Dr Hannah Fairbrother

PhD, MA Cantab, PgDipHE, BMedSci, SFHEA

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Dr Hannah Fairbrother, Senior Lecturer in Public Health
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Dr Hannah Fairbrother
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Barber House Annexe
3 Clarkehouse Road
S10 2HQ
Research interests

My research focuses on socioeconomic inequalities in health and well-being, particularly as they relate to children, young people and families. This is a longstanding interest and stems from my upbringing in Sheffield, a city of contrasts in health and wealth, visiting family in Liverpool and through voluntary work in Cambridge with young mothers and with children in an underserved area of Paris.

I am particularly interested in:

  • Work to understand and address the environmental, social and political influences on health. 
  • Public perspectives, particularly children's and young people’s perspectives, on and understandings of health inequalities and their relationship with broader societal inequalities
  • The role of activism geared towards improving planetary health and promoting social justice 

I mobilise a variety of different methods to explore these key interests, including critical policy analysis, systematic and narrative literature review, participatory interviews, creative workshops, observation and systems mapping.

I am on the leadership team for the NIHR School for Public Health Research Children, Young People and Families Programme, with a particular focus on public involvement and engagement work. 

I co-lead the Child of the North N8 Research Partnership for the University of Sheffield, with my colleague Dr Jill Thompson. 


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Research group

I am an active member of the cross-faculty Health Equity Group and the Health Sciences School Children and Young People’s Research Theme group.

I am interested in supervising students in my research areas and welcome prospective students getting in touch to discuss potential applications.

Principal Investigator Sponsor Title Dates

Powell, K 

Grantham Centre Go Fund Activism for Planetary Health and Equity 2023
Goyder, E Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team (PHIRST), National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Evaluation of the Nottinghamshire Healthy Families Programme Parent Infant Relationship Initiative 2022-23
Fairbrother, H Research England Connect and Reflect: bringing together academics interested in participatory research with children 2022
Goyder, E Public Health Research, National Institute for Health Research Evidence review of the impact of housing insecurity on the health and wellbeing of children and young people 2022
Fairbrother, H School for Public Health Research, National Institute for Health Research

Enabling children and young people’s involvement in whole system action to reduce inequalities in the social determinants of health

Jago, R & Campbell, R School for Public Health Research, National Institute for Health Research Creating a Health Research Network to improve young people's mental health and well-being 2020-22
Fairbrother, H & DeVocht, F Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme, School for Public Health Research, National Institute for Health Research Evaluating the Digital Health Contact service 2020-21
Kipping, R., Powell, K. and Fairbrother, H. School for Public Health Research, National Institute for Health Research Exploring the policy context for reducing health inequalities among children and young people 2019-20
Summerbell, C., Wistow, J., Powell, K. and Fairbrother, H. School for Public Health Research, National Institute for Health Research Mapping the child health system at a local level to reduce health inequalities 2019-20
Salami, B. Worldwide Universities Network African Child and Youth Wellbeing in the Context of Migration and Displacement 2019-20
Fairbrother, H ESRC Festival of the Social Sciences Last orders: why might young people be drinking less alcohol? 2018
Thompson, J Migration Matters Festival Hidden Voices: The Health Experiences of Migrant Children by Abdulazez Dukan 2018
Holmes, J Wellcome Trust Why is youth alcohol consumption failing?  A mixed methods investigation of changing drinking cultures across recent generations. 2018-2022
Fairbrother, H & Thompson, J Worldwide Universities Network Hidden Voices: Exploring the health experiences of children who migrate. 2016-2017
Swallow, V White Rose Fostering and sustaining UK multidisciplinary family-focused care across the life-course: A White Rose collaboration in long-term condition management 2016
Blank, L Joseph Rowntree Foundation Relationship between poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression across the life course 2015-2016
Fairbrother, H Impact, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IIKE) University of Sheffield, All About Me: making sense of health messages in a hands-on exhibition space 2015
Fairbrother, H Research Exchange for the Social Sciences (RESS), University of Sheffield All About Collaboration: co-producing impact with a community partner 2015
Teaching activities

I co-lead the Health and Human Sciences BMedSci, with a particular responsibility for leading the Programme Development Group. I am committed to promoting educational equity and my approach to teaching is guided by a desire to create meaningful, engaging and constructively aligned programmes of learning to enable students from a wide variety of backgrounds to thrive in Higher Education and beyond.

I enjoy teaching and endeavour to integrate learning from and enthusiasm for my research into my teaching practice. I have taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students using face-to-face, distance and blended learning modes.

I am currently involved in teaching related to Health Inequalities, Health Promotion and Education and Families in Health and Social Care. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and have been awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Professional activities and memberships