Institute of Health & Society

Social determinants and health inequalities

Overview

The Social Determinants of Health theme embeds an inequalities lens into the wider research and teaching of the Institute as well as providing an intellectual home for the social determinants and health inequalities work that runs throughout the Institute’s research.

Our interdisciplinary research team encompasses colleagues with backgrounds in medicine, the health professions, geography, law, sociology, social policy, social gerontology, economics, public health, epidemiology, and political science. Members of the theme also contribute to research undertaken as part of Fuse and the NIHR School for Public Health Research.

There are three main areas of our research:

Tackling health inequalities
Politics of health
Health systems and regulatory science

Engage

Research into health inequalities and the social determinants of health requires close working with communities, especially for us in the North East, including patients, carers, and medical professionals, and with service providers in the NHS and local authorities, and central government. Our research provides a rigorous and informed contribution to current debates about public services and inequalities.

 

 

Local

Newcastle and the North East of England face many challenges around poverty and inequalities. Our work includes projects in our local communities.

Global

Theme members work with a wide range of international actors including the World Health Organization and EuroHealthNet, as well as working with various international collaborators in universities in Europe (Trondheim, Siegen, Alicante), North America (Harvard, Montreal), India (Public Health Foundation of India, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health) and Brazil (Sergio Arouca School of Public Health).

They conduct research in various different countries including India, Brazil, Canada, Uganda, and Tanzania. 

People

Professor Clare Bambra
Professor of Public Health

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Dr Heather Brown
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2275

Dr Koldo Casla
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 7538 561 229

Dr Michele Castelli
Lecturer in Health Policy and Systems

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Telephone: +44(0)191 208 2273

Dr Kate Gibson
Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 8287

Graham Kirkwood
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 7626

Dr Vicki McGowan
Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 8251

Dr Colin Millard
Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology

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Dr Suzanne Moffatt
Reader in Social Gerontology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5005

Victoria Morgan
Research Administrator

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Telephone: 0191 282 1389

Dr Catherine Nixon
Senior Research Associate

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Tomos Robinson
Research Associate (Health Economics)

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Peter Roderick
Principal Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 7720

Professor Ted Schrecker
Professor of Global Health Policy

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Telephone: 07918 701305

Dr Sarah Sowden
NIHR/HEE ICA Clinical Lecturer and Hon Consultant in Public Health

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Dr Katie Thomson
Research Associate

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Telephone: (0191) 2085673

Dr Adam Todd
Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2355

Dr Shelina Visram
Senior lecturer in public health

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 2279

Dr Josephine Wildman
Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 2287