Dr Natalie Darko is an Associate Professor at the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre. Prior to this role, she was a Research Fellow and Academic Research Lead at the NIHR Applied Research Collaborative (ARC) East Midlands Centre for Ethnic Health. She was also a Senior Lecturer of Sociology for eleven years at Nottingham Trent University.
Dr Darko is an experienced academic and researcher and has been working in higher education for over 15 years, leading on national and international research exploring health inequalities, ethnicity and race.
She has completed various research projects for public, private and voluntary sector organisations including the Antigua and Barbuda Ministries of Education and Sport, the International Olympic Committee, Sport England, NIHR, Bangladesh Youth & Cultural Shomiti Centre, DEFRA, Leicester City Council, Leicester City Commissioning Group, the Academic Health Sciences Network, Genomics England, the NHS and Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO).
Natalie specialises in research and practice that addresses equality, equity, diversity and inclusion of ethnic minority groups in the UK. She has extensive experience in supporting researchers and health practitioners on how to capture the seldom heard voices of ethnic minority groups, and how to work collaboratively to inform equitable health and research practice.
Natalie currently works across a broad portfolio of research within social, health and clinical sciences of which her current research projects focus on;
- Experiencing maternity care during the SARS-CoV-2 Covid-19 Pandemic: the access, care and support provided to women from black and ethnic minority groups in the UK.
- Type 2 Diabetes in 18-45yr olds (Millennials to Middle Age: A Multifactorial Intervention to Address Multimorbidity (NIHR).
- SARS -CoV- 2 Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the Impact to Teaching, Learning and Wellbeing for Secondary Students in Leicester City (Leicester City Council).
- Type 2 diabetes self-management amongst adults of black African and African Caribbean ethnicity.
- Social constructions of the NHS: perceptions and experiences of ethnic minority groups in the UK.