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 working on the The IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) funded European DIRECT (Diabetes Research on Patient Stratification) project, which is investigating personalised medicine for Type II diabetes. Nisha is exploring DIRECT project participants’ perspectives on data sharing in biomedical and genomic research, in particular regarding genetic and clinical data they have donated. This work will contribute to the data governance strategy for the future management of the DIRECT datasets. Nisha is the PI for the Wellcome Trust funded Public Engagement for Biobanking Research (aka Waiting Room Project), which explores the public’s understanding of donating data for biomedical research and key ethical considerations in biobanking. Finally, Nisha is collaborating with colleagues from Norway, Sweden and Iceland on the Nordforsk funded Cyberhealth Project. This project will outline current and future mechanisms that govern the acquisition, sharing, and use of health data across different contexts in cyberspace. The project also aims to understand public and expert stakeholders’ perceptions about cybersecurity and the transition of health data between different contexts.
Nisha has a background in Psychology and healthcare research, and is interested in: understanding how to optimise health and care data use, investigating health data stewardship and sharing challenges in medical research and healthcare, and facilitating engagement of patients and public about their health data.