CMIST afternoon seminar: Why are social inequalities in health stronger in some countries than in others?
|Starts:||16:00 1 Dec 2015|
|Ends:||17:30 1 Dec 2015|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Dr Tim Huijts|
Although social inequalities in health exist in all societies worldwide, the degree of these inequalities varies spatially, and notable differences exist across countries. This implies that social inequalities in health are not inevitable, and that there is potential to considerably reduce health inequalities. Moreover, these differences are often contrary to expectations: for example, the Scandinavian welfare states do not always have the smallest health inequalities. In this seminar, I present data on social inequalities in health in Europe from the new ESS module on social determinants of health. Additionally, I review research that has tested why social inequalities in health vary cross-nationally, using recent examples from my own work. Finally, I discuss main gaps in this line of research. I argue that comparative research on health inequalities would benefit from stronger links to social theory, and discuss the contribution of the new NORFACE-funded HiNews project in making these links.
Dr Tim Huijts
Role: Lecturer in Global Public Health
Organisation: Queen Mary University of London
Travel and Contact Information
Humanities Bridgeford Street