Career and research
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.
According to her British Academy profile, Bartley specialises in "unemployment, social inequality, gender and other social determinants of health over the life course". 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".
Awards and honours
- 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).
- "Prof Mel Bartley", University College London. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
- "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.
- "Professor Melanie Bartley", British Academy. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
- Mary Shaw, "Review: Health Inequality: An Introduction to Theories, Concepts and Methods", International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 34, no. 2 (2005), pp. 500–502.