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CeASR Global Inequalities Lecture- Healthy public policy-making: people, ideas, systems, and politics

Speaker: Dr Patrick Harris, Senior Research Fellow, NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School

Despite extensive evidence of the health impact of public policies there is limited research into how public policy incorporates that evidence. Developing policy action to take on what have become known as the ‘determinants of health’ has been hampered by this.

In political science there is a rich history of research into what policy is as well as the institutions that influence it. In social science generally over the past 20 years there have been great leaps in theory based research to develop theoretically informed explanations about why and how phenomena occur, under what conditions, and with which effects or outcomes.

For healthy public policy research this combination of political science and theory based evaluation is opening up novel approaches to understanding the conditions under which policies create health or health inequities. Conceptually this focusses attention on how actors, ideas, structures and processes interplay at various points of the policy cycle. Using these essential categories it is then possible to bring in insight from additional theory, for instance political economy and power, to deepen explanations about whether, and why, policies are ‘healthy’ or not.

Patrick will discuss these core ideas with examples and findings from his currently funded program of research investigating the inclusion of health at multiple levels of a land use planning system in Australia. He will also discuss the implications of this political analysis for policy advocacy and the use of processes like health impact assessment.

Patrick Harris is a senior research fellow and Australian National Health and Medical Research Centre fellow at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Sydney University, Australia. He holds a PhD in health and public policy, a Masters in Public Health (and a BaHons in Social Psychology from Sussex University). His research interests include health and health equity as cross cutting public policy issues, specifically within urban and regional planning and infrastructure, and the use of impact assessment to improve public health. In the early part of his career he supported capacity building to conduct health impact assessments, supporting over 40 HIAs and training 1000’s of people in Australia and internationally. His more recent research career has focussed on understanding policy making and political institutions. He has over 85 publications across his career including 40 journal articles. He has been chief investigator in research funding of over Aus$4 million, and has regularly consulted for and collaborates with government and non-government agencies including the World Health Organisation.

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