Sharon Friel


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

Prof Friel is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity.

She was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on Social Determinants of Health between 2005 and 2008. In 2014, her international peers voted her one of the world’s most influential female leaders in global health.

Sharon’s interests are in the political economy of health; governance, policy and regulatory processes related to the social determinants of health inequities, including trade and investment, food systems, urbanisation, climate change.

Her 2019 book “Climate Change and the People’s Health” highlights the importance of addressing the global consumptagenic system.

Menzies Centre for Health Governance
School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
College of Asia and the Pacific
H.C. Coombs Extension Building #8
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The Australian National University
Canberra, ACT, 0200