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Rinita Dam

PhD, MSc, BSc. (Hons)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Responsible Research and Innovation

Rinita Dam is currently working on a project that supports structural change in research organisations to promote Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).  Structural Transformation to Attain Responsible BIOSciences (STARBIOS2) project is based on the RRI model that consists of five key themes: Societal Engagement, Gender, Education, Open Access, and Ethics. Rinita is a member of the Buchan Group on RRI based at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Prior to her current role, Rinita has worked on a variety of health management projects as a postdoctoral researcher.  At the University of Manchester, within the School of Health Sciences, Rinita has worked as a qualitative researcher on an evaluation programme study that focused on enhancing understanding of the new health care commissioning system in England.  Still at the University of Manchester, Rinita proceeded to work on a project, within the Health e-Research Centre, that evaluated the effectiveness of a childhood obesity awareness-raising intervention aimed at parents in Manchester. Findings from a recent evaluation of the effectiveness of a childhood obesity awareness-raising intervention aimed at parents in Manchester, have been published in a recent government committee report and positively referenced in one of the recommendations to government.

Rinita Dam has a background in Biomedical Sciences and Global Public Health, with a placement year at Pfizer pharmaceuticals.  She has a Master’s degree in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and for her dissertation, she carried out quantitative analysis on primary data regarding the risk factors for entering sex work for women living in poverty in Mbeya, Tanzania. Following this, she studied for a PhD (which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) at the University of Birmingham, examining the impact of HIV and AIDS on 59 women and men from Kolkata, India, with regards to personal coping strategies and accessing treatment and support services.  Data was collected through semi-structured interviews.