School of Health in Social Science

Marisa de Andrade

I’m a Lecturer in Health, Science and Society at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Health in Social Science and Associate Director for the Centre in Creative-Relational Inquiry.

I have significant expertise in health policy and practice with a focus on inequalities using traditional and innovative methodologies. As PI and researcher on several grants funded by Cancer Research UK, NHS, Public Health England, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control amongst others, my applied research critically investigates private-sector involvement in policymaking alongside bottom-up community-driven approaches in the policy formation process. I’ve been advisor and consultant to bodies including the World Health Organization in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. I’m Programme Director on a proposed MSc in Health Humanities and Arts at the University of Edinburgh, which we hope to launch in 2018. A trained and experienced broadcast journalist, presenter and performing artist, I have used radio, theatre and music in my research and knowledge exchange alongside traditional academic approaches to health policy and management. I was supervised, mentored and part of the team led by Prof Gerard Hastings OBE at the Institute for Social Marketing that was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2013 for ground-breaking research into the impact of alcohol, tobacco and junk food marketing on children’s health which has widely influenced national and international policies.


Measuring Humanity
Measuring Humanity is a co-produced asset-based indicator framework to ‘measure’ changes in health, wellbeing and inequalities through creative community engagement.

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