Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Clare Bambra

Professor of Public Health



Clare Bambra is Professor of Public Health. Her research focuses on understanding and reducing health inequalities with particular regard to the effects of social policies and health care systems.

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 a senior collaborator in the NIHR School for Public Health Research. Her Leverhulme Research Leadership Award examines Local Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity and she leads the Norface funded Health Inequalities in European Welfare States (HiNEWS) project with partners in Norway, USA and Germany. She is also a collaborator on the NIHR funded Communities in Control project and the ESRC funded Recessions and Mental Health project.

She works closely with public health policy and practice. She was a panel member and co-author of the Due North Inquiry into Health Equity North and she contributed to the Marmot Reviews of Health Inequalities in England and Health Inequalities in Europe as well as the USA Institute of Medicine study of the US Mortality Disadvantage. She was also part of the advisory panel for the Independent Review into Employment, Drug or Alcohol Addiction and Obesity. She is currently a member of the scientific advisory expert group of the WHO Europe Health Equity Status Report. She is also  a co-Director of the Equal North - Research and Practice Network in partnership with Public Health England.

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

Her Google scholar profile can be accessed here 


Clare studied political science (BSocSc, 1st class hons, Birmingham) and comparative health systems and social policy (MA with distinction, PhD, Manchester) before moving into public health. She also has a postgraduate teaching qualification. 

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

NICE Expert Advisors Panel Member


Research Interests

  • Health inequalities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social policy and health
  • Political epidemiology

Current Grants

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

Health inequalities in European welfare states (HiNEWS) welfare states (HiNEWS) NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe), 2015-2018, €1,030,000

Recession and mental health in Scotland: Do personal or community factors promote resilience to labour market change? ESRC, 2018-19, £161,000

Healthy New Towns Darlington Pilot Evaluation, Darlington Borough Council, 2018-19, £40,000

Communities in Control Study: An evaluation of a natural policy experiment in community empowerment NIHR, 2018-2022. £659,000.

NIHR School for Public Health Research 2017-22, £1,800,000

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, 2017-2019, £467,000


Undergraduate Teaching

Public health and health inequalities sessions and project supervisions for the MBBS, the Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition 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.