Priya Davda

Dr. Priya Davda is the CEO the Bayswater Institute. Priya has over 17 years of experience in research, evaluation and consultancy, having designed, led and co-produced projects across the public, private and third sector, and has particular expertise in the fields of healthcare, social care, race/ethnicity and gender. Priya has substantial experience in research, evaluation and organisational consultancy. She integrates systemic, socio-technical and psychological approaches enabling clients to work with complexity, whether to evaluate impact, (re)design services or implement digital technologies, utilising traditional and innovative methods in inclusive, collaborative and inter-disciplinary ways. 

She runs the Bayswater Institute’s flagship ‘Wisdom in Groups’ (WiG) conference, an immersive and experiential group relations event designed for senior leaders. WiG works with groups to explore what happens under the surface when people collaborate to recognise and work with the powerful informal, unspoken, hidden dynamics which impact the effectiveness of all groups, and to practically apply this knowledge to everyday work situations. 

Priya holds a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London and an MSc in Medical Sociology.  

I enjoy using both traditional and innovative methods in inclusive, participatory, inter-disciplinary and reflexive ways and am passionate about working with individuals, groups and organisation to understand and address their needs. I have worked on projects within public, private and third sector organisations and collaborated with a variety of stakeholders, including commissioners, policy makers, senior management, front-line workers and local communities.

I have experience in utilising a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, such as interviews, focus groups, ethnography, Rich Pictures, Imagine, BECM (Being, Engaging, Contextualising and Managing) and am experienced in the use of SPSS (statistical package for social sciences) for quantitative analysis. I seek to integrate systemic, socio-technical and psychodynamic principals when working with clients to enable them to work with complexity. I am a staff member on the Bayswater Institute’s ‘Wisdom in Groups’ conference, an immersive and experiential group relations event, which enables delegates insight into unconscious individual, group and organisational dynamics and the ability to practically apply this knowledge to everyday work situations.

My PhD was an ethnographic study of 2 private fertility clinics in the UK through which I explored the allocation of donor gametes to infertile couples. I utilised frameworks of (bio)medicalisation, stratification and racialisation to explain the organisation of donor-recipient matching (donor allocation) within the UK context of reproductive technologies.

Some of the projects that I have worked on and managed include:

  • Research into patients’ decisions making in obtaining primary care
  • Evaluation of the emerging role of care navigators in health and social care for patients with complex conditions
  • Action research into public awareness of cervical cancer and testing
  • Evaluation of the use of digital technology in reducing relapse rates for recovering drug and alcohol users
  • Evaluation of the use of Family Group Conferencing in working with vulnerable ethnic minority ethnic families
  • Research into the adoption process for ethnic minority children in care 
  • Evaluation of experiential learning projects for the construction industry