Dr Matthew Fisher is a Senior Research Fellow with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity (Southgate) at Flinders University, led by Director, Prof Fran Baum AO.
Over the last 7 years Dr Fisher has developed advanced skills in conducting and disseminating social science research focused on the intersection between social determinants of health (SDH), health inequities and public policy. After completing a PhD in political philosophy at the University of Adelaide in 2009, he won a full-time position as a Research Assistant. In 2012, he won a full-time position as a Research Fellow with the Southgate Institute to manage a 3-year ARC Discovery project to assess, and understand the factors affecting, uptake of evidence on SDH and health inequities in Australian health policy. From this work so far, Fisher has lead-authored three peer-reviewed publications, and co-authored one other.
In other research work, Fisher has co-authored an article with Prof Baum and Prof Sharon Friel at ANU, applying a complex systems view to understand barriers to inter-sectoral action on SDH in an Australian urban region. Since March 2015, Dr Fisher has been working full-time as a Project Coordinator on the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on Social Determinants of Health Equity, led by Professor’s Baum and Friel. In this role, he is managing case studies on policy implementation in three areas of policy, and applying institutionalist political science theory to understand action or inaction on health inequalities in public policy.
In his current work, Dr Fisher collaborates with researchers from ANU, University of Sydney, University of NSW and Curtin University in Australia, and with institutions in South Africa, UK, USA and Canada. He also collaborates in research with several non-academics working in health policy, health services and in Aboriginal health.
In 2015, Dr Fisher achieved a Tier-1 grant, as CI-F on an ARC Discovery grant, to investigate action on SDH and health inequalities in four Australian policy sectors. He has also won several competitive, peer- reviewed Flinders University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences (FMNHS) Grants as lead researcher.