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Hilary Graham, CBE, FBA
Professor, Health Sciences



Hilary Graham has a background in sociology and social policy. Prior to coming to the Department of Health Sciences at York, she held positions at Lancaster University and the University of Warwick.

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 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 coordinates 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. Follow this link for the 2021 Lancet Countdown report. Earlier Countdown reports can be found pn the Lancet Countdown website.

Hilary is an Associate Director of the new ESRC Centre for Climate and Social Transformations (CAST) led by the University of Cardiff.

Research concerned with social inequalities in health.

Hilary Graham has led a range of research programmes, including the Department of Health Public Health Research Consortium (2005-11). She is a Co-Investigator in the 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). 

Other activities

Hilary was a member of the Social Policy and Social Work Panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, as well as a number of previous Research Assessment Exercises, 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



Hilary's current research interests focus on the social and health implications of climate change, including implications for future generations (children's future lives and the lives of those yet to be born). She also continues her research interests in public health and social inequalities.



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Professor Hilary Graham
Professor, Health Sciences

Tel: 01904 32(1349)