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Health Economics Group

Health Economics Group


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About us

The Health Economics Group, led by Professor Anne Spencer, conducts high-quality policy-relevant research and education to advance the use of health economics to improve population health. Our aim is to contribute to improvements in health and healthcare in the UK and internationally, through education and research on economic aspects of health and disease, including research to inform decisions on the design, evaluation, and delivery of health interventions and systems.

Our current work covers a wide range of applied and methodological projects, across many disease areas. We have a wide range of collaborations across Exeter, the South-West and beyond, including the Economics Dept, Psychology, Sports & Health Sciences, Primary Care, Child Health.

We have a strong programme of research in the area of health outcomes, health valuation/preference elicitation, and a broad programme of work in neurodegenerative diseases (multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinsons’s disease), involving applied methodological research and economic evaluation. The Health Economics Group works closely with the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU), and has close links with applied methodologists (e.g. statistics, qualitative research, operational research/modelling).

The Health Economics Group supports the educational curriculum and has also delivered a number of workshops, with future short courses in development.

Research themes 

  • Application of economic principles to health and health care;
  • Economic evaluation of health technologies (design, conduct and analysis of applied economic evaluations), and methodology for the conduct of economic evaluation;
  • Evidence syntheses, using review methods and economic modelling;
  • Measurement and valuation of health outcomes;
  • Economics of population health (e.g. obesity, development & ageing, mental health, determinants of health & wellbeing);
  • Equity in health and health care;
  • Research on 'risk' and 'ambiguity' in health and health care


Member of staff Position
Anne Spencer Professor of Health Economics, Head of Health Economics Group
Abigail Lloyd PhD Student
Amber Yuwen Li PhD Student
Aymen Alzehr PhD Student
Elizabeth Goodwin Research Fellow in Health Economics
Colin Green Honorary Professor of Health Economics
Annie Hawton Associate Professor in Health Economics
Claire Hulme Professor of Health Economics
Louise Proud PhD Student
Tristan Snowsill

Senior Lecturer in Health Economics 

Daim Syukriyah Research Fellow in Health Economics
Tom Ward PhD Student (ERiCA)
Leala Watson PA to Professor Spencer, Professor Claire Hulme, and Administrator for The Health Economics Group

We have close links with the Public Health Economics team, in Public Health and Sport Sciences Department.

University of Exeter Medical School,
South Cloisters,
St Luke's Campus,
Exeter EX1 2LU

View directions to St Luke's 


Contact: Associate Professor Anne Spencer, Head of Health Economics Group:

Contact: Leala Watson, PA and Secretary to the Health Economics Group:

ESMI (Evidence Synthesis & Modelling for Health Improvement)

University of Exeter Medical School, South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus, Exeter EX1 2LU

01392 726058 •

European Centre for Environment and Human Health

Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3HD

Tel: +44 (0)1872 258131 • Fax: +44 (0)1872 258134

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Learning Opportunities

There are opportunities to learn with the Health Economics Group and the Group has successfully hosted MSc students seeking placements.

1 day online course. **New dates coming soon**

Public involvement (PPI) in Health Economics Research: what, why and how? 

Keen to learn more? 

Join us for our course delivered by health economists, public collaborators, and health and care researchers funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the South West Peninsula and the Health Economics Group, University of Exeter.

About the course

Public involvement means people have a say in research and can make decisions about and shape research which might affect them. PPI can make research more meaningful, relevant and impactful. It has never been more recognised or more important in health and care research. Yet, to date PPIE has not been so explicitly prominent in health economics research. This is changing, and consideration of PPI in health economics research is growing, including the exciting development that it is now included in the international checklist for reporting health economic evaluations. 

This course goes beyond the rhetoric around PPI to discuss particulars and practicalities of public involvement in health economics research. The course provides information on the value of PPI in health economics research, and gives unique insights into the experiences and learnings of those involved. 

What will you learn?

  • Why PPI in health economics research?
  • What PPI can offer health economics research
  • How PPI can happen ‘well’ in the sometimes technical, jargon-laden, emotive discipline of health economics research
  • Realities of PPI in health economics research, with concrete examples
  • Where to learn more

Who is it for?

The course is relevant to researchers working in health economics in its broadest sense, including PhD students, and people in PPI facilitator roles. 

Please contact Annie Hawton, Health Economics Group, University of Exeter

Occasionally we are able to offer funded PhDs. This will be advertised through the University of Exeter's Funding database, and via our twitter account.


Further information about funding postgraduate study at the University of Exeter can be found here.


Occasionally, we are able to provide internships. Please contact us for further information.

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