Trained in biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge, nutritional sciences at Cornell University and epidemiology at the University of California-Berkeley, Kate spent 4 years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, before returning to the UK; she is now Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York.
Kate’s research focuses on the social determinants of health, including the influences of such factors as social class, income inequality, neighbourhood context and ethnic density on such varied outcomes as mortality and morbidity, teenage birth, obesity, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and health-related behaviours. With Richard Wilkinson, she was awarded a 2013 Solidar Silver Rose Prize and they co-authored the bestselling book ‘The Spirit Level’, chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by the New Statesman, winner of 2012 Publication of the Year from the Political Studies Association and the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize – now translated into 23 languages and is the basis of a forthcoming documentary feature film.
Kate was a UK NIHR Career Scientist from 2007-2012; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce and a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health. Her research has been funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, and National Institute for Health Research, as well as the US National Institutes of Health.
Kate is a co-founder and director of The Equality Trust, She served on the Expert Panel of the UK High Pay Commission and sits on the Scientific Council of the EU network Inequality Watch, the Scientific Board of Progressive Economy, and is a Member of the Human Capital Research Working Group of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. She was a Commissioner on the York Fairness Commission, and has been appointed as Commissioner to the UK Living Wage Commission.