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Professor Susan Fairley Murray

Professor Susan Fairley Murray

  • Academics

Head of the Department of International Development

Professor of Health, Society and Development.

Research subject areas

  • International development
  • Medicine
  • Policy

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Professor Susan Fairley Murray is Head of the Department of International Development, where she is a Professor of Health, Society and Development, and leads on its health policy and systems research and teaching. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist working at the interface of Sociology, Public Health and International Development Studies.

After reading sociology and politics at the University of Edinburgh, Susan trained and worked in healthcare in the UK and Nicaragua. She then returned to academia and has held academic and research posts at the University of Edinburgh, the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital (University College London), the HLSP Institute, and King’s College London.

She holds a PhD in Social Policy from Royal Holloway, University of London, and has been a visiting scholar at the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales e Historia, Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. She also has a longstanding collaboration with the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.


Susan's research examines how health systems can generate or prevent health and wider social goals. This work has addressed questions related to poverty and access to healthcare, neoliberalisation and the commercialisation of healthcare, globalisation and the healthcare economy, the social organisation of healthcare, and maternal and reproductive health policy. 



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See Susan's research profile