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Kate Pickett
Professor of Epidemiology



Kate trained in biological anthropology at Cambridge, nutritional sciences at Cornell and epidemiology at UC-Berkeley. She is currently Professor of Epidemiology, Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health and Associate Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, all at the University of York.  Kate is a Fellow of the RSA and a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health. She is co-author, with Richard Wilkinson, of the worldwide best-selling The Spirit Level (2009) and The Inner Level (2018). The Spirit Level was awarded Publication of the Year by the Political Studies Association, chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by the New Statesman, and one of the top 100 books of the century by the Guardian. She is a co-founder and trustee of The Equality Trust.


  • BA (Hons) 
  • MS 
  • PhD


Research group(s)


  • Kate supervises students interested in the social determinants of health and health inequalities

External activities


Invited talks and conferences

  • Invited by the King of Bhutan to take part in a United Nations project based around the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), February 2013.
  • 138 keynote addresses since 2009, including in UK, USA, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Italy and Germany. 

Kate Pickett

Contact details

Professor Kate Pickett
Professor of Epidemiology

Tel: 01904 32(1377)