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Sociology: People


Feyza Bhatti

Feyza Bhatti
Feyza Bhatti
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)7531675411

Thesis Overview

My research is concerned with the contemporary rapid fertility transition in Pakistan. Utilising secondary data from two Demographic and Health Surveys of Pakistan and semi-structured interviews conducted with young women, their mothers, mothers-in-law and husbands in Punjab, my study inquires into intergenerational change in fertility preferences and behaviour of two generations of women, and the economic and social changes underpinning this change with a specific focus on transformations in conjugal and intergenerational relationships and reproductive agency of women in central Punjab, Pakistan.  



Professor Roger Jeffery, Sociology

Professor John MacInnes, Sociology


Educational Background

MS in Economics, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus (2004)

BA in Economics, Bilkent University, Turkey (1997) 



Journal Articles

2012:  Feyza Bhatti and Roger Jeffery. 'Girls' schooling and transition to marriage and motherhood: exploring the pathways to young women's reproductive agency in Pakistan.' Comparative Education, 48, 2: 149-166.

2011:  Nidhi Singal, Feyza Bhatti with Rabea Malik. Counting the invisible:  understanding the lives of people  with disabilities in Pakistan.' Disability and Rehabilitation 33, 11: 908-921.

2006:   Feyza Bhatti and Shazra Murad. 'Health Conditions and Service Delivery in South Asia'. South Asian Journal, 14: 8-24. (Reprinted in a book- SAPANA: South Asian Studies, Volume XIII: 357-379)

2005:   Fatma Güven Lisaniler and Feyza Bhatti. 'Determinants of female labour force participation: A study of North Cyprus.' Review of Social, Economic & Business Studies, Vol.5/6, 209-226.

Chapters in Edited Books

2012:   Roger Jeffery, Feyza Bhatti, Patricia Jeffery & Claire Noronha, 'Girls' schooling and women's autonomy in South Asia: revisiting old debates with new data from India and Pakistan.' Pp. 16-35 in Education Outcomes and Poverty in the South: A Reassessment, (ed) Christopher Colclough, Routledge, London.

2012:  Nidhi Singal, Feyza Bhatti, Shehryar Janjua, with Neeru Sood. 'Outcomes for young people with disabilities: Increased expectations but unrealised gains in South Asia.' Pp. 55-73 in Education Outcomes and Poverty in the South: A Reassessment, (ed) Christopher Colclough, Routledge, London.

2012:  Feyza Bhatti and the RECOUP team, 'RECOUP Household Surveys.' Pp. 195-207 in Education Outcomes and Poverty in the South: A Reassessment, (ed) Christopher Colclough, Routledge, London.

2004:  Feyza Bhatti. 'Gender Equality in Northern Cyprus Labor Market: A Benchmarking Analysis of Northern Cyprus and The European Union Candidate Countries.' Pp.15-46  in Women in Working Life in North Cyprus, (ed.) Yıldız Ecevit, Nicosia: Turkish Cypriot Association of University Women. (Also published in Turkish)

Working Papers

2011:  Feyza Bhatti. ˜The RECOUP Household Surveys: Methods, Implementation and Some Results', RECOUP Working Paper #41.

2011:   Feyza Bhatti, Rabea Malik and Arif Naveed. 'Insights from a quantitative Survey in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.', RECOUP Working Paper #39.

2009:   Nidhi Singal and Feyza Bhatti with Rabea Malik. 'Counting the invisible: understanding the lives of people with disabilities in Pakistan.' RECOUP Working Paper # 23.

Conference Papers and Presentations

2012:   Feyza Bhatti. 'Negotiating reproduction: Transforming familial relationships and reproductive agency of women in central Punjab, Pakistan.' [Paper submitted for discussion]. South Asian Anthropologists' Group Workshop, 4-6 September 2012. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

2012:   Feyza Bhatti. 'Negotiating reproduction: Transforming familial relationships and reproductive agency of women in central Punjab, Pakistan.' [Presentation]. 22nd European conference for South Asian Studies, 25-28 July 2012. ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal.

2011:   Feyza Bhatti.' Fertility Transition and Intergenerational Relationships in Pakistan: cooperation, conflict or ambivalence?' [Paper submitted for discussion]. 5th European PhD Workshop in South Asian Studies, 22-24 September 2011. Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud, Paris, France. 

2009:   Feyza Bhatti and Roger Jeffery. 'Education's Role in Health and Fertility Change in Pakistan.' [Presentation]. 10th UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development, 14-17 September 2009. University of Oxford, UK.

2009:   Feyza Bhatti. 'Intergenerational Factors in Fertility Transitions in Pakistan: A Mixed Methods Approach.' [Presentation]. New Directions Conference, 21-22 May 2009. University of Edinburgh.

2008:   Feyza Bhatti, 'Key Findings from RECOUP Survey on Outcomes of Education' [Presentation], Dissemination seminar of RECOUP, July 13 2007, Islamabad.

2006:   Özgür Aldemir and Feyza Bhatti. 'Glass Ceiling in Academia: A study of Turkish Universities'. Paper presented by co-author, 2nd International Conference on Women Studies, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus, 27-28th April 2006. 

2003:   Feyza Bhatti, Daud Munir and Umara Afsar. 'Accelerating Fertility Transition in Pakistan: A Benchmarking Analysis for South Asia.' Published in Population Research & Policy Development in Pakistan, 4th Conference Proceedings, 9-11th December 2003, Faisalabad, pp.159-182.

Background papers for international reports

I prepared various background papers- on topics related to gender and labour market, children and women's health, HIV/AIDS, gender and human security, gender and poverty-  for Human Development in South Asia reports for years 2003-07. Full reports are downloadable at


Other Involvement and Affiliations

I am an associate fellow of Mahbub-ul-Haq Human Development Centre, Lahore.

I was associated with the Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP) during 2005-2010. RECOUP was a partnership of seven institutions from UK and four developing countries - Kenya, Ghana, India and Pakistan - coordinated by the University of Cambridge and funded by DFID ( I acted as the project leader for Health and Fertility Study in Pakistan and also worked closely with the Disability, Education and Poverty Project team.