Davide Bilardi


Davide Bilardi is Senior Postdoctoral Researcher based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya and Visiting Academic in Oxford. He is a social scientist with expertise in qualitative and mixed methods with a strong background in project management.

He completed his DPhil in clinical medicine at the University of Oxford with a focus on measuring the impact of capacity-strengthening initiatives in the context of global health research. His research project, carried out with the team of The Global Health Network, explored the effectiveness of tools used to measure the variance of research competencies in healthcare workers based in low-and middle-income countries. He involved participants from research centres in Brazil, Thailand and Zambia.

Davide joined KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Feb 2023, and he is based in the Health Systems and Research Ethics Department. His postdoctoral research project aims to explore research capacity strengthening good practices from the angle of fostering a more equitable and inclusive approach to knowledge exchange activities. His project builds on the extensive experience of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in designing, implementing, and assessing capacity-strengthening initiatives and community engagement practices in global health research.

Davide is also part of the Decolonisation and Global Health Exchange Network.

Before joining the Programme, Davide supported – for more than a decade – global consortia delivering impactful international research. His collaboration with the PENTA network – a worldwide network of research centres working on paediatric infectious diseases – strengthened his ability to navigate effectively and efficiently in multidisciplinary environments involving high-income and low-and middle-income countries institutions. His background expertise spans from exploring behavioural and socioeconomic aspects of AMR and paediatric HIV to health emergency preparedness.