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

I am a Lecturer in Public Health and joined ScHARR in 2010. I have an academic background in geography (BSc), environment and international development (MA Econ), and politics (PhD). I work at the interface between these disciplines and public health. I work in ScHARR part-time (3.5 days a week).

I have research interests in the UK and internationally on the related topics of: policy, participation and health equity; and community action to address wider determinants of health.

Given the cross-cutting nature of my expertise, I have worked (and continue to work) on a range of health equity and public health policy topics, for example:

  • community development and action
  • co-production in commissioning 
  • maternal health 
  • food environments 
  • partnership and the governance of public health programmes/systems

I am increasingly interested in community-engaged participatory research and multi-level systems approaches (local-global) to understanding policy and public health in practice.

Research interests

In the UK, I am currently working on research and evaluation projects relating to how people influence and exert control in decision-making about where they live. This includes community-engaged participatory research in Sheffield; supporting community action to address wider determinants of health.

Internationally, I am working with lead partners in Sheffield, Pakistan and Canada (funded by the MRC) on a theory-driven implementation study of the scale up of 24/7 round-the-clock maternity care in Basic Health Units (BHU) in Punjab, Pakistan.

I recently led a project workstream with partners in Ghana and Kenya, using the INFORMAS Food EPI index, to assess the extent of government action to create healthy food environments (funded by MRC/GCRF). I led the Four Nations Study team, working with the Association of the Directors of Public Health, on a comparative systems review and policy analysis of public health across the four countries of the UK. I also co-led local work on the ‘Communities in Control Study’ evaluating Big Local - a community empowerment initiative in England - to help understand how communities develop collective capabilities to exert control and influence in ways that could improve health and wellbeing (funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research).

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) 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, 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 (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

  • 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

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Research group

I have successfully supervised 4 research students to completion. I am currently supervising 3 students whose projects focus on: asset-based approaches to health promotion, healthy child development, and experiences of welfare reform/universal credit.

I am interested in supervising research students in the following areas:

  • community development / community action and wider determinants of health
  • healthy public policy / health-in-all policies (HiAP)
  • participation, power and voice within public policy processes
  • participatory research for public health
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

I teach on ScHARR’s suite of Masters in Public Health (MPH) courses – both online and face-to-face. I see my role as a ‘facilitator’ who supports and guides students to help the process of learning. I enjoy small-group teaching and creating opportunities for students to participate in 'real-life' learning activities:

  • policy simulation / role play
  • inquiry-based group work on locally-relevant public health topics
  • research placements with community partners
Professional activities

I have been an external examiner at Queen Mary University of London (Global Health) and the University of Liverpool.