Ms Jo Winterbottom

  • Senior Research Fellow (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)


I joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Systems Science team as a Senior Research Fellow in July 2023.  In my previous role, I worked for Public Health Scotland leading the Regional Economies and Health programme and was seconded to Glasgow City Region. I draw on experience from work in West Dunbartonshire HSCP, Glasgow City Council, the Third Sector and consultancy across a range of policy areas including youth work, community engagement, social care, housing, refugees and asylum seekers, substance use and placemaking. I studied Health and Community Development at DeMontfort, Leicester and Linguistics at Lancaster. 

I will be supporting several projects taking systems approaches to tackling health inequalities, especially focusing on policy liaison and maximising outputs and impact in the UKPRP-funded SIPHER Consortium and the GALLANT programme.

SIPHER (Systems Science in Public Health and Health Economics Research) seeks to create a new framework for system science public health research that blends qualitative research, data science, (health) economics, epidemiology and macro- and micro-level systems modelling approaches. Working in collaboration with policy and practice partners, SIPHER aims to create the evidence base to underpin Wellbeing in all Policies efforts by local, regional and national governments.

GALLANT (Glasgow as a Living Lab Accelerating Novel Transformation) aims to deliver a Climate Resilient City through City-University Partnership. The team use qualitative and quantitative systems science approaches to help the city move towards climate resilience whilst tackling health, social and economic inequalities, and draw heavily on ideas from Doughnut Economics and Wellbeing Economy work. 

Research interests

  • Wellbeing in all policies: Cross-government policy approaches that maximise health and wellbeing
  • Health inequalities, and their link to political, economic, environmental and behavioural factors


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Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • HealthModUK
    Medical Research Council
    2024 - 2028