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Sarah Akhtar Baz
Qualitative Research Fellow



Sarah joined the Health Sciences department (York Trials Unit) in August 2021 as a qualitative research fellow after completing her PhD study at The University of Sheffield, Department of Sociological Studies. The PhD focused on the lived experiences of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim lone mothers, intersectionality and the support provided by South Asian women's organisations (funder: ESRC). Sarah has expertise in working with qualitative research methods (interviews, observations, longitudinal studies), marginalised populations and on sensitive research topics. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Born in Bradford, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Sarah is also a Guest Lecturer. She has delivered guest lectures at The University of Sheffield, Department of Sociological Studies in the following areas: sociology of religion, parenting in British Muslim families, Sociology of 'race', migration and multiculturalism module (Islamophobia and Intersectionality lectures). 


  • PhD Sociology, University of Sheffield (2021)
  • MA Social Research, University of Sheffield (2017)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sheffield (2016)



Areas of expertise and interests:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Sensitive research topics
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Lived experiences
  • Sociology of family
  • South Asian Muslim women and mothers


  • CONVALESCENCE: Characterisation, determinants, mechanisms and consequences of the long-term effects of COVID-19: providing the evidence base for health care services (2021-2024). Research fellow on the qualitative component of the study
  • BioDriveAFS - an RCT investigating the impact of a biomarker driven Antifungal Stewardship strategy on antifungal drug use and health related quality of life for patients with acute leukaemia

Research group(s)


Selected publications

  • Baz, S. A., Fang, C. and Sheard, L. (January 2023) Long COVID: here’s what it’s like trying to access healthcare for the condition. The Conversation [Online].
  • Baz, S. A., Fang, C., Carpentieri, J.D. and Sheard, L. (2022) I don't know what to do or where to go’. Experiences of accessing healthcare support from the perspectives of people living with Long Covid and healthcare professionals: A qualitative study in Bradford, UK. Health Expectations [Online].
  • Baz. S. A. (November 2021) The Power of Language: Using translation to give voice to Pakistani and Bangladeshi lone mothers. The Sociological Review [Online]. 
  • Baz, S. A. (2021) Marginalised Mothers: The Everyday Struggles of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim Lone Mothers. Sociological Studies Blog [Online]. 
  • Baz, S. A. (2020). Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim lone mothers: Exploring lived experiences, intersectionality and support provided by South Asian women's organisations. The University of Sheffield. Unpublished Thesis. Unpublished Thesis

Full publications list



Department of Health Sciences, University of York: Health Research in Practice module tutor (academic year 2022-23), MA dissertation supervision.

Contact details

Dr Sarah Baz
Qualitative Research Fellow