Melanie Bartley

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Melanie Jane Bartley, FBA, is a medical sociologist and retired academic. She was Professor of Medical Sociology at University College London from 2001 to 2012.

Career and research[edit]

Bartley completed her undergraduate studies in sociology and philosophy at the University of Reading. After several years of research, she completed a master of science degree in medical sociology at Bedford College, London, and worked outside of academia for a number of years, including time as a research assistant at the British Regional Heart Study. She then completed a doctorate at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Adrian Sinfield; her PhD was awarded in 1988 for her thesis "Unemployment and health 1975–1987: a case study in the relationship between research and policy debate". She eventually took up a position at University College London in 1996; she was appointed to a personal chair in medical sociology in 2001; she retired in 2012 but remains at UCL as an emeritus professor as of 2018.[1][2]

According to her British Academy profile, Bartley specialises in "unemployment, social inequality, gender and other social determinants of health over the life course".[3] In a book review for the International Journal of Epidemiology, Mary Shaw described Bartley as one of the "key researchers, who is an intellectual force, in the field of health inequalities ... [she] has played a distinguished role in this field for a number of years".[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2015, Bartley was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Authorities and Partisans: The Debate on Unemployment and Health (Edinburgh University Press, 1992).
  • Health Inequality: An Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Methods (Polity Press, 2003).
  • Work, Non-Work, Job Satisfaction and Psychological Health: Evidence Review (Health Development Agency, 2005).


  1. ^ "Prof Mel Bartley", University College London. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Unemployment and health 1975-1987 : a case study in the relationship between research and policy debate / by M.J. Bartley.", DiscoverEd: University of Edinburgh Library Catalogue (University of Edinburgh). Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Professor Melanie Bartley", British Academy. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  4. ^ Mary Shaw, "Review: Health Inequality: An Introduction to Theories, Concepts and Methods", International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 34, no. 2 (2005), pp. 500–502.