Dr. Faraz Vahid Shahidi is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He is also an assistant professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Shahidi has a PhD in social and behavioural health sciences from the University of Toronto and an MPhil in comparative social policy from the University of Oxford. Prior to his current position, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Work & Health.
Shahidi is a social epidemiologist with interdisciplinary training in public health, social policy and political economy. His research examines the social and economic determinants of population health, with a focus on the role that societal conditions play in shaping the health and safety of working people. Some of his specific areas of interest include: the health effects of precarious employment; the impact of labour market policies on population health and health equity; the contribution of working conditions to social inequalities in health; and the structural determinants of occupational injury and illness.
“Work is integral to virtually every aspect of our lives. Work is also a major driver of social inequality in our society. Policies that improve the availability and quality of employment are therefore key to improving population health and reducing health inequalities. With this in mind, my research aims to better understand the role of work as a social determinant of health.” – Dr. Faraz Shahidi