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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Dr Sarah Steele is a Senior Research Associate, as well as Deputy Director of the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College, Cambridge. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, as well as a BA, LLB (Hons), MA and PGCAP. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Royal Society of Arts.

Sarah is the Deputy Director of the Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, which is aimed at covering the widest range of academic interests. Having held posts at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Oxford, amongst other institutions in the UK, USA and Australia, Sarah is an experienced lecturer and researcher specialising in policy and public health analysis, as well as legal, qualitative, and ethnographic research.


Sarah’s research sits at the interface of Law, Criminology, International Relations, Politics, Sociology, and Public Health. Her work explores how we affect social change around issues that traverse borders to impact upon people's wellbeing in contemporary society. 

Unifying around national policy responses to cross-border issues, her research has considered such topics as modern slavery and human trafficking, the trade in body products and organs, and death and suicide tourism. With the digital turn, she has also considered the growing use of social media by health and other professionals in responding to global health issues, clicktivism, and technology use and misuse in improving our well-being. 

Sarah also works passionately on issues around public health and nutrition research and funding, working to explore the commercial determinants of health, including food, beverage, tobacco and now tech industry funding. Her collaborations have resulted publications that have prompted widespread media coverage and even investigative followup around the world. 

Dr Sarah  Steele

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