Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Clare Bambra

Professor of Public Health



Clare Bambra is Professor of Public Health. Her research examines the political, social and economic determinants of health inequalities; and how social policies and interventions can promote health equity. 

She has published extensively including four books: Work, Worklessness and the Political Economy of Health; How Politics Makes Us Sick: Neoliberal Epidemics; Health Inequalities - Critical Perspectives and Health Divides: where you live can kill you. Her research is highly interdisciplinary, applying theories and methods between the social sciences, public health and epidemiology.

She is the Associate Director for Health Inequalities in Fuse: Centre for Translational Research in Public Health and an Executive member of the NIHR School for Public Health Research where she is a Senior Investigator on the Communities in Control Project. She holds a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award which examines Local Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity and she is the Principal Investigator on the Norface funded grant 'HiNEWS' which examines health inequalities in Europe with partners in Norway, USA and Germany. She is also a collaborator on the ESRC Rethinking Incapacity project.

She works closely with public health policy and practice. She was a panel member for the Due North Inquiry into Health Equity North (2014) and contributed to the Marmot Reviews of Health Inequalities in England (2010) and Health Inequalities in Europe (2013) as well as the USA Institute of Medicine study of the US Mortality Disadvantage (2013). She was also part of the advisory panel for the Independent review into employment, drug or alcohol addiction & obesity (2016) and is currently supporting the development of the World Health Organisation European Health Equity Status Report. She is also the co-Director of the Equal North - Research and Practice Network in partnership with Public Health England.

She can be followed on Twitter @ProfBambra

Listen to Clare talk about health inequalities on BBC Radio 4 or watch a video on YouTube


Clare studied political science (BSocSc, 1st class hons, Birmingham) and comparative health and social policy (MA with distinction, PhD, Manchester) before moving into public health.

Honours and Awards

BMA Medical Book Awards winner

Elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Leverhulme Research Leadership Award

Wellcome Trust Interview Panel member


Research Interests

  • Health inequalities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Political epidemiology
  • European and Global health

Current Funding

Local health inequalities in an age of austerity: the Stockton on Tees study. Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Grant, 2013-2018, £997,000.

Health inequalities in European welfare states (HiNEWS) NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe), 2015-2017, €1,030,000

Communities in Control Study: An evaluation of a natural policy experiment in community empowerment - phase 2. NIHR School for Public Health Research, 2015-2017. £1,026,000.

Fuse: Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. MRC, 2013-2018, £3,400,000.

Community pHarmaciEs Mood Intervention STudy (CHEMIST): Feasibility and Pilot Study, NIHR, 2016-2018, £467,000

Wellbeing for Life Evaluation, Durham County Council, 2015-2017, £150,000.

Equal North, Public Health England, 2016-2017, £60,000.

Evaluation of the Stockton on Tees ECO scheme, Stockton Borough Council, 2016, £40,000


Undergraduate Teaching

Public health and health inequalities sessions and project supervisions for the MBBS, the Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy degree programmes.

Postgraduate Teaching

Health inequalities sessions and project supervisions for the MSc. Public Health and Health Services Research and MSc. Global Health

Postgraduate Supervision

I am happy to supervise students with an interest in health inequalities.