Dr Katie Powell


Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Research Fellow

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Dr Katie Powell
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Room G045, Ground Floor
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

My commitment to the interdisciplinary study of health inequality emerges from a background in regional studies and a developed specialism in Sociology.  I originally developed an interest in social inequality through the study of race and ethnicity in the context of North America (completing an interdisciplinary BA in American and Canadian Studies at the Universities of Birmingham and California, 2003).

In 2007 I trained as a Sociologist at the University of Manchester, developing the skills to apply broader theoretical frameworks to the examination of social inequality. I joined the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester as a Researcher in February 2007 where I developed a broad range of evaluation skills in the context of community-based, policy-based and population-based interventions.

I completed a PhD in 2013 applying process sociology to understand the implementation of place-based inequality interventions.  I joined ScHARR in December 2011 as a Research Fellow in Public Health. 

Research interests

I have three major interlinked research interests.

  1. Exploring processes of inequity as they relate to health with reference to the role of place and social spaces.
  2. The implementation and evaluation of community-based health improvement interventions.
  3. Networks of social interdependency and their influence on health.

I have an interest in the ways in which reproduction of disadvantage and deprivation can be influenced by social interventions.  I am particularly interested in the ways in which health inequalities are shaped by social networks of interdependency and how this influences conceptualisations of 'place' and its relation to health. 

I have a broader interest in experiences of inequality influenced by socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender and disability. I am interested in participatory action research as a means for influencing social change.

I am currently involved in a range of projects relating to health inequality across the national School for Public Health Research funded by the National Institute for Health Research, examining children and young people's health and place-based inequalities. 

I also lead the evaluation of TimeBuilders, a time-credits system in Sheffield and am contributing to the development of community evaluation methods across the city.


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Conference proceedings papers


  • Salway S, Booth A, Such E, Hamilton J, Powell K, Preston L, Victor C & Raghavan R (2020) How can loneliness and social isolation be reduced among migrant and minority ethnic people? Systematic, participatory review of programme theories, system processes and outcomes View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • ali P, ariss S, crowder M, powell K & Cooper R (2017) Doncaster Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme: Evaluation Report View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ward F, Powell K, Thurston M & Cleary P (2008) Use and experiences of front-line health services amongst Black and Minority Ethnic residents of western Cheshire. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Powell K & Thurston M (2008) Commissioning training for behaviour change interventions: evidence and best practice in delivery. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Powell K, Perry C & Thurston M (2008) The National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Cheshire and Merseyside: perspectives of people with a sensory impairment. RIS download Bibtex download


Research group

PhD Supervision

Viola Casseti:  Asset-based approaches to promote health and reduce inequalities between neighbourhoods: A qualitative theory-based investigation of two case studies.  Funded by the University of Sheffield doctoral Academy Scholarship.

Hibbah Saeed:  An exploration of dietary practices and associated factors amongst Ghanaians living in Europe.

I am interested in supporting research students in the areas of community interventions, place-based inequalities, participatory evaluation, and the work of the community and voluntary sector organisations in the field of health.

Teaching interests

I currently teach on the Masters of Public Health within the School of Health and Related Research:

Professional activities and memberships
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016
  • Sheffield Senate Award winner (2014) for Collaborative Activities for the production of the University of Sheffield's first set of Massive Open Online Courses
  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Member of the Health Equity and Inclusion Research Group
  • Member of the Politics of Health Group Steering Group
  • Visiting Lecturer in Public Health at Hedmark University College, Norway