Sarah Hanson

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  • 2.12 Edith Cavell Building

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Key Research Interests

My primary research focus is preventative health and poverty, working closely with community partners. This includes research and commissioned work such as food and housing insecurity (including hoarding), health literacy (e.g. in cancer prevention)  and working with under-researched groups. I am especially interested in taking as Asset Based approach to Communtiy Development and focusing on what makes us well (salutogenesis). 


Research Group or Lab Membership

I am deputy lead of Theme 1 - Behaviour, Inequalities and Health at the Norwich Institute of Healthy Ageing 

I am part of the SCORES project an independent research study designed to better understand the cognitive health of athletes as they age. Our current focus is former professional footballers.

I lead the Early Career Researchers group in The School of Health Sciences.


I am a research adviser to the Howard League for Penal Reform. Currently we are particularly interested in mild traumatic head injury in women in the justice system and palliative care in prisons.

I am interested in Green Health and Wellbeing and green Social Prescribing and give research advice to the Norfolk Green Care Network

I am actively involved in public engagement and the promotion of science contributing to local events such as Norwich Science Festival, Pint of Science and local media. 

Teaching Interests

Qualitative methods, including visual and creative methods

Various PhD Professional Development Research methods

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Norwich Medical School

11 Jan 201326 Jan 2016

Award Date: 21 Jul 2016

University of East Anglia

Award Date: 22 Jun 2011

Master of Education, University of East Anglia

… → 2011

Award Date: 2 Mar 2011


  • Behavioural and Implementation Science
  • Nutrition & Preventive Medicine
  • Public Health, Health Services & Primary Care

Media Expertise

  • Public Health

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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