Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Barbara Eberth

Lecturer in Economics; Senior Tutor in Economics (UG)



Barbara joined Newcastle University Business School as a lecturer in Economics in April 2014. Prior to her position at NUBS, Barbara worked as a Research Fellow for the Health Economics Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen. 


  • PhD in Economics, University of Aberdeen, 2006 - ESRC Postgraduate Training Award - S42200134063
  • MA in Economics, University of East Anglia, 2000
  • BA in Economics, University of East Anglia, 1999
  • Newcastle Teaching Award, May 2016
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, March 2016
  • Certificate of Developing Teaching Skills for Postgraduate Students, Centre for Staff and Educational Development, University of East Anglia, UK, 2000


  • Research Fellow, Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, 2005-2014
  • Part-time teaching assistant, University of Aberdeen Business School, University of Aberdeen 2004-2005
  • Part-time teaching and part-time research assistant,  School of Economic and Social Studies, University of East Anglia, 2000-2001



Research interests

Barbara's research interests are focused in the field of applied personnel and health economics.

  • Study of incentives in organisations
  • Economics of pay & promotion
  • Economics of discrimination
  • Economics of lifestyle behaviours
  • Economics of health inequalities
  • Economics of the health workforce

Peer reviewed grant income

  • "Socioeconomic inequalities in health and behaviour: Application of novel approaches to identify health inequality in Scotland and England to inform policy". B Eberth (PI), UG Gerdtham, A Ludbrook, and R Hernandez. Awarding Body: Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health & Social Care Directorates, 2010-2013, £94,311.


Ana Noveria, Oct 2016 - June 2020 (with Nils Braakmann and John Wildman)

Yemi Oyedeji, October 2019 - ongoing (with Nils Braakmann and Roberto Bonilla)

Prior to joining NUBS, Barbara has supervised two PhD students to completion: 

  • Dominik Nkhoma. Social determinants of and inequalities in health and health care in Malawi. 2011-2014, University of Aberdeen
  • Frauke Becker. An economic analysis of dietary and physical activity behaviours: consequences for obesity interventions. 2008-2012, University of Aberdeen

Barbara also has experience in MSc and undergraduate supervision.

Esteem indicators

  • 2012-2020 Member of the management committee as elected treasurer of the Scottish Economic Society
  • 2009- Elected Council member of the Scottish Economic Society
  • 2012- Member of the organisation committee for the Scottish Economic Society conference
  • 2010- Member of the scientific committee for the Scottish Economic Society conference
  • 2008  Member of the organisation and scientific committee for the joint UK and Nordic Health Economist's Study Group Meeting, University of Aberdeen
  • May 2013- April 2014 Health Economics Research Unit, External Seminar Series Organiser
  • Organiser of the Health Econometrics Working Group, Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, May 2007 – Oct 2009, and Nov 2010 – July 2012

Invited presentations

  • Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) - Scottish Government Policy Forum on "Health inequalities - challenges and responses", Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2014
  • Chief Scientist Office workshop on: "Measuring, understanding and tackling health inequalities: new insights from Scottish research", Edinburgh, Scotland, February 2011

Academic referee

  • Applied Economics, Economic Inquiry, Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Social Science & Medicine, Singapore Economic Review, Nordic Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics

Grant awarding bodies 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK

Article guest editor       

Sage Open



Current Teaching

ECO1002 Economic Analysis (undergraduate) Module leader

ECO2098 Applied Economics (undergraduate) Module leader

ECO2013 Investment & Economic Evaluation (undergraduate)

ECO3019 Dissertation Part I (undergraduate) Module leader

ECO3030 Dissertation Part II (undergraduate) Module leader

ECO3011 Intercalating Year Personal Learning Record (undergraduate) Module leader

ECO3015 Intercalating Year Reflective Learning Account (undergraduate)

Previous Teaching

MSc Economics of Health (postgraduate):

Introduction to Health Economics

Economics of the Health Workforce