Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Clare Bambra

Professor of Public Health



Clare Bambra is Professor of Public Health. Her research examines the effects of social policies, public health policies and health care systems on health and health inequalities. 

She has published extensively in the field with over 175 articles, chapters and reports as well as 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 from health geography, health policy and medical sociology into public health.

She is the Associate Director for Health Inequalities in Fuse: Centre for Translational Research in Public Health and the health inequalities co-lead for the NIHR School for Public Health Research and co-Director of the School's Equal North - Research and Practice Network

Internationally, she is a member of the WHO Europe scientific advisory expert group on health equity

She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

She works closely with public health policy and practice. She was a member 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 Institute of Medicine study into the USA Mortality Disadvantage. She was also part of the advisory panel for the Independent Review into Employment, Drug or Alcohol Addiction and Obesity.

Listen to Clare talk on BBC Radio 4 or give her public lecture.

Her Google scholar profile can be accessed here 


Research Interests

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

Current & Recent 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
  • 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.
  • NIHR Policy Research Unit Behavioural Science, 2019-2024, £4,800,000
  • The long-term health and wellbeing impacts of Healthy New Towns: a six-month feasibility study of Healthy New Town demonstrator sites in England, 2018-19, NIHR PHR £50,000
  • Recession and Mental Health in Scotland: Do Personal or Community Factors promote Resilience to Labour Market Change? ESRC, 2018-19, £161,000
  • 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

PhD Supervision

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