Dr Hannah Fairbrother PhD MACantab PgDipHE BMedSci


Hannah Fairbrother

The School of Nursing & Midwifery
Office located at:
Barber House Annexe
3a Clarkehouse Road
Sheffield S10 2LA

T: 0114 2222044

E: h.fairbrother@sheffield.ac.uk


I completed my PhD in Public Health at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), Sheffield in 2013 under the supervision of Professor Liddy Goyder and Professor Penny Curtis. I was appointed as a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the same year.


My research focuses on the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. I am particularly interested in socioeconomic inequalities in health - how they are experienced, generated and maintained and how policies can help to reduce inequalities. This stems from my upbringing in Sheffield, a city of contrasts in both health and wealth, visiting family in Anfield, Liverpool and through voluntary work in Cambridge with young mothers and with children in a disadvantaged area of Paris.

I have worked with the ScHARR Public Health Collaborating Centre to produce guidance for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) regarding the efficacy of interventions to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable children (aged 0-5).
My PhD explored how children make sense of food in their daily lives and how they understand the relationship between food and health. I worked with children and parents in socioeconomically contrasting neighbourhoods. The study highlighted the importance children attach to their families in terms of their health-related understandings and practices. It also demonstrated the myriad sources which children draw upon, engage with and critique in forming their health-related understandings, ideas and motivations and how these may differ between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. I am interested in employing the concept of health literacy, explored very little with regards to children, to further our understanding of how children access, interact with and create meaning in relation to health messages.

Recently funded projects

Member of Staff Principal Investigator Sponsor Title Dates
Fairbrother, H Swallow, V White Rose Fostering and sustaining UK multidisciplinary family-focused care across the life-course: A White Rose collaboration in long-term condition management 2016
Fairbrother, H Blank, L Joseph Rowntree Foundation Relationship between poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression across the life course 2015-16
Fairbrother, H Fairbrother, H Impact, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IIKE) University of Sheffield, All About Me: making sense of health messages in a hands-on exhibition space 2015
Fairbrother, H Fairbrother, H Research Exchange for the Social Sciences (RESS), University of Sheffield All About Collaboration: co-producing impact with a community partner 2015


I enjoy teaching and endeavour to integrate learning from and enthusiasm for my research into my teaching practice. I have taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students using face-to-face, distance and blended learning modes.

I have recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which has helped me to critically reflect upon my teaching and engage with contemporary understandings of teaching and learning. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am currently involved in teaching related to Families in Heath and Social Care, Health Inequalities, Health Promotion, Ethics in Practice, Evidence Based Practice and I act as the year lead for BMedSci in Health and Human Sciences.

I am interested in supervising students in my research areas and would welcome students contacting me.


Key Publications

Journal articles