Priya Davda

Dr. Priya Davda is a senior consultant at the Bayswater Institute. Priya has over 15 years of experience in research, evaluation and training and holds a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London, an MSc in Medical Sociology and a first-class BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Sociology. She joined the Institute in 2011. 

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