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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 worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Birmingham City University where she was involved in a number of health-related projects.  For example, conducting an integrative review investigating effective and meaningful engagement of older people in health care interventions using co-methodologies.  In addition, conducting a qualitative literature review investigating the barriers and facilitators in accessing primary, secondary and tertiary health care services amongst refugees in high-income countries.  

From October 2015 to August 2016, Rinita has worked as a Research Associate with Health Policy, Politics and Organisations (HiPPO) Research Group within the School of Health Sciences.  She has worked as a qualitative researcher on one project: a Department of Health Reform Evaluation Programme study focused on enhancing understanding of the new health care commissioning system in England.  Still at the University of Manchester, Rinita went on to working 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.  She has a Master’s degree 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 an Economic and Social Research Council funded PhD 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.



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