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-) 

Natassia Robinson (2015-)

 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 



2015-2020. Alternatives To prophylactic Antibiotics for the treatment of Recurrent urinary tract infections in women (ALTAR study). National Institute of Health Research HTA Commissioned Call. £874,398.82. Co-applicant. RS Pickard (PI).  REF Split: 15%.


2015. NHS 111 Service Evaluation.  Co-applicant.  £289,434.43.  REF split: 55%. 


2014-2017. Social Science Perspective on the Working Lives of Those With Cancer: Psychosocial, Organisational and Economic Perspectives. ESRC Research Seminars. £5,637.90. Co-applicant with, S Maclennan, P Dewe, L Vale, S Heys, J N'Dow, J Hassard & T Cox (PI). REF Split: 100%.


2014-2016.  A feasibility study of using an immersive virtual reality environment to

reduce anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder. £191,581. Co-applicant, J Parr (PI).


2013-2017. Reducing Alcohol Related Harms in an English Context.  NIHR School of Public Health Research. £179,321.81. Co-applicant. REF Split: 25%. 


2013-15. 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. Department of Health, Public Health Research Consortium. £258,460.00. Co-applicant with, AJ Adamson, J Adams, J Halligan, N Hobbs, M Stead, D Stocken, L Vale & M White (PI). REF Split: 20%. 


2011-2015. Development and stage 2 RCT with internal pilot of a weight loss maintenance intervention for obese adults after clinically significant weight loss. Medical Research Council. £615,011.00. Co-applicant with, M White, AJ Adamson , V Araujo-Soares , E McColl, L Vale, P Olivier, P Wright, A Batterham & F Sniehotta (PI). REF Split: 9%. 




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