Nikhil is a Lecturer at the University of Essex. His research explores how we can reduce non-communicable diseases (particularly, cancers, diabetes, chronic lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases) and the associated health inequalities through effective use law and legal instruments. Nikhil’s work conflates public health and local, national and international law through tackling the risk factors of unhealthy diets, excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco use, exposure to air pollution and other commercial determinants of health. His primary area of expertise is the regulation of front-of-pack nutrition labelling.
Nikhil is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and has published widely in both peer-reviewed journals and non-academic publications. Nikhil regularly works with governments, charities and other non-governmental organisations at national and international levels as part of his advisory and consultancy work (such as WHO and its regional offices, UNICEF, UK Pubic Health Network). He has received funding from a number of organisations, including the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.
Nikhil is or has been a member of several national committees on health policy, including three committees at the Royal College of Physicians (including its Working Party on Air Pollution), two committees at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (including its Appeal Panel), the National Institute for Health Research, and most recently to the Secretary of State for Transport's Honorary Medical Advisory Panel (by ministerial appointment). Before moving to Essex, Nikhil worked at the University of Liverpool, where he was Deputy Director of the Law & Non-Communicable Diseases Unit, and he now sits on its Advisory Board. He is Vice President of the Law Section of the European Public Health Association; and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.
At Essex, Nikhil is the Co-ordinator of the Business Law Cluster and the Convener of the Faculty Hub on Medical Humanities. He is module director for Contract Law, and also lectures Consumer Law and Commercial Law. In 2021/22, he will launch a postgraduate module on 'Law and the Commercial Determinants of Health'.