Ms Priya Davda

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My research interests and experience span across sociology, socio-technology, psychodynamics, organisational leadership development, sustainability and multi-disciplinary ways of working. My work has predominantly focused on health and social care, telecare/telehealth, reproductive and genetic technologies, kinship/family, gender/sexuality, ‘race’/ethnicity, professions and professional development. I enjoy using traditional and innovative methods in reflexive, inclusive and participatory ways.

My doctoral research was an ethnographic study exploring the organisation of donor-recipient matching in UK egg donation where I utilised theoretical frameworks of (bio)medicalisation, stratification and racialisation to understand the clinic-mediated matching process in egg donation, with particular emphasis on their application in the context of UK.

I have been a researcher and consultant at the Bayswater Institute since 2011, where I have sought to integrate socio-technology, organisational (psycho)dynamics and action research approaches through the use of multiple methods. Projects that I have worked on alongside my PhD include: patients’ decision-making in obtaining primary care in a context of high population churn, the evaluation of Care Navigators working with elderly patients and patients with complex conditions, action research into public awareness of cervical cancer and testing, the use of telecare in reducing relapse rates amongst recovering drug and alcohol users, the use of Family Group Conferencing in working with vulnerable BME families and evaluation of the adoption process for BME children in care. I am a member of staff on the Bayswater Institute’s ‘Wisdom in Groups’ conference, an immersive and experiential group relations event enabling delegates insight into unconscious individual, group and organisational dynamics and the ability to practically apply this knowledge to everyday work situations.


Educational background

PhD in Sociology, Royal Holloway, University of London
2008 → 2018

MSc Medical Sociology, Royal Holloway, University of London
2007 → 2008

BA Philosophy and Sociology (Joint Hons), University of Reading
2002 → 2005


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