Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Clare Bambra

Professor of Public Health


Clare Bambra (PhD, FAcSS)  is Professor of Public Health. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist with expertise across health politics & policy, health geography and social epidemiology.

Her mixed methods research examines the social, political and economic determinants of health inequalities. She has published widely on these topics including several books.

She is a Senior Investigator in several large grants: CHAIN: Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research; Fuse: Centre for Translational Research in Public Health; NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science, SIPHER: UKPRP consortium on Systems Science in Public Health, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration - North East and North Cumbria (NE-NC-ARC), NIHR Communities in Control study, and NIHR School for Public Health Research.

She works regularly with policy and practice organisations including Public Health England, Eurohealthnet and WHO.

You can listen to Clare talk about her research on BBC Radio or listen to her public lecture.


Recent Grants

Awards and Honours

  • Elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) (since 2013)
  • Member of the WHO Europe Scientific Advisory Group on Health Equity (since 2017)
  • Member of the Punching Above their Weight (PAW) global health network (since 2019)
  • Editorial board member of the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health (since 2018)
  • Wellcome Trust Fellowship Awards panel member (since 2016)
  • BMA book award winner (2016)
  • Panel member, Due North Inquiry into Health Equity (2014)
  • Task group member, Marmot Review of Health Inequalities (2010)
  • NICE Expert Review Group member (since 2018)
  • Leverhulme Research Leadership Award holder (2013-18)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Montreal (2017)
  • Visiting Researcher, Karolinska Institute (2010)


Professor Clare Bambra has over 20 years teaching experience and holds a PGCert in Higher Education.

At undergraduate level, Clare contributes to the public health component of the MBBS and leads an SSC on health inequalities. She also supervises public health projects on the MPharm and BMS degrees.

At postgraduate level, she contributes sessions to the Masters in Public Health and the Masters in Global Health and she supervises MPH and MRes Epidemiology dissertation students.

She supervises PhD students with interests in health inequalities.