Dr Sarah Steele

Associated academic, Deputy Director of the Intellectual Forum
University Positions
Senior Research Associate at Cambridge Public Health
Specialising in
Public Health, Law and Governance

Sarah Steele is the Deputy Director of the Intellectual Forum at Jesus. She is also a Senior Research Associate, focusing on themes and problems of interest to communities across the world at the interface of public health and law, and a Senior Research Associate in Cambridge Public Health in the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine.

Academic interests

Sarah’s academic interests include: 

  • Human trafficking
  • Migration and health
  • Public health law
  • Public health criminology
  • Social media and professionalism.

Degrees obtained

  • DPhil, Oxon.
  • PhD, Cantab.
  • PGCAP, Queen Mary, University of London.
  • MA, Flinders.
  • LLB Hons, Flinders.
  • BA, Flinders.


Sarah is the Deputy Director of the Intellectual Forum, which is aimed at covering the widest range of academic interests across the College. 

Sarah’s research sits at the interface of Law, Criminology, International Relations and Politics, Sociology, and Global Health. It explores how we affect social change around issues that impact upon people's wellbeing in contemporary society. Her research continues to focus on cross-border issues, including human trafficking, the trade in body products and organs, death and suicide tourism, and the growing use of social media by health and other professionals in responding to global health issues.

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.

Other interests

  • Running, family, travel, whiskey.

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