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Nisha Shah

Nisha Shah

Nisha Shah

MSc, BSc


Researcher in Social Science

Nisha is a mixed-methods Researcher in Social Science at Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX) at University of Oxford. Nisha is currently involved in 3 projects:

  1. The IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) funded European DIRECT (Diabetes Research on Patient Stratification) consortium project, which is investigating personalised medicine for Type II diabetes. Nisha is exploring DIRECT participants’ perspectives on data sharing in biomedical research, in particular regarding data they have donated. This work will underpin the data governance strategy for the future management of the DIRECT datasets.
  2. The Wellcome Trust funded Public Engagement for Biobanking Research (aka Waiting Room Project). Nisha is PI for this project which explores the public’s understanding of biobanking research and key ethical implications of donating biological materials and clinical data to biobanks. Survey data has been collected at specialist outpatient clinics, GP surgeries and a biobank in Oxford.
  3. The Nordforsk funded Cyberhealth Project. Collaborating with colleagues in Norway, Sweden, and Iceland, this is a three year project outlining current and future mechanisms that govern the acquisition, sharing, and use of health data across different cyber contexts. Applying Helen Nissenbaum’s theory of contextual integrity, this project will engage with the public in these four European countries. The project has multiple arms incorporating legal analysis of data breach cases and governance mechanisms, and qualitative and discrete choice experiment methodology to understand perceptions about cybersecurity and the transition of health data between different contexts.  

Nisha has a background in Psychology with a varied career in healthcare delivery research, and is interested in data stewardship and sharing challenges in research and healthcare.