Professor Sharon Friel

Project Lead

Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. She was Director of RegNet from 2014 to 2019. Professor Friel is also Co-Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Health Equity.

From 2005 to 2008, Professor Friel was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) for the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

She is known for her research into the role of policy, governance and structural factors – such as trade and investment, urbanisation, food systems and climate change – in health inequities.