Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She was Director of RegNet from 2014-2019. Sharon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.
She is considered 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 governance and regulatory processes related to the structural factors affecting health inequities, including trade and investment; urbanisation; food systems and climate change.
Sharon 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.
In 2010 she was awarded an inaugural Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the interface between climate change, social determinants and health equity. 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.
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