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University of Exeter Business School

Dr Esmaeil Khedmati Morasae

Dr Esmaeil Khedmati Morasae

Research Fellow in Policy and Complex Systems

 01326 214365

 Stella Turk Building 


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE


I am coming from a population health background, focusing on how social/commercial factors and policies influence distribution of health and disease across social groups in populations. This thread of thought led me to studies on social systems and how they influences health and wellbeing at individual and population levels. I found complex system theories quite interesting in understanding the social systems.

As a result, I did my PhD in Complex Systems Science where I learned the ways we can use systems thinking approaches in design, implementation, and evaluation of complex interventions where the complex fabric of a social dynamic system is addressed.

After my PhD, I worked at Institute of Population Health Sciences in Liverpool University where we used complex systems approaches to evaluate and implement couple of social interventions aimed to improve wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.

I joined Exeter University Business School from June 2019 to work on a fascinating project, called The Inclusivity Project, which aims to use complex systems science to map, understand, and change the system of employment at SME levels to make it more inclusive for old people, disabled people, and people with long term health conditions in Cornwall, South West of UK.


  • MSc (Social Sciences)
  • MPhil (Public Health)
  • PhD (Complex Systems Science)

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Research interests

  • Complex Systems
  • Systems Thinking
  • Public Health
  • Social/Commercial Determinants of Health
  • Healthy Workplace
  • Policy Studies
  • System Dynamics
  • Agent-Based Modelling
  • Data Science
  • Evaluation methods
  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
  • Systematic Reviews

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Journal articles

Shadi Y, Lotfi MH, Nedjat S, Amini Rarani M, Khedmati Morasae E (2018). Explaining Unequal Levels of Social Capital in Tehran. Social Indicators Research, 140(1), 243-265. Abstract.
Omani-Samani R, Amini Rarani M, Sepidarkish M, Khedmati Morasae E, Maroufizadeh S, Almasi-Hashiani A (2018). Socioeconomic inequality of unintended pregnancy in the Iranian population: a decomposition approach. BMC Public Health, 18(1). Abstract.

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  • Quantitative Research Methodologies
  • Complex Systems Methods

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