Background and activities

Mirza Balaj holds a PhD in Sociology. She is the Research Coordinator of Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN). The mission of CHAIN is to create a global transformation in actionable health inequalities research. Dr. Balaj has been contributing to this mission over the last 7 years through data collection from all world regions, research, recommendation to national and international policymaking bodies and dissemination to the larger public. Her research interest is to explore how health outcomes are shaped by the interaction of socioeconomic position and social structural forces. Currently in her research she is exploring the association between education and mortality globally.  The aim is to provide the first systematic global evidence on the impact education on all-cause and cause-specific mortality including COVID-19 mortality. Her research is published in leading journals such as The Lancet, Sociology of Health and Illness, Social Theory and Health and European Journal of Public Health.



Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database


  • Timar, Eszter; Gromada, Anna; Rees, Gwyther; Carraro, Alessandro; Richardson, Dominic; Olsson, E. Gunilla A; Little, Celine; Rams, Dagna; Villanger, Gro Dehli; Quattrini, Nicole; Huijts, Timothy Hubertus Maria; Balaj, Mirza; Eikemo, Terje Andreas; Winterton, Adriano; Karsten, Lia; Kolebinov, Isabelle; Leventhal, Tama; Morrison, Jamie; Sanson, Ann; Schubert, Jonas; Sripada, Kam. (2022) Places and Spaces: Environments and children’s well-being, UNICEF Innocenti Report Card 17. 2022. ISBN 9788865220641.