Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. Professor Friel is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, an ANU Public Policy Fellow and an Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) Policy Advisor.
She is also Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy ANU and Co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity. She held an inaugural Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the interface between health equity, food systems and climate change, based at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU. Between 2005 and 2008 she was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on Social Determinants of Health.
Sharon’s interests are in the political economy of health; governance, policy and regulation in relation to the social determinants of health inequities, including trade and investment, food systems, and climate change.