Nikita has worked with The SHM Foundation since 2015. She is interested in the way participatory co-design methodologies can be used to develop better health and mental health systems, particularly for young people. She is currently leading the replication of the Zumbido Health Model in new populations and geographies across Southern Africa. Nikita is also a co-founder of The SHM Foundation’s Ember initiative, where she loves developing creative tools to support innovators.
Nikita is completing her PhD in Anthropology at London School of Economics, where she conducted ethnographic fieldwork on women’s mental health and wellbeing in rural Northern India. She is also co-leading a new research group at LSE focused on using participatory methods to design policy that supports communities disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.
Nikita read Politics, Psychology and Sociology at Kings College, Cambridge University, and has a Masters of Research from London School of Economics. She also worked on a number of gender empowerment projects in India and Nepal; and in Health Promotion at the World Health Organisation in Geneva.