Amy Barnes

Amy Barnes

Section of Public Health
School of Health and Related Research
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA

Office: Room 2037, 2nd Floor, Regent Court

Tel: +44(0)114 222 0875
Fax: +44(0)114 222 0749

ORCiD: 0000-0002-8122-9792

Biography

With a background in geography, environment, international development and politics, I work at the interface between these disciplines and public health.

I originally trained in geography, environment and international development (1997-2001) and subsequently worked at Imperial College London (2002-2006) and the Natural Environment Research Council (2006-2007 - supporting programmes such as Environment and Human Health) before completing a PhD in Politics at the University of Sheffield on aid funding, partnership policy and health system governance in Zambia.

I joined ScHARR in December 2010 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Public Health (Health Policy and Management).

Research Interests

My research interests include issues of power, participation and partnership in policy processes; the linkages between space/place, community development and the wider determinants of health and wellbeing; and also complex/systems approaches to understanding policy processes and policy evaluation.

Teaching Interests

I teach on different modules within ScHARR's suite of MPH courses about health policy, health systems and management. I actively seek to integrate the learning from my research into my teaching practice; for example, developing a role play 'simulation' to help students explore the way in which different people, evidence bases, and political dynamics can shape policy processes relating to health and wellbeing.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising research students in the following areas:

  • community development and public health
  • space/place, healthy communities/cities and sustainable development
  • policy action on wider determinants of health
  • systems approaches/complex policy evaluation

Professional Activities

  • External examiner, Queen Marys University (Global Health)

Research Projects

I am currently involved in an evaluation of the Big Lottery's Big Local initiative in the UK, as part of team within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research. This project seeks to apply novel evaluation methods to understand how collective community control might be generated within more disadvantaged communities in order to improve health and wellbeing.

I recently completed a qualitative research project with Garrett Wallace Brown (Sheffield University), Sophie Harman (Queen Marys University) and research partners in Zambia, Tanzania and South Africa exploring the ways in which African actors participate and are able to exert control in global health governance; looking specifically at how African actors are involved in World Bank and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria performance-based financing initiatives for health (funded through EQUINET/IDRC Global Health Diplomacy grants).

Current Projects

I am currrently working with Garrett Wallace Brown (Sheffield University), Sophie Harman (Queen Marys University) and research partners in Zambia, Tanzania and South Africa on the role and participation of African actors in global health governance; looking specifically at how African actors are involved in World Bank and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria performance-based financing initiatives for health (funded through EQUINET/IDRC Global Health Diplomacy grants.

Publications

Journal Articles

Barnes A, Brown G and Harman S (2016) Understanding global health and development partnerships: Perspectives from African and global health system professionals, Social Science and Medicine, 159, pp. 22-29. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.04.033.

Clark J, Gardiner C and Barnes A (2016) International palliative care research in the context of global development: a systematic mapping review, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2015-001008.

Barnes A, Brown G and Harman S (2015) Locating health diplomacy through African negotiations on performance-based funding in global health. Journal of Health Diplomacy 1(3).

Barnes A (with others) (2014) Global social policy digest - contributions on food and health. Global Social Policy, 14(1), 14(2) and 14(3).
http://gsp.sagepub.com/content/by/year/2014 or http://www.gsp-observatory.de/h/gsp_digest_83_en.php

Barnes A and Brown GW (2011) The Idea of Partnership within the Millennium Development Goals: Context, Instrumentality and the Normative Demands of Partnership. Third World Quarterly. 31(2). 165-180. DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2011.543821.

Books/Book Chapters

Barnes A, Brown GW, Harman S. (2015)  Global Politics of Health Reform in Africa: Performance, Participation and Policy.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barnes A, Parkhurst J.  (2014) Can global health policy be depoliticised?  A critique of global calls for evidence-based policy.  In: (eds) Brown GW, Yamey G  and Wamala S.  The Handbook of Global Health Policy, Cambridge: Wiley-Blackwell.

Barnes A and Brown GW.  (2011) The Global Fund to Fight AIDS. Tuberculosis and Malaria: Expertise, Accountability and the Depoliticisation of Global Health Governance.  In O Williams & S Rushton (eds) Global Health Partnerships and Private Foundations: New Frontiers in Health and Health Governance.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Conference/Working Papers

Brown GW, Barnes A, Harman S, Gruia M, Papamichail A. (2013) Annotated literature review: African actors, global health governance and performance-based funding  Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa. EQUINET DISCUSSION PAPER 98.  June 2013.

Barnes A (2011) Aid and health systems development: Understanding complexity, context and socio-political relationships.  Harewelle International Newsletter 19th September 2011.

Barnes A. (2011) Public/private Investment in global health: the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, (neo) liberal rationality and the 'creative destruction' of local health governance in practice.  Paper prepared for the British International Studies Association Global Health Working Group.  University of Sussex. 29 June 2011.

Barnes A. (2011) The managerial logic and governance effects of performance-based funding: A critique of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Zambia.  Paper presented at the International Conference on Global Health Governance & African Health Systems. Centre for African Studies.  University of Edinburgh. 31 May 2011.