Professor Sarah Salway BA (Hons) Oxon, MSc, PhD

Sarah Salway

Section of Public Health
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office: Room G045a, Ground Floor, Regent Court

Tel:  +44 (0) 114 222 4296
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0749


Health Equity and Inclusion Research Theme @HEandIG


ORCiD: 0000-0002-7688-5496


I joined ScHARR in January 2013.  I have a background in sociology, demography and public health and formal training and expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methodologies. I gained my PhD in Public Health Medicine from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then spent extended periods of time living and researching in India and Bangladesh.  For the past 15 years or so, I have focused primarily on UK public health issues, with a particular interest in the health needs and experiences of minority ethnic populations.  I am currently primarily engaged in work under the umbrella of the NIHR National School for Public Health Research.  I lead the Health Equity and Inclusion Research Theme within the Section of Public Health in ScHARR.


Research Interests

I have 20 years research, consultancy and teaching experience in the field of public health, with a particular focus on three axes of inequality: race/ethnicity, gender and poverty.  My work includes a focus on understanding the perspectives of service users/clients and improving the fit between services and needs.  I have a particular interest in reproductive health and chronic health conditions.  My work on race/ethnicity spans the social welfare and health arenas illustrating my interest in the intersecion between different dimensions of inequality and exclusion.  A parallel body of work explores the ethics and science of researching race/ethnicity and translating research evidence into policy and practice.  Much of my work has been conducted in collaboration with NHS and third sector organisations, as well as in partnership with community-based organisations and local people.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests lie in health inequalities, race/ethnicity, gender and mixed methods research.

PhD Supervision

I have supervised several students to successful completion. I welcome students interested in investigating the broad linkages between race/ethnicity and health and the gendered influences on health; particularly those with interests in British Asian populations, poverty, long-term chronic health conditions and/or  maternal/reproductive health.  I can support a range of methodological approaches.

Professional Activities

Member of the NIHR Public Health Funding Board (2013-)
Member of the ESRC Peer Review College (2011-)
Adjunct Professor of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada
Elected member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
Member of the British Sociological Association
Member of the British Society for Population Studies

Current and Recently Completed Projects

NIHR School for Public Health Research @ Sheffield

Evidence and ethnicity in commissioning

Access to hepatitis B services among Chinese populations in South Yorkshire

Enhancing community genetic literacy

CLAHRC for Yorkshire & Humber Public Health Inequalities

Key Publications

Salway SM, Mir G, Turner D, Ellison GTH, Carter L & Gerrish K (2016) Obstacles to “race equality” in the English National Health Service: insights from the healthcare commissioning arena. Social Science & Medicine.

Salway S, Chowbey P, Such E & Ferguson B (2015) Researching health inequalities with Community Researchers: practical, methodological and ethical challenges of an inclusive research approach. Research Involvement and Engagement, 9(1).

Mumtaz Z, Salway S, Bhatti A, Shanner L, Zaman S, Laing L & Ellison GT (2014) Improving maternal health in Pakistan: toward a deeper understanding of the social determinants of poor women's access to maternal health services. American Journal of Public Health, 104 Suppl 1, S17-S24.

Mir G, Salway S et al. (2012) Principles for research on ethnicity and health: the Leeds Consensus Statement European Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cks028.

Salway S, Barley R, Allmark P et al. (2012) Ethnic Diversity and inequality - ethical and scientific rigour in social research Joseph Rowntree Foundation: York. ISBN: 978 1 85935 808 5.

Salway S, Platt L, Chowbey P,, Harriss K and Bayliss E. (2007) Long term ill-health, poverty and ethnicity. The Policy Press: Bristol. ISBN 978 1 86234 993 4.

Full list of publications available here