SKAPE member Kat Smith wins prestigious BMA Book award
10 Oct 2016
A book edited by Kat Smith, one of the founding members of SKAPE and a Reader in the Global Public Health Unit in Social Policy, and her colleagues Sarah Hill (GPHU) and Clare Bambra (Durham University) was recently awarded First Prize in the BMA 2016 Book Awards Public Health category.
The book, Health Inequalities: Critical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2016), takes stock of the UK's experiences of health inequalities research and policy to date, reflecting on the lessons we might learn from post-1997 efforts to reduce health inequalities. While focusing primarily on the UK, the book also includes chapters providing other Northern European, Northern American and LMIC perspectives. It goes on to identify emergent research and policy topics, exploring the perspectives of actors working in a range of professional settings (some of whom have contributed chapters) on these agendas. Finally, the book considers potential ways of improving the links between health inequalities research, policy and practice, making a strong case for moving beyond ideas about evidence-based policy towards those focusing on advocacy and public engagement.