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Personal Statement

I am a third-year PhD student at the University of Strathclyde researching health inequalities policy for the SIPHER Consortium, supervised by Professor Kat Smith and Dr Gillian Fergie.

My research focuses on the approach taken by non-health policy teams in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Scottish Government (SG). I have analysed a total of 30 policy texts from GMCA and SG between 2017-2022, and am now interviewing policymakers to explore how 'health', 'wellbeing' and 'inequalities' are framed in the context of non-health inequalities agendas such as 'inclusive' or 'wellbeing' economies and 'levelling up'.

I have written an editorial for the BMJ on IPPR's 'Healthy People, Prosperous Lives' report, an Info Pack about SIPHER, and contributed to a BMJ analysis of the UK government's Levelling Up white paper.

Prior to my PhD I wrote the Eating Not Feeding 2019 report for Obesity Action Scotland on primary school food provision for children in Scotland; and co-wrote the evidence review 'Socio-Economic Impacts of Covid-19 on Children' for the Data For Children Collaborative. 

Previously, I earned a first-class LLB in Scots Law, and an MPH Public Health with merit, both from the University of Edinburgh.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Keywords

  • health inequalities
  • public health
  • policy
  • sipher

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