Hilary Graham, CBE, FBA
Professor, Health Sciences

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Hilary Graham has a background in sociology and social policy. She has a track-record of research on 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. 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.

She 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), which informs the evidence base to improve health and tackle health inequalities. She 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. She is part of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change and is leading the group tracking public and political engagement in health and climate change and is also a Co-Investigator in the new NIHR Public Health Policy Research Unit (2019-2024).

Hilary Graham’s books include Unequal Lives: Health and Socioeconomic Inequalities (Open University Press, 2007) and Understanding Health Inequalities (Open University Press, 2010). She is also 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.


  • 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 environmental change and public health, health behaviour and behaviour change, and socioeconomic inequalities in health.



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Prof. Hilary Graham
Professor, Health Sciences

Tel: 01904 32(1349)