School of Social and Political Science

Dr Eleanor Brooks

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Lecturer in Health Policy

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22 George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Political determinants of health, EU public policy, Public administration and health, Regulatory reform, European integration and health, Public policy, Global health, Fiscal governance. 

Topics interested in supervising

Welcome enquiries about PhD projects covering any aspect of European Union health governance.

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Eleanor is a lecturer in health policy at the Global Health Policy Unit (GHPU), School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. She holds a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship for the period 2020-2024, supporting the Better Regulation for Better Health project. Eleanor is a Scientific Advisor to European Public Health Alliance, a coordinator of the UACES Research Network on EU Health Governance and an editor of the Routledge Contemporary European Studies series.  

Latest publications

Lauber and Brooks (2023) ‘Why meta-regulation matters for public health: the case of the EU Better Regulation agendaGlobalization and Health 19(70).

Hawkins et al. (2023) ‘The law of diminishing returns? The challenge of using freedom of information legislation for health policy researchCritical Policy Studies 33(4).

Brooks, Bocquillon and Maltby (2023) ‘Talkin’ bout a revolution? Institutional change in the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility: the case of climate policyJournal of Common Market Studies, online first.

Brooks et al. (2023) ‘EU health policy in the aftermath of COVID-19: neofunctionalism and crisis-driven integrationJournal of European Public Policy 30(4): 721-739.

Current research projects

Better Regulation for Better Health

  • UKRI-funded fellow and PI of Better Regulation for Better Health project. Fellowship encompasses primary research, knowledge exchange and impact, methodological training, career development and team leadership. 
  • Project explores the impact of the EU’s regulatory reform processes – the Better Regulation agenda – on health policy. Involves in-depth analysis using process tracing, corporate political activity, discourse and doctrinal analysis methods. Four health policy case studies chosen in consultation with research users. 

EU Health Governance Research Network

Funded by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) for period 2021-2024. Activities funded include EU Health Governance conference and teaching workshop (Brussels, 2023), quarterly seminar series, conference panel convenorship, subsidies for ECR network members, website and blog. 


Eleanor is on research leave from January 2021 but contributes guest lectures on the following courses in 2023/24: Institutions and Policies of the European Union, Understanding Public Policy.

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