Press release

University of Lincoln Professor joins NatCen’s Board of Trustees

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has expanded the expertise of its Board with the appointment of new Trustee, Sundari Anitha.
  • Publishing date:
    17 July 2023

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has expanded the expertise of its Board with the appointment of new Trustee, Sundari Anitha. NatCen’s Board of Trustees support the organisation in the delivery of its strategic plans and development to carry out high quality, independent social research to improve society.

Sundari Anitha

Sundari Anitha is Professor of Gender, Violence and Work at the University of Lincoln. Her research interests lie in two areas: the problem of violence against women and girls (VAWG) including domestic violence, forced marriage, sexual violence and gender-based violence in university communities; and gender, race and ethnicity in employment relations. She has published three books, and more than sixty journal articles, research reports and book chapters across these two research areas.

She is a trustee of Asha (a ‘by and for’ domestic abuse service for South Asian women), Associate Editor of Women’s Studies International Forum and serves on the editorial boards of Violence Against Women and British Journal of Criminology. She has previously managed a Women’s Aid refuge and been engaged in activism and policymaking to tackle VAWG for over two decades. Anitha was also a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 Sociology sub panel.

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of NatCen’s Board of Trustees says: “NatCen has over 50 years’ experience of listening to the public, understanding the complexity of people’s lives and giving the public a powerful voice in shaping decisions and services that make a difference to everyone. I am pleased to welcome Sundari Anitha to NatCen’s Board of Trustees. She brings valuable experience from her research on gender and violence, working in particularly sensitive areas, which provides an excellent addition to NatCen as the organisation continues to grow.”

Sundari Anitha, Professor at the University of Lincoln says: “I have been familiar with NatCen’s work for as long as I have been a researcher and have turned to the evidence they have gathered to convey to my students and readers the reality of people’s lives in the UK. What drives me in my own research on violence against women and workers’ rights is to understand people’s experiences in order to make a change. I am therefore delighted to be joining NatCen’s Board of Trustees to support their strategy of ‘Making Life Better’ through social research.”


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Notes to editors:

  • The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), Britain’s largest independent social research organisation, aims to promote a better-informed society through high quality social research (
  • NatCen’s Making Life Better Strategy can be found at