Hilary Graham, CBE, FBA
Professor, Health Sciences



Hilary Graham has a background in sociology and social policy. She has a track-record of research concerned with social inequalities in health, with a particular focus on health-related behaviours. Her current research is exploring the implications of climate change for people's health and everyday lives. 

Research concerned with social inequalities in health.

Hilary Graham has led a range of research programmes, including the ESRC Health Variations Programme (1996-2001), which investigated the links between social and health inequalities, and the Department of Health Public Health Research Consortium (2005-11). She has continued to be a collaborator in the Public Health Research Consortium (2011-19) and is a Co-Investigator in the new NIHR Public Health Policy Research Unit (2019-2024, led by LSHTM).

Her books include Unequal Lives: Health and Socioeconomic Inequalities (Open University Press, 2007) and Understanding Health Inequalities (Open University Press, 2010). 

Research concerned with climate change and people's health.

Hilary Graham is part of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change, funded by the Wellcome Trust and led by UCL (2018-23). She leads the Countdown group tracking public and political engagement in health and climate change. She is an author for the series of reports published as part of the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change: Policy Responses to Protect Public Health.

She is a Co-Investigator in the new ESRC Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) led by the University of Cardiff.

Other activities

Hilary was a member of the Social Policy and Social Work Panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and has served as Vice-Chair of the ESRC Research Committee. Hilary received a CBE for services to social science in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2014 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2016.


  • PhD Sociology, University of York
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of York
  • MA Sociology, University of York
  • BA Sociology, University of York



Current research interests include public health (health behaviour and behaviour change; social inequalities in health) and climate change, health and people's lives.



Research group(s)


Selected publications

  • Graham et al. (2019) Flood- and weather-damaged homes and mental health: An analysis using England's Mental Health Survey https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183256
  • Graham et al. (2019) Willingness to pay for policies to reduce future deaths from climate change: evidence from a British survey https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2019.06.001
  • Smith et al. (2019) Associations between active travel and diet: cross-sectional evidence on healthy, low-carbon behaviours from UK Biobank http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030741
  • A report on adults who engage in little physical activity and eat little fruit and vegetables (funded by PHRC) Report (PDF , 1,890kb) (This report should be opened in Adobe Acrobat to see the associated tables)

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External activities


Hilary Graham

Contact details

Prof. Hilary Graham
Professor, Health Sciences

Tel: 01904 32(1349)