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Amy Jane Elizabeth Barnes


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I am an experienced, interdisciplinary, public health research and policy specialist. I am passionate about working in participatory ways with voluntary sector organisations, civil society groups, and government in the UK and internationally; including on 'real-time' community-based participatory research and developmental evaluation to support learning about community-led action and initiatives to address inequality.

I am particularly interested in community power, participation and influence as a determinant of health; everyday spaces for addressing inequality; and issues of inclusion and marginalisation in public health policy.

I have worked on a range of public health topics and initiatives: community empowerment and community health promotion work, timebanking (community currency), co-production in local commissioning, involving people in creating a more inclusive economy, global health aid funding and partnerships, prevention of modern slavery and exploitation, government action to improve food environments (including trade policy), scale up of access to maternal health care.

Prior to working in York, Amy was a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield and Sheffield Director of the European Public Health (EPH) programme, with a consortium of 7 other European universities.


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • JA Political science (General)
  • Policy
  • G Geography (General)

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