Dr Hannah Fairbrother
PhD, MA Cantab, PgDipHE, BMedSci, SFHEA
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Senior Lecturer in Public Health
+44 114 222 2044
Full contact details
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
Barber House Annexe
3 Clarkehouse Road
- 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.
- ‘When I came to university, that’s when the real shift came’: alcohol and belonging in English higher education. Journal of Youth Studies.
- Do socioeconomic inequities arise during school-based physical activity interventions? An exploratory case study of the GoActive trial. BMJ Open.
- Young people’s explanations for the decline in youth drinking in England. BMC Public Health, 23.
- ‘90 per cent of the time when I have had a drink in my hand I’m on my phone as well’: a cross-national analysis of communications technologies and drinking practices among young people. New Media & Society.
- Exploring young people's perspectives on mental health support: a qualitative study across three geographical areas in England, UK. Health and Social Care in the Community.
- Creation of a pilot school health research network in an English education infrastructure to Improve adolescent health and well-being: a study protocol. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(20).
- “There’s a lot of stereotypes going on”: A cross-national qualitative analysis of the place of gender in declining youth drinking. International Journal of Drug Policy, 108.
- An analysis of English national policy approaches to health inequalities: 'transforming children and young people's mental health provision' and its consultation process.. BMC Public Health, 22(1), 1084.
- ‘It all kind of links really’ : young people’s perspectives on the relationship between socioeconomic circumstances and health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(6), 3679-3679.
- Youth drinking in decline : what are the implications for public health, public policy and public debate?. International Journal of Drug Policy, 102. View this article in WRRO
- A critique of the English national policy from a social determinants of health perspective using a realist and problem representation approach: the 'Childhood Obesity: a plan for action' (2016, 2018, 2019). BMC Public Health, 21. View this article in WRRO
- Exploring inequalities in health with young people through online focus groups : navigating the methodological and ethical challenges. Qualitative Research Journal. View this article in WRRO
- Exploring the local policy context for reducing health inequalities in children and young people: an in depth qualitative case study of one local authority in the North of England, UK. BMC Public Health, 21(1). View this article in WRRO
- Clustering of health-related behaviours within children aged 11–16: a systematic review. BMC Public Health, 21(1).
- A systems map of the determinants of child health inequalities in England at the local level.. PLoS One, 16(2), e0245577. View this article in WRRO
- Trends in the psychosocial characteristics of 11-15 year olds who still drink, smoke, take drugs and engage in poly-substance use in England.. Drug and Alcohol Review. View this article in WRRO
- Privileges of power: authenticity, representation and the “problem” of children’s voices in qualitative health research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 19. View this article in WRRO
- System-mapping the child health system at a local level to reduce health inequalities. European Journal of Public Health, 30(Supplement_5).
- Reducing inequalities in child health: a case study in an English local authority. European Journal of Public Health, 30(Supplement_5).
- Umbrella review of family-focused care interventions supporting families where a family member has a long-term condition. Journal of Advanced Nursing. View this article in WRRO
- The problem with good news: How should public health actors respond when alcohol consumption declines?. Addiction. View this article in WRRO
- Promoting the health of children and young people who migrate: reflections from four regional reviews. Global Health Promotion, 27(4), 141-144. View this article in WRRO
- Children’s learning from a Smokefree Sports programme: Implications for health education. Health Education Journal, 79(6), 686-699. View this article in WRRO
- The decline in youth drinking in England – is everyone drinking less? A quantile regression analysis. Addiction. View this article in WRRO
- Displaying good fathering through the construction of physical activity as intimate practice. Families, Relationships and Societies, 8(2), 213-229. View this article in WRRO
- Young people’s perspectives of e-cigarette use in the home. Health and Place, 57, 157-164. View this article in WRRO
- Health experiences of children and young people who migrate – Opportunities for health education. Health Education Journal, 78(1), 96-107. View this article in WRRO
- The well-being of children in the UK, fourth edition. Children's Geographies. View this article in WRRO
- Migrant children within Europe: a systematic review of children's perspectives on their health experiences. Public Health, 158, 71-85. View this article in WRRO
- Making health information meaningful: children's health literacy practices. SSM - Population Health, 2, 476-484. View this article in WRRO
- Where are the Schools? Children, Families and Food Practices. Health and Place, 40, 51-57. View this article in WRRO
- What makes health public? A critical evaluation of moral, legal, and political claims in public health. Public Health, 127(2), 194-194.
- Creating space: maximising the potential of the Graduate Teaching Assistant role. Teaching in Higher Education, 17(3), 353-358.
- The Well-being of Children in the UK. Children & Society, 26(2), 168-169.
- Children’s understanding of family financial resources and their impact on eating healthily. Health & Social Care in the Community, 20(5), 528-536.
- Social Injustice and Public Health. Journal of Public Health, 33(4), 634-635.
- Are changes in attitudes towards school associated with declining youth drinking? A multi-level analysis of 37 countries. European Journal of Public Health. View this article in WRRO
- Exploring the potential of a school-based online health and wellbeing screening tool: Young people’s perspectives. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
- View this article in WRRO Exploring the potential of a school-based online health and wellbeing screening tool professional stakeholders’ perspectives and experiences. BMC Public Health.
- Do adolescents' experiences of the barriers to and facilitators of physical activity differ by socioeconomic position? A systematic review of qualitative evidence. Obesity Reviews. View this article in WRRO
- Migrant children within Europe: a systematic review of children’s perspectives on their health experiences. Public Health.
- Everyday Family Food Practices, Families, Intergenerationality, and Peer Group Relations (pp. 149-168). Springer Singapore
- Everyday Family Food Practices In Punch S, Vanderbeck R & Skelton T (Ed.), Families, Intergenerationality and Peer Group Relations (pp. 1-20). Singapore: Springer. View this article in WRRO
Conference proceedings papers
- Exploring the potential of a school-based online health and wellbeing screening tool : professional stakeholders and young people's perspectives and experiences. The Lancet, Vol. 398(Suppl 2) (pp S91-S91). Virtual conference, 26 November 2021 - 26 November 2021. View this article in WRRO
- Young people's perspectives on inequalities in health in England: a qualitative study. The Lancet
- Exploring young people's perspectives of inequalities in health: a qualitative study. European Journal of Public Health
- 1.11-P25 Hidden voices : reflections on the health experiences of children who migrate. European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 28(suppl_1). Edinburgh, Scotland, 17 May 2018 - 19 May 2018. View this article in WRRO
- Youth Drinking in Decline View this article in WRRO
- Multidisciplinary systematic review of the relationships between poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression across the life course. View this article in WRRO
- 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
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
2020-22 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
- Member of 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.
- Co-lead for the Child of the North N8 Research Partnership for the University of Sheffield, with my colleague Dr Jill Thompson.
- Member INRICH International Network for Research on Inequalities in Child Health
- Member Society for Social Medicine and Population Health
- Member University of Sheffield Health Equity and Inclusion Research Group
- Member Faculty of Public Health
- Member Royal Society for Public Health