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Dr Farah Jamal's death at the age of 30 is a tragic loss for public health research. Despite her youth, she made significant scientific contributions in understanding how to improve young people's health and well-being, and through developing new methods that will help other researchers in the future. All her research was united by a concern for using sociological ideas to inform public health research, as well as a commitment to involving young people and listening to their views and ideas.
Through her qualitative research1 ,2 and evidence synthesis3 ,4 examining how schools influence young people's health risk behaviours, Farah was able to go beyond more simplistic studies of ‘school effects’ on health by applying a sociological imagination that we and others could not. Through starting from the perspective of young people themselves, this work has established that to understand school effects we need …