Dr Joanne Flavel

Research Fellow

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Joanne is a Research Fellow in social determinants of health and works on projects with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society & Equity and the Research Centre for Injury Studies. She is an economist and public health researcher with expertise in quantitative research. Her research explores the impact of the distribution of social determinants of health on health equity and interactions between health and work. She joined the the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity in 2018 and began working at the Research Centre for Injury Studies in early 2019. Joanne received her PhD in 2016 and worked as a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Labour Studies until December 2017.

Joanne is a member of an international research network, the Punching Above their Weight (PAW) Network, formed to advance thinking and research about why some countries do much better in terms of health outcomes than would be predicted by their economic status. PAW Network research examines the political, social, environmental and economic processes that drive good or poor performance in promoting population health and health equity.


Graduate Certificate in Public Health, University of Adelaide, 2020

PhD, Flinders University, 2016

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching with Distinction, Curtin University

Bachelor Degree in Economics (Honours), First Class, University of Adelaide

Honours, awards and grants

Flinders Foundation Seed Grants, 2019 and 2020

Excellence in Peer Reviewing Award, Review of Economic Analysis, 2020

Academic Excellence Award, Course Dux in Qualitative Research Methods in Health, University of Adelaide

Australasian Epidemiological Association Top Student Prize, 2019

Academic Excellence Award, Course Dux in Introduction to Biostatistics, University of Adelaide.

Australian Health Inequities Program Scholarship, 2007

NILS Summer Scholarship, 2004-05

Key responsibilities

Socio-demographic profile of homelessness in Adelaide/South Australia. Flinders University Innovation Partnership Seed Grant.

Examining increasing health inequities in Australia: the contribution of employment, income and wealth. Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant.

Supporting resettlement and health and wellbeing for people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds: Developing and piloting a measure of integration.Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant.

Do punching above weight countries respond better to a pandemic? Funded by the World Bank

Examining regional health inequalities in Australia and social determinants of health. Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant

Refugee women and work. (University of Adelaide)

She is also the ethics and data request liaison and a senior project officer on stage 2 of a project with the Research Centre for Injury Studies:

A National Approach to Measuring Non-Fatal Crash Outcomes. Funded by Austroads.

Teaching interests

Social determinants of health

Applied quantittive research

Supervisory interests
Applied economics
Labour economics
Social determinants of health
Work and health
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Advanced studies (1)