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Research Interests

  • Public health with a specific focus on children and youth, and, across the life course (intergenerational)
  • Social and political determinants of health and health equity
  • Education as a determinant of health
  • Housing as a determinant of health
  • Tackling a broad range of contemporary complex public policy issues
  • Interdisciplinary research approach, including applying a political science lens
  • Seeking innovative solutions (transdisciplinary) and addressing the UN sustainable development goals

Research Profile

Associate Professor Clare Littleton is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Healthy Sustainable Development (Acting) at Torrens University Australia.

She undertakes research in the area of public health with a specific focus on children, the social and political determinants of health, health equity, education, and public policy. Her research focusses on addressing complex policy issues through cross disciplinary research, specifically public health and political science. Through her research, Clare aims to bring about social change, address equity issues, and contribute to addressing the UN's sustainable development goals.

Clare also teaches across a range of different topics in the Master of Public Health (MPH) at Torrens University including the social and political determinants of health, health policy and advocacy, qualitative research methods, and Capstone research projects. She is currently the subject lead for the Health Policy and Advocacy Course in the MPH. Clarr is also involved in curriculum development and recently, wrote the new Health Policy and Advocacy topic.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health & Political Science, PhD, A cross-disciplinary study on formulating child health policy with a focus on the social determinants of health – an Australian perspective, Flinders University

1 Sept 201217 Dec 2019

Award Date: 17 Dec 2020

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