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Dr Adrienne Milner
Honorary Senior Lecturer - Health Sciences


Dr Adrienne Milner is Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Global Public Health, Department of Health Sciences. Dr Milner’s research addresses issues of health equity in terms of race and ethnicity and sex and gender in education, political, and sports contexts. Specifically, she has studied racial and sexual attitudes, policy preferences, and inequality to examine issues such as COVID-19, police brutality, discrimination of transgender individuals, and affirmative action. 

She is also Director of DEI and Insights at Unthink where she utilises advanced statistical analysis in conjunction with qualitative methodology to audit global companies' demographics, DEI maturity, and needs of minoritised groups, providing strategic guidance for targeted interventions.

Dr Milner is co-author with Prof Jomills Henry Braddock II of the monograph, Sex Segregation in Sports: Why Separate Is Not Equal, which uses a socio-legal approach to compare racial and sexual policy and argue that sex segregation in sport should be eliminated. Specifically, Milner and Braddock II focus on why large-scale sex integration in sport would result in a number of social benefits, such as increased safety and access to athletic participation and decreased prevalence of violence against women, eating disorders, and use of performance-enhancing substances. She is also co-editor with Prof Braddock of the collection, Women in Sports: Breaking Barriers, Facing Obstacles.

Dr Milner graduated from Emory University with a double major in Sociology and Women's Studies and went on to complete her MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of Miami. Prior to her move to Brunel, she was a Teaching Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Lecturer in Social Determinants of Health at Queen Mary University of London.

Newest selected publications

Dhairyawan, R., Milner, A., Thornhill, JP., Kwardem, L., Matin, N., Orkin, C. and et al. (2023) 'Experiences of initiating rapid antiretroviral therapy among people newly diagnosed with HIV in East London: a qualitative study'. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 6. ISSN: 1368-4973 Open Access Link

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Franz, B., Parker, B., Milner, A. and Braddock, II, JH. (2022) 'The Relationship between Systemic Racism, Residential Segregation, and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Deaths in the United States'. Ethnicity and Disease, 32 (1). pp. 31 - 38. ISSN: 1049-510X Open Access Link

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Jumbe, S., Milner, A., Clinch, M., Kennedy, J., Pinder, RJ., Sharpe, CA. and et al. (2021) 'A qualitative evaluation of Southwark Council’s public health response to mitigating the mental health impact of the 2017 London bridge and borough market terror attack'. BMC Public Health, 21 (1). pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 1471-2458 Open Access Link

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Franz, B., Milner, A. and Braddock II, JH. (2021) 'Do Black Lives Matter in the American Public’s Mitigation Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic? An Analysis of Mask Wearing and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Deaths from COVID-19'. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 9 (4). pp. 1577 - 1583. ISSN: 2197-3792 Open Access Link

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Milner, A., Nielsen, R. and Verdery, A. (2021) 'Brexit and the European National Health Service England workforce: A quantitative analysis of doctors’ perceived professional impact and intentions to leave the United Kingdom'. Annals of global health, 87 (1). pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 2214-9996 Open Access Link

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