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Scholarly biography

Dr Jane Thomas is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a Qualified Educational Supervisor in Public Health. She has worked as an NHS Consultant in Public Health, as Joint Acting Director of Public Health and at a senior level in health promotion, education, training and research.

She has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has an Honorary Contract with Public Health England.

Her first degree was in Philosophy with Psychology (University of Sussex). She took an MSc in Politics and Sociology (Birkbeck College, University of London). She then completed a PhD on policy to reduce inequalities in health (London School of Economics and Political Science).



Research interests

Her research interests encompass public control over the wider determinants of health, including access to information.

This includes UK public health policy implemented in settings such as workplaces and local government.

Her interests are influenced by World Health Organization strategy, e.g. the Ottawa Charter (1986) and the Helsinki Statement (2014: 2-3,9). The latter document calls for safeguards to protect policies from distortion by commercial and vested interests; transparent policy making and access to information; participation of wider society in the development and implementation of government policy; and environmental sustainability. 

She is currently researching public views on privatisation, public health and NHS leadership, local councils' policy and visibility, and sustainable tourism.

Supervisory Interests

She is interested in supervising PhDs on health policy, public access to information, policy on climate change and key UK public health programme areas, including work to address inequalities in health and work in local government.

She is currently first supervisor for a doctorate on midwives providing contraception advice.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The London School of Economics and Political Science

External positions

Honorary contract, Public Health England

2018 → …

External examiner, University of Sheffield

2018 → …

Fellow Faculty of Public Health

2005 → …

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 5 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Analysing and evaluating websites: locating public health within an international multi-disciplinary review of published research

Thomas, J. & Tunney, S., 15 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health. 3, 2, p. 43-54

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
public health
health promotion
sustainable development
social responsibility

Accountable Care? An analysis of national reporting on local health and social care service integration

Tunney, S. & Thomas, J., 27 Nov 2018, In : Social Theory and Health. 17, 3, p. 331-347

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A resolution to change: democratic processes influencing public control over environments

Thomas, J. & Vohra, S., 31 Jan 2018, Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live. Cairns, G., Jones, M., Rice, L. & Meraz, F. (eds.). AMPS, p. 229-236 (AMPS Proceedings Series 11).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Pedagogy in motion: drafting resolutions and holding debates

Thomas, J., 2018, In : New Vistas. p. 30-35 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
public health

Public access to NHS financial information: from a freedom of information regime to full open-book governance?

Tunney, S. & Thomas, J., 25 Feb 2015, In : Social Theory and Health. 13, 2, p. 116-140

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

freedom of information
open channel
health service