Sharon Friel has been a public health academic since 1992. In January 2010 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the interface between health equity, social determinants and climate change, based at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. She is an honorary Reader at University College London (UCL). Between 2005 and 2008 she was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (UCL) for the World Health Organisation’s global Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Before moving to Australia, she worked for many years in the Department of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Sharon is interested in complex systems and how they affect health inequities. Her research is policy focussed and in areas of global health equity; social determinants of health; climate change and health equity; food systems and food security; socio-environmental determinants of non-communicable diseases, and urbanisation and health equity. She is co-founder and chair of the Global Action for Health Equity Network (HealthGAEN), a global alliance concerned with research, training, policy and advocacy related to action in the social and environmental determinants of health equity, and currently leads the Asia Pacific Review of Action in the Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Inequities.