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 Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Health Economics

 01392 72 6076

 Medical School Building F.06


Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Richard Smith is inaugural Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for the University of Exeter Medical School, and Professor of Health Economics.  He was previously at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he served as Head of the Department of Global Health & Development from 2008-2011, and as Dean of the Faculty of Public Health & Policy from 2011-2018.

Richard has experience with a wide range of economic methods, including micro-, macro-, behavioural-, and political-economic techniques, applied to various areas, from health outcome assessment to antibiotic resistance.  In the last decade he has especially pioneered the macro-economic modelling of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and the economic analysis of the impact of trade and trade agreements on health and health care across a range of areas.

Richard has received research funding in excess of £40m, and has more than 200 publications.  He is a senior Editor for Social Science & Medicine, and has had previous editorial responsibilities for journals including Health Economics, Journal of Public Health and Globalization and Health.  He has been member and chair of various research funding panels, and expert advisor for numerous organisations, including WHO, WTO, World Bank, OECD and various countries.


  • 1990    BA Economics, University of York
  • 1991    MSc Health Economics, University of York
  • 2007    PhD Health Economics, University of East Anglia


  • Walls H, Smith RD, Johnston D.  Do agricultural input subsidies on staples reduce dietary diversity? Drivers of Food Choice Competitive Grants Program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development, 2016-2018, £299,424.
  • Smith RD, Milson P.  Assessing health impacts of the investor-state dispute settlement provision in contemporary trade and investment agreements: Case-studies of tobacco control, access to essential medicines and environmental health.  Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics Doctoral Studentship for Penelope Milsom, 2016-2019 £105,223.
  • Dangour AD, Haines A, Smith RD, Green R, Cornelsen L, Kadiyala S, Knai C, Leon D, Waage J.  Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) Wellcome Trust, 2017-2022, £5,000,000.
  • White M, Smith RD, Cummins S, Rutter H, Rayner M, Scarborough P, Briggs A, Harrington R, Adams J, Mytton O. Evaluation of the impacts of the UK Treasury Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL).  NIHR, £1,500,000, 2017-2020.


External Engagment and Impact

Committee/panel activities

  • Chair, Large Grants Scheme, Economic and Social Research Council
  • Chair, International Networking Competition funding panel, Economic and Social Research Council
  • Member, Executive Board, International Health Economics Association
  • Member, cross-council AMR initiative steering group, RCUK
  • Member, Longitude Prize award committee
  • Member, College of Reviewers, Canada Research Chairs Program
  • Member, International Scientific Review Committee for Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition in Genomics and Personalized Health, Genome Canada

Editorial responsibilities

  • Senior Editor (economics), Social Science & Medicine
  • Editorial board of Journal of Public Health


Supervision / Group

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