Dr Amy Barnes

School of Health and Related Research

Lecturer in Public Health Policy

A.Barnes@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0875

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Dr Amy Barnes
School of Health and Related Research
Room 2037, 2nd Floor
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

Amy is a Lecturer in Public Health (Policy) with specific interests in politics (power), participation, and health equity; and in government and civil society action to address wider determinants of health. 

In the UK, Amy has explored initiatives that seek to empower people to have more control and influence in decision-making about where they live/their lives (e.g. Big Local community empowerment initiative, neighbourhood planning, coproduction in commissioning). She has also led a comparative project exploring policy approaches to public health across the four countries of the UK and has worked with community partners around Sheffield, using participatory methods, to support public health action within local neighbourhoods (e.g. community cohesion, air pollution, green space, early cancer prevention).   

Internationally, Amy has worked on issues of aid, health equity and governance. She worked with partners in Ghana and Kenya to implement the INFORMAS Food EPI: a civil society-led process to assess government action to create healthy food environments. She is currently working with partners in Pakistan and Canada on a study of the scale up of 24/7 round-the-clock maternity care for women in Basic Health Units (BHU) in Punjab.

Amy has an academic background in geography (BSc), environment and international development (MA Econ) and politics (PhD), and works at the interface of these disciplines and public health. Before joining ScHARR, Amy worked in management roles at Imperial College London (including a short period working with the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative) and at the Natural Environment Research Council, before completing her PhD on international aid partnerships and health system governance in Zambia.

Publications

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Books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Barnes A, Brown GW & Harman S (2015) The Politics of Participation in Health Reform, Global Politics of Health Reform in Africa (pp. 64-85). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Barnes A (2014) Can Global Health Policy be Depoliticised? A Critique of Global Calls for Evidence-Based Policy In Brown G, Yamey G & Wamala S (Ed.), The Handbook of Global Health Policy (pp. 157-175). Wiley Blackwell RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brown GW & Barnes A (2011) The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Expertise, Accountability and the Depoliticisation of Global Health Governance In Rushton S & Williams OD (Ed.), Partnerships and Foundations in Global Health Governance (pp. 53-75). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Reports

All publications

Books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Barnes A, Brown GW & Harman S (2015) The Politics of Participation in Health Reform, Global Politics of Health Reform in Africa (pp. 64-85). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Barnes A, Brown GW & Harman S (2015) Conclusion, Global Politics of Health Reform in Africa (pp. 86-98). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Barnes A, Brown GW & Harman S (2015) The Performance-Based Funding (PBF) Debate, Global Politics of Health Reform in Africa (pp. 19-28). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Barnes A, Brown GW & Harman S (2015) Introduction: Global Politics of Health Reform in Africa, Global Politics of Health Reform in Africa (pp. 1-18). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Barnes A, Brown GW & Harman S (2015) The Politics of Performance-Based Funding (PBF), Global Politics of Health Reform in Africa (pp. 29-63). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Barnes A (2014) Can Global Health Policy be Depoliticised? A Critique of Global Calls for Evidence-Based Policy In Brown G, Yamey G & Wamala S (Ed.), The Handbook of Global Health Policy (pp. 157-175). Wiley Blackwell RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brown GW & Barnes A (2011) The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Expertise, Accountability and the Depoliticisation of Global Health Governance In Rushton S & Williams OD (Ed.), Partnerships and Foundations in Global Health Governance (pp. 53-75). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Reports

Posters

  • Black M, Barnes A, Creative NF, Baxter S, Jeffrey C, Dallat M, Beynon C, Furber A, Strong M, Davies A , Goyder E et al Early Years Policy in the UK - from the child’s perspective. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Barnes A, Black M, Baxter S, Furber A, Strong M, Beynon C, Dallat M, Jeffery C, Davies AR, Goyder E , Kritsotakis E et al Understanding public health systems: a participatory systematic review and systems infographic. RIS download Bibtex download

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Research group

Amy is a member of the Health Equity and Inclusion research group at the University of Sheffield, and leads the Health and Place group in ScHARR. She is also involved in Sheffield: Air, a collaborative group of researchers focusing on air quality/air pollution. 

Amy is interested in supervising PhD research in the following areas:

  • collective / community action and wider determinants of health
  • healthy public policy / health-in-all policies (HiAP)
  • politics, power, participation and public health 
  • integrated planning and development of places / neighbourhoods
  • inclusive decision-making and governance of public health systems

Amy has successfully supervised 4 research students to completion. She is currently supervising 3 students whose projects focus on: asset-based approaches to health promotion; lived experiences of welfare reform/universal credit; and child health policy. 

Grants

MRC Health Systems Research Initiative (UK); Scaling up the 24/7 Basic Health Unit (BHU) strategy to provide round-the-clock maternity care in Punjab, Pakistan: A theory-driven, co-produced implementation study

  • Role: Co-I (PI: S Salway, University of Sheffield, Z Mumtaz, University of Alberta, with Real Medicine Foundation, Pakistan)
  • £781, 477; 2018-2022

NIHR School for Public Health Research – Places and Communities Programme

  • Role: Co-I on Neighbourhood Planning and Developing Age-Friendly rural communities; and public involvement and influence in local policy to address wider determinants of public health 

Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - BeCancerSafe programme (UK) Evaluating Social Movement in Cancer Prevention, Awareness and Support for South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire

  • Role: Co-I (PI: J Harris)
  • £49,000; 2018-2019

Health Foundation (UK); Comparative systems review and thematic policy analysis of public health across the four constituent countries of the UK - completed

  • Role: PI
  • £79,986; 2017

NIHR School for Public Health Research (UK); Communities in Control Study (long-term evaluation of a community empowerment initiative) - completed

  • Role: Co-I/Res (Main PI: J Popay, LiLAC ScHARR-PI: S Salway, University of Sheffield
  • £268,136 (to the School of Health & Related Research); 2013-2017

MRC/GCRF NCD Foundation Award (UK); Dietary transitions in African cities: leveraging evidence for interventions and policy to prevent diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - completed

  • Role: Co-I (PI: M Holdsworth)
  • £597,850; 2017-2019

South Yorkshire Housing Association (UK); Evaluating Co:Create – empowering service users through co-production – completed

  • Role: Co-PI (with J Harris University of Sheffield)
  • £19,000; 2016-2019

World University Network (WUN) Research Development Fund; Health promoting solutions to climate change - completed

  • Role: Res (PI: R. Maddison, A. Woodward (Auckland)
  • £69,061; 2014-2016

EQUINET/IDRC (Canada) Global Health Diplomacy Grant (role and participation of African actors in global health policy) – completed.

  • Role Co-PI: A Barnes (with G Brown, University of Sheffield) 
  • $60,000; 2012-2013
Teaching interests

Amy teaches on ScHARR’s Masters in Public Health (MPH) courses on topics relating to policy/politics, participation and wider determinants of health. She sees her role as a facilitator; supporting students to meet their goals for learning and promoting critical reflection and questioning of data/evidence. 

Amy has led the organisation of work-based placements (in/around Sheffield and internationally) for students to help the development and application of knowledge in practical public health settings. She actively seeks to integrate learning from her research into teaching; for example, developing role play simulations to help students explore the way in which different people, evidence/knowledge, and political dynamics can shape public health policy processes.

Professional activities
  • Peer reviewer (grants) – GCRF peer review group; UKRI - ESRC, MRC
  • External examiner – previous roles at Queen Mary University of London (GlobalHealth), University of Liverpool
  • Trustee, Manor and Castle Development Trust