Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Jing Shen

Senior Research Associate (Health Economics)


Dr Jing Shen is a health economist based in the Health Economics Group within the Institute of Health & Society. Her work lies primarily within the following areas of health economics: the application of econometric methods to investigate health inequalities; economic evaluation of healthcare technologies; and the application of preference elicitation methods, such as time trade-off, standard gamble and discrete choice experiment, in patient outcome valuations. She also has a special interest in applying health economics in oral health research.


PhD in Health Economics, Newcastle University, UK

Title of PhD thesis: Inequalities in Health and Happiness in Great Britain

MSc in Health Economics, University of York, UK

BSc in Economics, East China Jiaotong University, China


Professional Body Memberships

International Health Economics Association

Health Economists' Study Group

Associate Practitioner of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences Ethics Committee



Jing's research interests include:

  • economic evaluations alongside clinical trials
  • preference elicitation methods, such as time trade off, standard gamble and discrete choice experiment
  • the understanding of socioeconomic inequalities in health and wellbeing/happiness through the application of statistical and econometric techniques using large data sets.

Jing has a special research interest in the application of health economics in oral health research, in particular, in the measuring of oral health outcomes, understanding socioeconomic inequalities in oral health, how oral health inequalities impact on individuals over the life-course, and the implications for policy and organisation of oral health services.

Jing is interested in supervising prospective MSc, PhD students wishing to conduct research in the areas of applying health economics in oral health and preference elicitation methods. 

Funding Awarded

2017-2023, SPRING - Seizure Prophylaxis IN Glioma, NIHR HTA, Co-Investigator, £1,696,740

2017 – 2023, Does "Mellow Babies" improve the psychosocial health of mothers and their children? The Mellow Babies Trial, NIHR PHR, Co-Investigator, £1,182,314

2017 – 2020, Can H-Ts maintain the oral health of routine low-risk dental recall patients in "high-street" dental practices: a pilot study, NIHR HS&DR, Co-Investigator, £402,378

2017, Clinical system-generated alerts to improve GP practice for patients with low health literacy and numeracy: a feasibility study, NIHR School for Primary Care Research, Co-Investigator, £51,398

2016, Health economics analysis comparing 3M single visit crowns and conventional crowns, 3M Deutschland GmbH, Germany, Principal Investigator, £17,199

2015, Deriving insights into oral health inequalities across Europe: Comparing the UK with other European countries, Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund Small Grant Offering (Research), Principal Investigator, £3,100

2013-2014, Investigating socioeconomic inequalities in oral health using the Adult Dental Health Survey. ESRC. Co-Investigator; £155,959

2013-2015, SURAB -Willingness of clinicians and patients to randomise into a study comparing ablation with active surveillance, in the management of incidentally diagnosed small renal tumours: a feasibility study. NIHR HTA. Co-Investigator; £321,366

2006 – 2010, Health Foundation PhD Studentship

PhD supervision

Currently supervising: Oliver Bailey (2018 - ) Clinical Fellow in Dentistry


Raul Palacio Rodriguez (2012-2016) Thesis title: Caries Prevention in Chile: an epidemiological, econometric and economic evaluation; Funder: Chile government

Tomos Robinson (2013 - 2017) Thesis title: Exploring Inequalities in Child Cognitive Ability, Psychological Well-Being and Risky Health Behaviours; Funder: Health Foundation

Matthew Little (2013 - 2018) Thesis title: Financial Expectations and Health; Funder: Health Foundation



Health Economics module (Equity and equality in health and health care, Valuation and measurement of health outcomes), MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research