeda, Wearn, Angela, Waqar, Salman, Ashley, Laura and Christie-de Jong, Floor (2023) Improving uptake of breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening among Muslim women: protocol for a non-randomised feasibility study of a peer-led, faith-based intervention (IMCAN project). In: Society for Social medicine and Population health Annual Conference 2023, 6-8 September 2023, Newcastle upon Tyne. (In Press)

Christie-de Jong, Floor, Ling, Jonathan, Kotzur, Marie, Amiri, Rana, Padela, Aasim, Sadiq, Cerysh, Marlow, Laura, Black, Anna, Sattar, Zeb, Wearn, Angela, Neilson, Fergus and Robb, Katie (2022) Improving uptake of breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening among Muslim women: a non-randomised feasibility study of a peer-led, faith-based intervention. In: Black in Cancer, 10-11 October 2022, London.

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Last updated 28 February 2024