Fran Darlington-Pollock writes and researches on the interactions between people, places and politics. In exploring this, her research seeks to better understand the nature and extent of social and spatial inequalities in society, particularly those relating to transitions over the life course. Fran is currently Chair of The Equality Trust and an incoming Research and Evidence Advisor employed in the NGO sector.
Background: Fran is a former Lecturer in Population Geography (Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool, August 2017 to September 2021); Lecturer in Health Geography (School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, January 2016 to August 2017). Fran completed her PhD at the University of Leeds. Fran’s PhD explored the nature of ethnic inequalities in health and explanations for changing health gradients rooted in migration, deprivation change and social mobility. During her time at Leeds, Fran also undertook a research trip to the University of Auckland, New Zealand where she investigated the influence of migration and deprivation change on health and mortality differences between ethnic groups in New Zealand.
Research and interests: Fran’s research spans ageing, health inequality, mortality and migration. Fran is also currently writing a book on one of Beveridge’s five giants, ‘Disease’. For more information of current research and publications, visit Fran’s ResearchGate page.
Teaching activities: Fran taught across a range of modules at taught postgraduate and undergraduate level. For third year’s, she developed a module titled ‘Contemporary Population Dynamics’ exploring the relationship between patterns of population change and local, regional and national policy development.
Additional information: Fran is Knowledge Exchange Officer for the Population Geography Research Group with the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers, having formally held various roles as Postgraduate Officer, Membership Officer and Communications Officer (2014 – present). Fran was formely a council member for the British Society for Population Studies (2017-2021) and has sat on a number of advisory boards and committees including the ONS 2021 Census Microdata Working Group, and the UK Data Service Advisory Committee.