Darja Irdam is Research Director for the Health Policy Research team at NatCen.
She is a sociological and public health researcher, with a range of experience in a variety of methodologies and expertise. She specialises in the fields of political economy of public health, gender, health behaviour, addiction, and social inequalities.
Darja is currently leading projects such as Contextual Analysis of Refugee Resettlement commissioned by the Home Office, the Food and You project investigating nutritional behavior across the UK by the Food Standards Agency, an evaluation project of a community care pilot for the London Borough of Newham, Rules of Origin for the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), and a project on performance management systems for the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).
Darja has extensive experience in healthcare research. Before joining NatCen, she worked on the multilevel retrospective cohort survey PrivMort. Funded by the European Research Council (ERC), this survey analysed the impact of healthcare and other socio-economic policies on unprecedented mortality increase, alcohol consumption and health-behaviour across several developing states.
Darja is a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and holds a PhD and an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge.