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Hannah Fairbrother

Senior Lecturer in Public Health, University of Sheffield

My research focuses on socioeconomic inequalities in health and wellbeing, particularly as they relate to children, young people and families. This is a longstanding interest and stems from my upbringing in Sheffield, a city of contrasts in health and wealth, visiting family in Liverpool and through voluntary work in Cambridge with young mothers and with children in an underserved area of Paris.

I am particularly interested in:

- Work to understand and address the underlying causes of inequalities in health

- Public perspectives, particularly children and young people’s perspectives, on and understandings of inequalities in health and their relationship with broader societal inequalities

- The role of health and wider policy (a health in all policies approach) and the potential for whole systems approaches to facilitate coordinated action in reducing inequalities in health

- The importance of children and young people’s health literacy practices in making sense of, interacting with and responding to health information.

I mobilise a variety of different methods to explore these key interests, including critical policy analysis, systematic and narrative literature review, participatory interviews, creative workshops, observation and systems mapping.


  • 2013–present
    Lecturer in Child and Family Health and Wellbeing, University of Sheffield


  • 2013 
    University of Sheffield , PhD in Public Health