School of Social and Political Science

Eleanor Brooks

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Lecturer in Health Policy

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22 George Square

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Research interests

Global health, Global Health Policy, Global health governance, policy tools in global health governance, european public health policy, European Union, Europeanization, European Union public policy

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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, coordinator UACES Research Network on EU Health Governance and member of the Young Gastein Forum.  

Latest publications

Greer, de Ruijter and Brooks (2021) ‘The COVID-19 pandemic: Failing forward in public health’ in Riddervold, Trondal and Newsome (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of European Union Crisis, Palgrave.

Brooks, de Ruijter and Greer (2021) ‘COVID-19 and EU health policy: From crisis to collective action’ in Vanhercke, Spasova and Fronteddu (eds) Social Policy in the European Union: State of Play 2020, ETUI.

Brooks and Geyer (2020) ‘The development of EU health policy and the Covid-19 pandemic: trends and implications’, Journal of European Integration 42(8): 1057-1076. 

Current research projects

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, Global Health Policy Unit, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

  • 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.
  • Research team of postdoctoral research fellow (30 months) and Co-I from Maynooth Law School, Ireland. Project partners include European Public Health Alliance (Brussels). Visiting Fellowship supported by the Centre for European Research in Maastricht. 

Coordinator Research Network EU Health Governance

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, 2022), 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: Global Politics of Public Health, Population Health and Health Policy, Infectious Diseases and Global Governance, Researching Health Policy, Global and International Social Policy and European Social Policy

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