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Dr Eleanor Brooks, BA (Lancaster), MA/LLM (Lancaster), PhD (Lancaster)


Lecturer in Public Policy

Telephone: 020 7882 8591
Room Number: Arts One, Room 2.30A
Office Hours: Monday 10:00-10:50am & Friday 10:00-10:50am


Eleanor graduated from Lancaster University with a PhD in EU health policy and governance, but has a broader background in politics, international relations and international law. She spent two years of her PhD living in Brussels and working with the European Public Health Alliance, a non-governmental organisation advocating for better health across Europe, for which she now acts as a Scientific Adviser. Eleanor has been part of projects with Eurofound, the Wemos Foundation and various other European organisations. She is an academic ambassador for the Political Studies Association, a member of SPIR’s outreach and engagement team and works closely with the Centre for European Research.

Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching


Research Interests:

My research focuses on how the EU governs health – the policy areas which it is active in, the actors and institutions involved, the nature of policy-making and the implications of its constrained legal mandate. The focus of my recent work has been the ‘third face’ of EU health policy, embodied in the post-crisis macroeconomic governance systems of the EU, and how the objectives and processes of this ‘new’ health policy differ from the EU’s traditional actions in health. My research is mostly located within the EU governance field, but draws on European integration and Europeanisation research, as well as the broader legal and public policy literatures.

Examples of research funding:

  • ESRC overseas fieldwork grant, 2015(PhD)
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences research grant, Lancaster University 2014 – research on Norwegian pharmaceutical policy and the impact of EEA membership
  • Wemos Foundation project contract, Amsterdam, 2013 – research on pharmaceutical regulation and the assessment of medicines
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Enterprise Centre Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, Lancaster University 2012 – fieldwork for above projects
  • ESRC overseas fieldwork grant, 2011-2012 (PhD)


Journal Articles

Brooks (2017) ‘The ‘last chance for social Europe’: The European Pillar of Social Rights can only work if integrated into the EU’s existing policies’ LSE EUROPP Blog, May 2017

Brooks and Renshaw (2017) ‘Tightly focused, but inconsistencies remain: Health in the 2017 country specific recommendations (CSRs)’ EPHA Blog May 2017

Brooks and Geyer (2016) ‘Whatever happened to the Norwegian Medical Need Clause? Lessons for current debates in EU pharmaceutical regulation’ Sociology of Health and Illness Volume 38(4) pp. 576-591 [Impact factor 1.665, 5-yr 2.306]

Brooks and Geyer (2016) ‘Can a Medical Need Clause help manage the growing cost of prescription drugs in the EU?’ Health Economics, Policy and Law Volume 11(2) pp. 179-192 [Impact factor 1.696, 5-yr 1.760]

Brooks (2015) ‘Health ownership of health policy? Challenges and concerns in the new era of EU health policy’ Eurohealth Volume 21(4)

Brooks (2015) ‘Is the NHS under threat from free trade?’ The Conversation, July 2015

Brooks and Geyer (2012) ‘From DTCA-PD to patient information to health information: the complex politics and semantics of EU health policy’ Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice Volume 18(6) pp. 1235-1240

Brooks (2012) ‘Crossing borders: A critical review of the role of the European Court of Justice in EU health policy’ Health Policy Volume 105(1) pp. 33-37

Brooks (2012) ‘Europeanisation through soft law: the future of European health policy?’ Political Perspectives Volume 6(1) pp. 86-104

Public Engagement

Eleanor is a Scientific Adviser for the European Public Health Alliance, a Brussels-based public health NGO, and a volunteer with North London Cares, a charity working with older residents in Camden and Islington. She has worked in the past with The Brilliant Club, a widening-participation charity, is an alumni of the Young Gastein Forum, a European Commission network of young professionals working on health in Europe, and is a member of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and the Political Studies Association (PSA).

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