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Ms Linda Marks, BA Hons; MSc

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

(email at linda.marks@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

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

Department of Sociology

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

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Marks, L (Published). Governance, Commissioning and Public Health. Policy Press.

Monograph

  • 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.

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

  • Liu, Dan, Mason, Anne, Marks, Linda, Davis, Howard, Hunter, David J, Jehu, Llinos Mary, Smithson, Joanne & Visram, Shelina (2019). Effects of local authority expenditure on childhood obesity. European Journal of Public Health 29(4): 785-790.
  • Hunter, DJ, Marks, L, Brown, J Scalabrini, S, Salway, S, Vale, L, Gray, J & Payne, N (2016). The potential value of priority-setting methods in public health investment decisions: qualitative findings from three English local authorities. Critical Public Health 26(5): 578-587.
  • Marks, L., Hunter, D.J., Scalabrini, S., Gray, J., McCafferty, S., Payne, N., Peckham, S., Salway, S. & Thokala, P. (2015). The return of public health to local government in England: changing the parameters of the public health prioritization debate? Public Health 129(9): 1194-1203.
  • Marks,L, Weatherly, H & Mason, A (2013). Prioritizing investment in public health and health equity: what can commissioners do? Public Health 127(5): 410-418.
  • Blackman, Tim, Harrington, Barbara, Elliott, Eva, Greene, Alex, Hunter, David J, Marks, Linda, McKee, Lorna & Williams, Gareth (2012). Framing health inequalities for local intervention: comparative case studies. Sociology of Health and Illness 34(1): 49-63.
  • Marks, Linda, Cave, S, Hunter, David J, Mason, James, Peckham, S & Wallace, A (2011). Governance for health and well-being in the English NHS. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 16(S1): 14-21.
  • Marks, Linda, Cave, S, Wallace, A, Mason, A, Hunter, David J, Mason, James & Peckham, S (2011). Incentivizing preventive services in primary care: perspectives on Local Enhanced Services. Journal of Public Health 33(4): 556-564.
  • Marks, Linda, Cave, Sally & Hunter, David J. (2010). Public health governance: views of key stakeholders. Public Health 124(1): 55-59.
  • Blackman, T., Harrington, B., Hunter, D., Marks, L., McKee, L., Greene, A., Elliott, E. & Williams, G. (2010). Wicked Comparisons: Reflections on Cross-national Research about Health Inequalities in the UK. Evaluation 16(1): 43-57.
  • Smith, K., Hunter, D., Blackman, T., Elliott, E., Greene, A., Harrington, B., Marks, L., McKee, L. & Williams, G. (2009). Divergence or Convergence? Health Inequalities and Policy in a Devolved Britain. Critical Social Policy 29(2): 216-242.
  • Harrington, B E, Smith, K E Hunter, David J , Marks, Linda , Blackman, T J, McKee, L, Greene, A Elliott, E & Williams, G H (2009). Health inequalities in England, Scotland and Wales: Stakeholders’ accounts and policy compared. Public Health 123(1): e24-28.
  • Blackman, T., Elliot, E., Green, A. Harrington, B., Smith, K., Hunter, D., Marks, L., McKee, L. & Williams, G. (2009). Tackling health inequalities in post-devolution Britain: do targets matter? Public Administration 87(4): 762 - 778.
  • Marks, Linda (2007). Fault lines between policy and practice in local partnerships. Journal of Health Organization and Management 21(2): 136-148.
  • Marks, Linda (2006). An evidence base for tackling inequalities in health: distraction or necessity? Critical Public Health 16(1): 61-72.
  • Marks, Linda, Gray, Andrew & Pearce, Sarah (2006). General practice in prisons in England. Views from the field. International Journal of Prisoner Health 2(1): 49-62.
  • Blackman, T., Elliott, E., Greene, A., Harrington, B., Hunter, D. J., Marks, L., McKee, L. & Williams, G. (2006). Performance Assessment and Wicked Problems: The Case of Health Inequalities. Public Policy and Administration 21(2): 66-80.
  • Gray, Andrew, Pearce, Sarah & Marks, Linda (2006). The training needs of doctors working in English and Welsh prisons. A survey of doctors. International Journal of Prisoner Health 2(3).
  • Marks, Linda & Hunter, David J (2005). Moving upstream or muddying the waters? Incentives for managing for health. Public Health 119(11): 974-980.

Book review

  • (2012). Public Health Policy and Politics. Journal of Social Policy 41 (01): 210-212.

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). Effective Practice and Public Health. History and Terminology. Review for the Health Development Agency.
  • Marks, Linda (2005). Overview of practice collections. Review for the Health Development Agency.

Report

  • Brown, J, Hunter, D.J, Marks, L, Salway, S, Gray, J, McCafferty, S, Payne, N, Peckham, S, Thokala, P & Vale, L (2017). Shifting the gravity of spending? Exploring methods for supporting public health commissioners in priority-setting to improve population health and address health inequalities. Report of the findings of a follow on study. Durham, Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health.
  • Brown, J, Hunter, D.J, Marks, L, Salway, S, Gray, J, McCafferty, S, Payne, N, Peckham, S, Thokala, P & Vale, L (2016). Shifting the gravity of spending? Exploring methods for supporting public health commissioners in priority-setting to improve population health and address health inequalities. Second phase interviews: report of qualitative findings. Durham, Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health.
  • Brown, J., Hunter, D.J., Marks, L., Salway, S., Gray, J., McCafferty, S., Payne, N., Peckham, S., Thokala, P. & Vale, L. (2016). Shifting the gravity of spending? Results of a national survey of selected members of Health and Wellbeing Boards. Durham, Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health.
  • Marks, Linda , Cave, S Hunter, David J, Mason, James, Peckham, S, Wallace, A, Mason, A, Weatherly, H & Melvin, K (2011). Public Health Governance and Primary Care Delivery: a triangulated study.
  • Hunter, David J & Marks, Linda (2005). Managing for health: what incentives exist for NHS managers to focus on wider health issues? London.
  • Marks, Linda (2004). The engagement of Non Governmental Organisations in Local Strategic Partnerships in relation to public health. Health Development Agency.

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