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

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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 wellbeing, 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 underlying causes of inequalities in health
  • Public perspectives, particularly children and young people’s perspectives, on and understandings of inequalities in health and their relationship with broader societal inequalities
  • The role of health and wider policy (a health in all policies approach) and the potential for whole systems approaches to facilitate coordinated action in reducing inequalities in health
  • The importance of children and young people’s health literacy practices in making sense of, interacting with and responding to health information.

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.


Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers


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
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