Jennie Popay

Jennie Popay is a Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Lancaster University where she directs the Centre for Health Inequalities Research.  Jennie has worked as a teacher, policymakers, and researcher in the UK, East Africa, and New Zealand.  Her research interests include the social determinants of health and health equitythe evaluation of place-based policies/interventionscommunity empowerment; and the sociology of knowledge. Her current research includes the Communities in Control Study – a longitudinal evaluation of a Lottery funded community empowerment initiative – and a program of work developing and evaluating local authority place-based community approaches to addressing health inequalities. She previously evaluated the impact on health inequalities of community involvement in the New Deal for Communities regeneration initiative; contributed research evidence for the NICE guidance on community involvement engagement; and has produced an online resource to support researchers to involve the public in their research ( She is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for WHO EURO’s Health Equity Status Report initiative and was previously Deputy Director of the NIHR School of Public Health Research and Co-ordinator of the Global Social Exclusion Knowledge Network supporting the Marmot Commission on Social Determinants of Health. She has held a number of public appointments including Commissioner on the Commission on Patient and Public Involvement in Health and inaugural chair of the national charity The People’s Health Trust.