Sarah Hanson

Dr, Dr

  • 2.12 Edith Cavell Building

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Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

Exercise During COVID-19, Health Benefits, Health Sciences, Exercise, Health Inequalities

Academic Background

My primary research focus is preventative health and poverty, and I work closely with community organisations. I am especially interested in taking as Asset Based approach to Communtiy Development and focusing on what makes us well (salutogenesis). This includes work around poverty, inequalities and cancer prevention.

My recent work includes a  Cancer Research UK funded exploratory study on cancer risk amongst women who have suffered domestic abuse and are in the justice system. I am continuing this work generously funded by BigC, our local cancer charity, to develop a walking group based intervention which aims to increase the women’s health literacy around cancer prevention in a novel format. I am also continuing my mixed methods research working as a co-investigator on an Alzheimer’s Research UK funded study (MedEx-UK) aiming for dietary and physical activity behaviour change amongst participants at increased risk of dementia. In 2019 I was awarded funding from NIHR Public Health to explore taking a Community Asset Based approach to physical activity among more marginalised and inactive groups. 

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.

My partnership working includes Active Norfolk, Macmillan Cancer Support, Norfolk County Council and 4Women at Home Group (Housing association) and Norwich Foodbank. My current partnership work with Norwich City Council is on housing and hoarding behaviours

I teach across the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences on preventative health and public health. I lead the post-graduate Introduction to Research Methods - Qualitative Research Methods.

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. 

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. I am adviser to the Norfolk Green Care Network One of our interests is 'Green Social prescribing'


Key Research Interests

My primary focus is community based preventative health, poverty and inequalities.


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

Media Expertise

  • Exercise
  • Sport
  • Covid
  • Public Health


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