Mahima Mitra

Mahima Mitra

Postdoctoral Researcher, Systems Change and Integration


Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Mahima's research interests lie in the field of public policy and management, specifically the consequences of government policy on public sector services within healthcare and education.

At Saïd Business School, Mahima works as a researcher with Dr Eleanor Murray on understanding how large-scale systems change is implemented in the context of recent UK Government policy shifts towards the integration of health and social care services. She also works with Professor Sue Dopson on research examining the professional identity development of young GPs amidst the emerging GP workforce crisis in England, and related policy imperatives.

Mahima’s professional experience includes a stint as a Qualitative Researcher at the World Bank, a University Lectureship in Human Development & Childhood Studies at the University of Delhi, India, and various Research Assistant positions within the University of Oxford including at the Oxford Learning Institute (higher education policy) and the European Studies Centre (healthcare reforms and its implications for accountability).

Mahima completed her MPhil and DPhil in Social Policy from the Department of Social Policy & Intervention at the University of Oxford and was funded through the Kokil Pathak Scholarship at Exeter College. Her doctoral research won the Best Student Paper Award at the 22nd EECERA Conference (the largest early years’ research conference in Europe) in 2012. She also holds a BSc (Distinction, University of Delhi Award) and MSc (Distinction, University of Delhi Gold Medal) in Human Development & Childhood Studies from the University of Delhi, India.

Alongside her role at Saïd Business School, Mahima is a Research Associate at Green Templeton College.


Mahima's research work has been wide-ranging.

Her doctoral work looked at the impact (operationalised as ‘take-up’ and ‘utilization’) of two public sector initiatives in the field of early childhood development in India on low-income working mothers – the multi-sectoral Integrated Child Development Services scheme, and the Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche scheme.

Mahima’s work on this largely neglected subject in the Indian context indicated that the key to increasing utilization of the country’s public-sector programmes lies in enhancing quality, investing in resources, and strengthening the legal-policy context within which these initiatives are implemented.

When working at the European Studies Centre (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford), Mahima studied how recent welfare reforms reshape the balance between traditional and new forms of public accountability within healthcare in England and Germany.

During her time at the Oxford Learning Institute (University of Oxford), she worked on a study mapping the academic trajectories and identity development of early career researchers in the STEM, Humanities and Social Scientists, and key implications for Higher Education Policy.

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Mahima is motivated to undertake research that can translate into practice.

As a temporary consultant working on a pro bono basis with the Oxford County Council, Mahima helped evaluate the effectiveness of the Universal Credit Scheme by analysing whether the availability of support services increased employment among those on housing benefits in the Oxfordshire county. She was also interviewed & quoted by The Guardian (5 June 2016) on this piece of work.


Mahima’s teaching includes both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

She has taught undergraduates as a Lecturer in Human Development and Childhood Studies at the University of Delhi (2008), and as a Tutor in Social Policy at the University of Oxford (2011 to 12, 2015).

At the postgraduate level, Mahima has lectured on qualitative research methods for Saïd Business School’s Diploma in Organisational Leadership programme (2017), as well as tutored on the Global Opportunities and Threats: The Future of Healthcare module, which is part of the MBA programme (2018). 

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