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Kiran Kaur Manku

DPhil Student of Clinical Medicine

Kiran is a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) Candidate in Clinical Medicine at the NDM Centre for Global Health Research. Her project investigates the intersection of ethics, public policy, health systems, and mental health. Prior to this, she worked in the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry researching the ethics of diagnosis, prevention, and interventions relating to psychiatric and developmental disorders across low-resource settings. Alongside Kiran’s academic work she Co-Found and Co-Chair’s the 1928 Institute, a University of Oxford spin-out to research and engage the subcontinent’s diaspora in the UK. In this role, she conducts empirical research, holds events with the diverse community, and engages with Number 10, Parliamentarians, and senior civil servants.


MSc International Development, University of Birmingham, 2017

BSc Psychology with Year Abroad in Medical Anthropology, University of Birmingham, 2016


Co-founder & Co-Chair, The 1928 Institute, University of Oxford spin-out, 2019-present.

Research Assistant for Policy Engagement, UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator, University of              Oxford, 2021 - 2022.

Research Assistant, Global Initiative in Neuropsychiatric Ethics, University of Oxford, 2017-2022.

Research Fellow, Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, Birmingham, 2018.

Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, Birmingham, 2016-2017.


What good mental healthcare policy should look like in contexts with a pluriverse of conceptions of wellbeing. This project adopts a three-phase methodology with India and Ghana as case studies to facilitate south-south learning and capacity building. Phase I is an evaluation of current mental healthcare policy and practice across the spectrum of mental healthcare provisions. Phase II is community engagement to capture local understandings of mental health, wellbeing, and mental healthcare preferences. Phase II comprises of a normative analysis to form policy and practice recommendations in each context.