Dr Amy Barnes

School of Health and Related Research

Senior Lecturer in Public Health - Policy

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

Amy joined ScHARR in December 2010 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer of Public Health in January 2022. Prior to her move to ScHARR, she worked in programme management at Imperial College London and the Natural Environment Research Council, before completing her PhD in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield.

Amy is an interdisciplinary researcher. She has a background in geography, development, and politics, and seeks to make connections and integrate knowledge from these fields in her public health work. Amy’s research explores issues of equity, power, and participation in relation to public health policy.

Amy is increasingly engaged in participatory research and evaluation, including exploring community-based action to address social inequalities.

Amy sits on the Editorial Board of Critical Public Health. Her research has been funded by MRC, GCRF, NIHR, Equinet/IDRC, Health Foundation and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group; working with partners in the UK, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania, Canada and Pakistan. 

Amy is the ScHARR Director of the European Public Health programme; a collaborative programme with 7 other European universities.


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Journal articles


  • Barnes A & Parkhurst J (2014) Can global health policy be depoliticized? A critique of global calls for evidence-based policy, The Handbook of Global Health Policy (pp. 157-173). 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


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Conference proceedings papers



  • 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
  • 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



Research group

Amy is a member of the Health Equity and Inclusion research group at the University of Sheffield. She is interested in supervising PhD researchers in the following areas aligned to her research: 

  • collective organising and community action to address social inequality and other wider determinants of health
  • healthy public policy and health-in-all policies (HiAP)
  • participation and partnership in relation to public health policy  
  • participatory planning to improve living conditions 
  • inclusive public health decision-making and inclusive governance of public health systems

Amy has successfully supervised 5 research students to completion. She is currently supervising 2 PhD researchers exploring issues relating to child health policy and collective action to create school streets and address poor air quality.  


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) programmes on topics relating to equity, power, participation and policy. She sees her role as a facilitator; supporting students to meet their goals for learning and promoting critical reflection on policy processes, and on what is evidence and ‘success’ when it comes to public health. 

Amy enjoys supporting students on work-based research placements (in the UK and internationally), which involve developing and applying knowledge in practical public health settings. 

Amy actively integrates learning from her research into teaching; for example, developing role play simulations to help students explore the way in which different people, knowledge bases, and political dynamics can shape public health policy.

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