Environmental Research Director
Ms. Rachel Dardis
Rachel is an experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher specializing in public health. She has a passion for conducting quality research and for promoting community awareness and involvement in the development of National Standards, Regulations and Policies. She has worked in such areas as infection prevention and control within healthcare, maternity care, compassion in care and she has conducted a lead analysis on ethical codes of conduct and behavior for clinical healthcare providers. She has publications in a number of these topics. Rachel holds a Degree in Behavioral science and postgraduate studies in Psychology.
Becoming a Health Psychology Researcher in Ireland, Rachel spent three years as a Research Officer for a non-profit organization promoting safe practices and behaviors among healthcare providers and advocating for patient empowerment and involvement. She conducted nation-wide research on healthcare behaviors and led master classes on her research topics in hospitals.
Serving later as a Research Officer for the public health sector in Ireland, Rachel was the leading researcher for two sets of national standards. Working in interdisciplinary teams around hospitals throughout Ireland, she developed a large set of standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections which promoted a safe and effective infection prevention environment and a culture of patient safety within the Irish acute healthcare services.
In 2020, Rachel began working with the UN and the Association for Community Awareness for COVID-19 research in Cameroon to help reduce and maintain the spread of COVID-19 in underserved communities through grant proposal development.
Now putting her years of research skills into directing the Research Centre of the Global Waste Cleaning Network, Rachel is leading GWCN researchers in developing valid and reliable contributions to waste management research which is aimed at finding sustainable approaches and solutions to ensure a future healthy environment across the globe and to minimise environmental risks associated with negative health outcomes.