Dr Heather Brown
Lecturer (Health Economics)

  • Email: heather.brown@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6281
  • Address: Newcastle University
    Baddiley-Clark Building
    Richardson Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4AA


I joined  IHS in July 2011 after completing a MRC early career fellowship in the economics of health at the University of Aberdeen.    My research interests are in applied econometrics with a focus on identifying the spread of health related behaviours in social groups.  I am also interested in cross-disciplinary work across the social sciences. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • IHS engagement group
  • Member of University Senate 
  • Scottish Economic Society Council


 BA Economics, Political Science, and International Development, 2003, McGill University, Canada

 MSc Economic and Development Economics, 2005, University of Nottingham

PhD Health Economics, 2009, University of Sheffield  

Previous Positions

Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, 2009-2011 

Honours and Awards

 MRC early career fellowship in the economics of health 2009-2011

Cairncross Prize for best paper by a young member of the Scottish Economic Society, 2010 

Research Interests

My research interests lie within the field of applied econometrics related to health and include:

 -social interactions and health related behaviour
-impact of social norms on economic outcomes
-role of health related behaviour on marriage stability and divorce
-economic determinants of health related behaviour

Research Roles

 I am a co-investigator on several research projects.

Postgraduate Supervision

Current Students:

 Matthew Little (2013-)

Tomos Robinson (2013-)

Susanna Mills (2014-) 

 I would be interested in supervising any postgraduate student in a project related to:

-applied microeconometrics with a focus on health and labour market outcomes

Esteem Indicators

  • Awarded a MRC early career fellowship in the economics of health 


Co-applicant: Development and stage 2 RCT of a weight loss maintenance intervention for initially obese adults after clinically significant weight loss. NPRI/MRC,(£566,000)

Co-applicant: ESRC Research Seminars. Social Science Perspective on the Working Lives of Those With Cancer: Psychosocial, Organisational and Economic Perspectives. (£29,512). 

Co-applicant: National School of Public Health Research Alcohol Programme. Reducing Alcohol Related Harm. Work Package 2: Developing Screening and Brief Interventions in a Police Custody Setting (£250, 566).

Co-applicant: Department of Health, Public Health Research Consortium. Phase 2 research to support the evaluation and implementation of adult cooking skills interventions in the UK: pilot RCT with process and economic evaluation components. (£360,000).

Co-applicant: Department of Health, Public Health Research Consortium.  A feasibility cluster randomised trial in preschool and family setting to prevent childhood obesity in preschool children [3-4yr olds] (£554, 423.42)




Postgraduate Teaching 

  • MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research
     -    Module leader- Health Economics
  • MSc in Oncology and Palliative Care

         -    Module leader- Health Economics (e-learning)


  •  Dissertation Examiner
  • MBBS Personal Tutor