Susan Fairley Murray is Head of the Department of International Development, where she is 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. Her 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, neoliberalization and the commercialisation of healthcare, globalisation and the healthcare economy, the social organisation of healthcare, and maternal and reproductive health policy. She teaches on sociological theory, health and development and social research methods.
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 (UCL), the HLSP Institute, and King’s College London. She holds a PhD in Social Policy from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is currently writing a book about healthcare under Chilean neoliberalization and is visiting scholar at the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales e Historia, Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile.