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Ms Linda Marks

Senior Research Fellow

BA Hons; MSc

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Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Public Policy & Health +44 (0) 191 33 40703


Linda Marks has been Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy and Health since September 2001. Her background is in medical sociology, health policy analysis and the organisation of primary care. She was a Non-Executive Director of NHS Darlington from 2007-11 and advised WHO European Region on their public health action plan, approved by Member States in September 2012. She has also recently contributed to a resource on governance for health equity and the social determinants of health for WHO (European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice).

Linda's previous experience includes a ten year association with the King's Fund, where she was a Fellow in Health Policy Analysis. She has also worked in the NHS, as a primary care planner in an inner London health authority, as a lecturer in primary health care and as an independent consultant. Her research interests include governance, priority-setting, public health policy and inequalities in health: she has recently completed ‘Governance, Commissioning and Public Health’ published by Policy Press in July 2014, which draws on a NIHR-funded study, ‘Public health governance and primary care delivery' for which she was principal investigator. Linda is also co-investigator on a School for Public Health Research-funded study on prioritising public health investment.

Research Projects

  • Performance Assessment and 'wicked issues': the case of inequalities


Authored book

  • Marks, L (Published). Governance, Commissioning and Public Health. Policy Press.
  • Hunter, David J., Marks, Linda & Smith, Katherine E. (2010). The Public Health System in England. Bristol: The Policy Press.

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Marks, Linda (Forthcoming). Accountability for social determinants of health & health equity. In Governance for Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health – A Companion Resource to Support National Review. Brown, C et al WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice.

Journal Article


  • Marks, Linda, Hunter, David & Alderslade, Richard (2011). Strengthening Public health capacity and services in Europe: A Concept Note. WHO Europe and Durham University. on-line.
  • Marks, Linda & Hunter, David J (2007). Social Enterprises and the NHS. Changing Patterns of Ownership and Accountability. London: UNISON.
  • Marks, Linda & Hunter, David J (2005). Practice-based commissioning. Policy into practice. Medical Management Services.

Other (Print)

  • Marks, Linda (2007). Mapping review of interventions designed to reduce premature mortality in disadvantaged areas.
  • Marks, Linda (2006). Health Improvement Programmes and Tackling Inequalities in Northern and Yorkshire Region.
  • Marks, Linda (2005). Overview of practice collections. Review for the Health Development Agency.
  • Marks, Linda (2005). Effective Practice and Public Health. History and Terminology. Review for the Health Development Agency.
  • Marks, Linda (2002). Evidence based practice in tackling inequalities in health. Report of a research and development project.
  • Marks, Linda (2001). Addressing health inequalities in County Durham and Darlington. A research and development project.
  • Marks, Linda, Hunter, David J, Jessop, A & Miller, S (2001). Assessing the evidence. A scoping paper. Report for the Health Development Agency.