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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 broadly encompass 'public control over the wider determinants of health'. This includes 'access to information' and 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

Award Date: 5 Dec 2003

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

  • 7 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 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 journalArticle

Open Access
  • An innovative approach to evaluation: theory-informed, ‘expected versus actual’, evaluation of educational practice used in a public health parenting programme

    Thomas, J., Shah, N., Rehill, N. & Vohra, S., 18 Sep 2019, In : International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health. 3, 3, p. 74-81 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Health

    Thomas, J. & Vohra, S., 30 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) Social Problems in the UK: an introduction. Isaacs, S. (ed.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

    The Nexus Between Obesity, Health and Social Care Needs for Older Adults: a literature review

    Ghosh, G., Khan, H. & Thomas, J., 18 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Illness, Crisis & Loss. 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 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 journalArticle

    Open Access