Professor Sharon Friel
Sharon joined RegNet as Professor of Health Equity in May 2014 and became Director in July 2014. She also serves as the Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the Australian National University. In 2010 she was awarded an inaugural Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the interface between health equity, social determinants (food systems) and climate change, based at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU. Between 2005 and 2008 she worked with Sir Michael Marmot as the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) for the World Health Organisation’s landmark global Commission on Social Determinants of Health. In 2008 she was asked by the Rockefeller Foundation to convene and chair a global research network on urban health equity (GRNUHE), which reported in 2010. Before moving to Australia, she worked for many years in the Department of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland, Galway. She is an interdisciplinary social health researcher, with a disciplinary background in public health.
Sharon’s work focuses on a) the conceptual and practical integration of input from multiple disciplines, sectors and mixed methods research in the pursuit of health equity, b) studying the role of structural factors in affecting health inequities, including trade and investment, urbanisation, food systems, and climate change; c) analysis of policy processes and their effectiveness at addressing health inequities, and d) applying system science theories and methods to healthy public policy studies. She is a chief investigator on several current major research collaborations in the determinants of health inequities, including the five year NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Social Determinants of Health Equity; Trade policy (ARC Discovery grant Trade policy: maximising benefits for nutrition, food security, human health, and the economy), Climate adaptation and Urban planning policy (CSIRO flagship multi-centre research program Urbanism, climate adaptation and health) and Food policy (NHMRC Partnership Centre on Systems Perspective on Preventing Lifestyle-related Chronic Health Problems; ARC Discovery grant Shrinking the food-print by creating consumer demand for sustainable and healthy eating and ARC Linkage Grant Modelling policy interventions to protect Australia’s food security in the face of environmental sustainability challenges).
She is co-founder of the Global Action for Health Equity Network (HealthGAEN), a global alliance concerned with research, training, policy and advocacy related to action in the social and environmental determinants of health equity, and chairs Asia Pacific HealthGAEN.
Research interests: Governance and regulation as it relates to health equity; social determinants of health; health inequalities; global health; food systems; climate change; and public policy processes and health equity
In 2008 Professor Sharon Friel was in London leading the Scientific Secretariat of the World Health Organisation’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health.
Director of RegNet and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Professor Sharon Friel, took part in an all-female panel on ‘The Future of Food’ at the 2018 ANU Future Shaper
Not everyone has a fair go at living a long, healthy and flourishing life.
What have the 80,000 people who are looking for work done to deserve such a brutal cull of income support payments proposed under compliance changes in the Welfare Reform Bill?
At Global Ideas Forum 2017, Sharon Friel sat down with Global Ideas’ Director Naveen Tenneti for a broad-ranging discussion about public health, the way corporations can both help and hinder climat
Today (6 October 2017 EST), RegNet Director Professor Sharon Friel addresses the European Health Forum in Austria.
This article first appeared on Croakey Blog on July 14 2017
In this sixteen minute podcast, Sharon Friel explores a range of different factors that impact on health inequalities around the world.
Sharon Friel on Radio National ‘Life Matters’
Recommendations to the United Nations
RegNet scholars showcase latest research
New research from Sharon Friel and Phil Baker
RegNet Director Sharon Friel is presenting at the For Purpose Summer School on February 22, 2017.
Congratulations to RegNet Director, Sharon Friel who is one of the winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s award for public policy and outreach excellence in 2016.
Inequities in wealth and income are one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time. It’s important to address these inequities for three key reasons.
Sharon Friel joins a panel of ANU health policy experts to discuss where the parties stand in the election debate.
ARC Linkage Project, Modelling policy interventions to protect Australia's food security in the face of environmental sustainability challenges
Australia's future food security will be challenged by climate change, environmental and resource constraints.
Big food in Asia: the globalization of food systems, ultra-processed food consumption and policy responses for optimal nutrition in Asia
This project characterises ultra-processed food consumption patterns in Asia, determines whether changing consumption patterns reflect underlying changes in food systems driven by trade liberalization
The INFORMAS trade and investment module is primarily concerned with understanding the risks and benefits to healthy food environments and diets from trade agreements, through the establishment of a m
Sharon Friel is a Commissioner on this project led by The Lancet and the World Obesity Federation to stimulate action on obesity.
Many Australians will live shorter lives than others not because of their genetics or the lifestyle choices they make but rather because of the conditions in which they live and the opportunities they
When tackling a complex problem such as healthy eating, the tendency is to oversimplify the problem and therefore policy domains that give rise to outcomes of interest.
The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC) - Systems approaches to the prevention of lifestyle related chronic disease
TAPPC identifies new ways of understanding what works and what doesn’t to prevent lifestyle-related chronic health problems in Australia.
ARC Discover Project, Trade policy: maximising benefits for nutrition, food security, human health, and the economy
This ARC Discovery Project (2013-2015) will develop a systems-based conceptual framework for assessing the wider societal impacts of free trade agreements.
ARC Discovery Project, Shrinking the food-print by creating consumer demand for sustainable and healthy eating
Whilst the environmental footprint from food continues to rise, governments, industry and civil society groups throughout the world are frustrated by the lack of evidence for specifying an environment
Author(s): Prof Sharon Friel
Date of publications: 2017
Publication type: Government and community sector reports