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Mr Benjamin Barr PhD

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Applied Public Health Research Public Health and Policy

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    I am a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Applied Public Health. My research focuses on using natural experiments to evaluate the health inequalities impact of local and national social, welfare, economic and health policies. I have a particular interest in research that enables local government to promote health equity by addressing the social determinants of health. My recent research has included assessing the health inequalities impact of NHS resource allocation policy and the English health inequalities strategy, demonstrating the link between welfare reforms and adverse mental health outcomes and showing how offering free access to local authority leisure facilities can help reduce inequalities in physical activity.

    Between 2010 to 2015 I was a NIHR Research Fellow and NHS Consultant in Public Health. Prior to this I studied anthropology as an undergraduate at University College London, trained and worked as a nurse and undertook post graduate studies in public health and epidemiology at LSHTM and the University of Liverpool. After a number of years working on humanitarian and infectious disease control programmes in post-conflict countries, I returned to work in applied public health in the UK for the NHS and Health Protection Agency before taking up an academic post.

    Personal Distinctions

    • NIHR Doctoral Fellowhip (Competitive Fellowship, NIHR 2010)

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