Health Economics

Group Leader: Professor Luke Vale

The Health Economics Group is based within the Institute of Health & Society. It aims to conduct world leading research in health economics by:

  • improving the allocation of scarce health and social care resources;
  • tackling inequalities in access to care and health;
  • applying and developing research to better measure the benefits of health and social care

These aims will be met by conducting research in the following areas:

  • valuing benefits/quantifying preferences in for health and health care;
  • development and application of economic evaluation
  • priority setting in health care
  • econometric applications in studies of health, (with a focus on income and health inequalities)

The Health Economics Group also collaborates with the Economics of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk (ESHER) group within Newcastle University Business School. ESHER focuses on applied microeconomics and the development of methods of preference elicitation and is led by Professor Sue Chilton.

The Health Economics Group currently collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders. If your research team is interested in pursuing collaboration with the group, please see our criteria for collaborative research.

Capacity Building

The demand for health economics skills far outstrips the supply. The Health Economics Group actively encourages and supports individuals wishing to develop their skills in health economics by offering and supporting PhDs and/or fellowships.

We also seek to help improve the knowledge of health economics amongst future collaborators and those that use health economic information as part of their work. Drawing upon our wealth of teaching and research experience we can develop and deliver short courses and workshops catering to a range of levels of experience and topics.

Individuals interested in studying health economics in Newcastle in a topic that fits under one of the four areas of work should contact Jan Legge, the administrator of the Health Economics Group or Emma Thompson the group secretary.


Staff List

Health Economics

Patricia Aluko
Research Assistant

Dr Frauke Becker
Research Associate

Nawaraj Bhattarai
Health Foundation Doctoral Fellow

Dr Matthew Breckons
Research Associate

Dr Heather Brown
Lecturer (Health Economics)

Dawn Craig
Principal Scientist (Evidence Synthesis)

Dr Kristoffer Halvorsrud
Research Associate

Dr Louise Hayes
Research Methodologist

Jenni Hislop
Research Associate

Tara Homer
Research Associate

Dr Sara McCafferty
Research Associate

Dr Peter McMeekin
Senior Research Associate (Health Economics)

Dr Dimitrios Minos
Research Associate

Eoin Moloney
Research Associate

Joanne O'Connor
Research Associate

Yemi Oluboyede
Senior Research Associate

Stephen Rice
Senior Research Associate

Dr Jing Shen
Senior Research Associate (Health Economics)

Dr Laura Ternent
Senior Lecturer

Dimitrios Tzelis
Research Assistant

Professor Luke Vale
Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics