Our people

Sharon Friel

Director of RegNet, Professor Sharon Friel

Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and the Director of RegNet. Sharon is also Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy ANU. Sharon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. She is one of the foremost researchers internationally in the social determinants of health, and was nominated in 2014 by her international peers as one of the world’s most influential female leaders in global health. Sharon’s interests are in the role of structural factors in affecting health inequities, including trade and investment; urbanisation; food systems and climate change; and the analysis of governance, policy and regulatory processes and their effectiveness at improving health equity.

She is Co-Director of the five year NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity and chief investigator on several other current major research collaborations in policy and governance issues associated with health inequities, including four ARC grants. In 2010 she was awarded an inaugural Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the interface between health equity, social determinants and climate change, based at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU. Between 2005 and 2008 she was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Read more about Sharon’s work on her profile.

Academic and research staff

Academic and research staff

RegNet’s academic staff are internationally renowned for their interdisciplinary work in governance and regulation.

Professional staff

Professional staff

Our researchers and teachers are supported by talented professional staff who provide a team-based approach to school governance and administration.



The visitor’s program is a core element of RegNet’s work, facilitated by a world-wide network of practitioners, policymakers and academics.

PhD Scholars

PhD Scholars

Our PhD scholars research a range of diverse projects and this group actively contributes to RegNet’s vibrant intellectual community.

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet