Skip to main content
University of Bath

Social Determinants of Health theme research output

View examples of our work and select publications from the members of the Social Determinants of Health theme in the Department of Economics.

Member contributions

Dr Jonathan James, Dr Joanna Clifton-Sprigg, Dr Kerry Papps and Dr Eleonora Fichera have organised the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) conference in 2019 which facilitates exchange and communication of ideas across researchers from European and other countries across the globe.

Dr Eleonora Fichera has organised the South West Health Economists’ Study Group workshop in 2018. This has then led the Department of Economics at the University of Bath to be a member of the newly instituted South West Academic Network of Health Economists (SWAN-HE), a collaboration between health economists at the University of Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Cardiff.

Health behaviours

Our work in this area

We investigate the causes and consequences of risky health behaviours. We evaluate policies that directly or indirectly affect health behaviours.

Dr Jonathan James has organised the Economics of health behaviours and health information workshop at Pall Mall (London), a two-day event bringing together new research from across the world, as academic researchers present new studies on responses to messaging around health issues, from healthy eating and exercise to blood pressure. 

Recent grant funded research explored the Effect of a tailored health warning on socio-economics behaviour and health outcomes.

Our work has appeared as part of a policy brief published by University of Bristol on nutritional labelling. Related research on sugar taxes in Wired.  

Publications

  Selected recent publications:

Environment

Our work in this area

We are interested in how the socio-economic, built and natural environment affects health and wellbeing. Our approach brings together health and environmental economics with the social, environmental, engineering and political sciences.

We are a key partner of multimillion pounds consortium Tackling the root causes upstream of unhealthy urban development decision-making (TRUUD).   

Publications

Selected recent publications:

Mental health and wellbeing

Our work in this area

  We are interested in the measurement of mental health and wellbeing as well as the causes and consequences of poor mental health.

We examine:

  • the relation between economic resources and wellbeing
  • measurement and validation of mental health indicators
  • the political and economic consequences of poor mental health
  • the relation between physical and mental health

Publications

  Selected recent publications:

Healthcare policies

Our work in this area

Dr Eleonora Fichera has jointly organised with the Institute of Policy Research the Health Policy webinar series which explores the role of health policies during the pandemic. The series has hosted speakers from think-tanks and charities such as the:

  • Health Foundation
  • King’s Fund
  • Office for Health Economics

Recent grant funded work includes the evaluation of performance based financing in Sub-Saharan Africa (PEMBA) and of an early cancer diagnosis programme in Cwm Taf.  

Publications

  Selected recent publications: