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University of Exeter Medical School

Professor Richard Smith

Professor Richard Smith

Professor of Public Health Economics and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Planning and Projects

 01392 72 6076

 Medical School Building 


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


Richard Smith is Professor of Public Health Economics and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Planning and Projects.  He was previously the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Strategy Integration and Resources, and prior to Exeter was at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), 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.  He has 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.  Most recently he has focussed on the assessment of fiscal measures related to public health, including collaboration in the evaluation of the UK 'sugar tax' and several projects related to the economics of food systems, much of which has been funded by the NIHR and focussed on the UK.  Richard was a member of NIHR-funded National School for Public Health team when he was at the LSHTM, and part of the team submitting the successful proposal for membership by Exeter.

Richard has received research funding in excess of £60m, with more than 300 publications and an h-index of 127.  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.  He is currently a member of the TRAC Development Group, Office for Students, the Science Council of the Food Standards Agency, and the UKRI Tackling Infections Funding Panel.  Richard has been elected as an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health, Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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

Current Grants:

  • Kingston P, Garde A, Hunter P, Lincoln P, Mabhala M, Manning P, Parish R, Pencheon D, Sassi F, Smith RD, Winters A [alphabetical after PI].  PETRA: Prevention of Disease Using Trade Agreements. UKPRP Network Award, MRC, £318,000, 2019-2023.
  • Adger N, Smith RD, Quinn T, Murphy C, Codjo S, Morrissey K.  Evaluating Health Impacts of Climate Adaptation Strategies.  Wellcome Trust, £489,850, 2019-2023.
  • Burgoine T, Adams J, Cummins S, Mytton O, Smith RD, Thompson C, White M (alphabetical after PI).  Evaluation of planning policy to regulate takeaway food outlets for improved health in England. NIHR, £1,342,495, 2021-2024.
  • White M, BalmfordA, Burgoine T, Cummin S, Dicks L, Francis O, Frew E, Loopstra R, Mytton O, Prabhu J, van Rens T, Smith RD, Srai J (alphabetical after PI).  Transforming Urban Food Systems for Planetary and Population Health (The Mandala Consortium). BBSRC (UKRI), £5,999,468, 2021-2026.
  • Adams J, White M, Robinson E, Burgoine T, Smith RD, Jones A, Bishop T, Sharp S.  Implementation and assessment of mandatory calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector. NIHR PRP, £844,645, 2021-2024.
  • Scarborough P, Smith RD (joint PIs, alphabetical), Law C, Kaur A, Cobiac L, Harrington R, Springmann M, Bandy L, Raynor M, Buckell J, Cornelsen L, Tarp-Jensen H, Keogh-Brown M. COPPER: CO-designing for healthy People and Planet: food Economic policy Research. NIHR, 2022-2025, £1,476,711.
  • Melendez-Torres GJ, Smith RD, Fleming L, Green J, Morrisey K.  School for Public Health Environments Research at Exeter (SPHERE): NIHR School for Public Health Research (Phase 3). NIHR, 2022-2027.

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Journal articles

Rahilly J, Amies-Cull B, Chang M, Cummins S, Derbyshire D, Hassan S, Huang Y, Keeble M, Liu B, Medina-Lara A, et al (2024). Changes in the number of new takeaway food outlets associated with adoption of management zones around schools: a natural experimental evaluation in England. SSM - Population Health, 26, 101646-101646.
Cobiac LJ, Rogers NT, Adams J, Cummins S, Smith R, Mytton O, White M, Scarborough P (2024). Impact of the UK soft drinks industry levy on health and health inequalities in children and adolescents in England: an interrupted time series analysis and population health modelling study. PLOS Medicine, 21(3), e1004371-e1004371. Abstract.
Smith R (2024). Public health economics: Should it be more offensive?. Health Econ  Author URL.
Walls H, Johnston D, Matita M, Kamwanja T, Smith R, Nanama S (2023). The politics of agricultural policy and nutrition: a case study of Malawi's Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP). PLOS Glob Public Health, 3(10). Abstract.  Author URL.
Milsom P, Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Smith R, Modisenyane SM, Walls H (2023). Using System Dynamics to Understand Transnational Corporate Power in Diet-Related Non-communicable Disease Prevention Policy-Making: a Case Study of South Africa. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 12, 7641-7641. Abstract.
Faccioli M, Law C, Caine C, Berger N, Yan X, Weninger F, Guell C, Day B, Smith R, Bateman I, et al (2022). Combined carbon and health taxes outperform single-purpose information or fiscal measures in designing sustainable food policies. Nature Food, 3, 331-340. Abstract.
Forde H, Boyland EJ, Scarborough P, Smith R, White M, Adams J (2022). Exploring the potential impact of the proposed UK TV and online food advertising regulations: a concept mapping study. BMJ Open, 12(6), e060302-e060302. Abstract.
Hu X, Davies R, Morrissey K, Smith R, Fleming LE, Sharmina M, Clair R, Hopkinson P (2022). Single-use Plastic and COVID-19 in the NHS: Barriers and Opportunities. Journal of Public Health Research, 11(1), jphr.2021.2483-jphr.2021.2483. Abstract.
Matita M, Chirwa EW, Johnston D, Mazalale J, Smith R, Walls H (2021). Does household participation in food markets increase dietary diversity? Evidence from rural Malawi. Global Food Security, 28, 100486-100486.
Cuevas S, Patel N, Thompson C, Petticrew M, Cummins S, Smith R, Cornelsen L (2021). Escaping the Red Queen: Health as a corporate food marketing strategy. SSM - Population Health, 16, 100953-100953.
McGill E, Er V, Penney T, Egan M, White M, Meier P, Whitehead M, Lock K, Anderson de Cuevas R, Smith R, et al (2021). Evaluation of public health interventions from a complex systems perspective: a research methods review. Social Science & Medicine, 272, 113697-113697.
Berger N, Cummins S, Smith RD, Cornelsen L (2021). Have socio-economic inequalities in sugar purchasing widened? a longitudinal analysis of food and beverage consumer data from British households, 2014-2017. Public Health Nutrition, 24(7), 1583-1594. Abstract.
Berger L, Berger N, Bosetti V, Gilboa I, Hansen LP, Jarvis C, Marinacci M, Smith RD (2021). Rational policymaking during a pandemic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(4). Abstract.
Carriedo A, Koon AD, Encarnación LM, Lee K, Smith R, Walls H (2021). The political economy of sugar-sweetened beverage taxation in Latin America: lessons from Mexico, Chile and Colombia. Globalization and Health, 17(1). Abstract.
Robinson E, Marty L, Jones A, White M, Smith R, Adams J (2021). Will calorie labels for food and drink served outside the home improve public health?. BMJ, 372  Author URL.
Law C, Cornelsen L, Adams J, Penney T, Rutter H, White M, Smith R (2020). An analysis of the stock market reaction to the announcements of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy. Economics and Human Biology, 38 Abstract.
Pell D, Penney TL, Mytton O, Briggs A, Cummins S, Rayner M, Rutter H, Scarborough P, Sharp SJ, Smith RD, et al (2020). Anticipatory changes in British household purchases of soft drinks associated with the announcement of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy: a controlled interrupted time series analysis. PLoS Medicine, 17(11). Abstract.
Biondi B, Cornelsen L, Mazzocchi M, Smith R (2020). Between preferences and references: Asymmetric price elasticities and the simulation of fiscal policies. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 180, 108-128. Abstract.
Milsom P, Smith R, Baker P, Walls H (2020). Corporate power and the international trade regime preventing progressive policy action on non-communicable diseases: a realist review. Health Policy and Planning, 36(4), 493-508. Abstract.
Milsom P, Smith R, Walls H (2020). Expanding Public Health Policy Analysis for Transformative Change: the Importance of Power and Ideas Comment on "What Generates Attention to Health in Trade Policy-Making? Lessons from Success in Tobacco Control and Access to Medicines: a Qualitative Study of Australia and the (Comprehensive and Progressive) Trans-Pacific Partnership". International Journal of Health Policy and Management Abstract.
Cornelsen L, Quaife M, Lagarde M, Smith RD (2020). Framing and signalling effects of taxes on sugary drinks: a discrete choice experiment among households in Great Britain. Health Economics (United Kingdom), 29(10), 1132-1147. Abstract.
Hatefi A, Marten R, Smith RD (2020). Global-scale action in health: a common language is a critical starting point to bolster global health financing. Health Policy and Planning, 35(8), 1133-1136.
Vassall A, Sweeney S, Barasa E, Prinja S, Keogh-Brown MR, Tarp Jensen H, Smith R, Baltussen R, M Eggo R, Jit M, et al (2020). Integrating economic and health evidence to inform Covid-19 policy in low- and middle- income countries. Wellcome Open Research, 5, 272-272. Abstract.
Coutrot IP, Smith R, Cornelsen L (2020). Is the rise of crowdfunding for medical expenses in the United Kingdom symptomatic of systemic gaps in health and social care?. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 25(3), 181-186. Abstract.
Berger N, Cummins S, Allen A, Smith RD, Cornelsen L (2020). Patterns of beverage purchases amongst British households: a latent class analysis. PLoS Medicine, 17(9). Abstract.
Watt TLS, Beckert W, Smith RD, Cornelsen L (2020). Reducing consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages through banning price promotions: What is the evidence and will it work?. Public Health Nutrition, 23(12), 2228-2233. Abstract.
Keogh-Brown MR, Jensen HT, Edmunds WJ, Smith RD (2020). The impact of Covid-19, associated behaviours and policies on the UK economy: a computable general equilibrium model. SSM - Population Health, 12 Abstract.
Law C, Cornelsen L, Adams J, Pell D, Rutter H, White M, Smith R (2020). The impact of UK soft drinks industry levy on manufacturers' domestic turnover. Econ Hum Biol, 37 Abstract.  Author URL.
White M, Aguirre E, Finegood DT, Holmes C, Sacks G, Smith R (2020). What role should the commercial food system play in promoting health through better diet?. BMJ, 368 Abstract.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Keogh-Brown MR, Chico RM, Bretscher MT, Drakeley C, Jensen HT (2020). Will More of the Same Achieve Malaria Elimination? Results from an Integrated Macroeconomic Epidemiological Demographic Model. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 103(5), 1871-1882.
Milsom P, Smith R, Walls H (2019). A Systems Thinking Approach to Inform Coherent Policy Action for NCD Prevention Comment on "How Neoliberalism is Shaping the Supply of Unhealthy Commodities and What This Means for NCD Prevention". International Journal of Health Policy and Management Abstract.
Cuevas García-Dorado S, Cornselsen L, Smith R, Walls H (2019). Economic globalization, nutrition and health: a review of quantitative evidence. Globalization and Health, 15(1).
Keogh-Brown MR, Jensen HT, Basu S, Aekplakorn W, Cuevas S, Dangour AD, Gheewala SH, Green R, Joy EJM, Rojroongwasinkul N, et al (2019). Evidence on the magnitude of the economic, health and population effects of palm cooking oil consumption: an integrated modelling approach with Thailand as a case study. Population Health Metrics, 17(1).
Yerushalmi E, Hunt P, Hoorens S, Sauboin C, Smith R (2019). Exploring the Use of a General Equilibrium Method to Assess the Value of a Malaria Vaccine: an Application to Ghana. MDM Policy & Practice, 4(2), 238146831989434-238146831989434. Abstract.
Cornelsen L, Mazzocchi M, Smith RD (2019). Fat tax or thin subsidy? How price increases and decreases affect the energy and nutrient content of food and beverage purchases in Great Britain. Social Science & Medicine, 230, 318-327.
Walls H, Smith R, Cuevas S, Hanefeld J (2019). International trade and investment: still the foundation for tackling nutrition related non-communicable diseases in the era of Trump?. BMJ, l2217-l2217.
Jensen HT, Keogh-Brown MR, Shankar B, Aekplakorn W, Basu S, Cuevas S, Dangour AD, Gheewala SH, Green R, Joy E, et al (2019). International trade, dietary change, and cardiovascular disease health outcomes: Import tariff reform using an integrated macroeconomic, environmental and health modelling framework for Thailand. SSM - Population Health, 9, 100435-100435.
Hanefeld J, Smith R (2019). Is the NHS really “off the table” in post-Brexit talks with the US?. BMJ, l6898-l6898.
Tarp Jenson H, Keogh-Brown MR, Shankar B, Aekplakorn W, Basu S, Cuevas S, Dangour AD, Gheewala SH, Green R, Joy EJM, et al (2019). Palm oil and dietary change: Application of an integrated macroeconomic, environmental, demographic, and health modelling framework for Thailand. Food Policy (Elsevier)
Scheelbeek PFD, Cornelsen L, Marteau TM, Jebb SA, Smith RD (2019). Potential impact on prevalence of obesity in the UK of a 20% price increase in high sugar snacks: modelling study. BMJ, l4786-l4786. Abstract.
Berger N, Cummins S, Smith RD, Cornelsen L (2019). Recent trends in energy and nutrient content of take-home food and beverage purchases in Great Britain: an analysis of 225 million food and beverage purchases over 6 years. BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, 2(2), 63-71. Abstract.
Cornelsen L, Berger N, Cummins S, Smith RD (2019). Socio-economic patterning of expenditures on ‘out-of-home’ food and non-alcoholic beverages by product and place of purchase in Britain. Social Science & Medicine, 235, 112361-112361.
Roope LSJ, Smith RD, Pouwels KB, Buchanan J, Abel L, Eibich P, Butler CC, Tan PS, Walker AS, Robotham JV, et al (2019). The challenge of antimicrobial resistance: What economics can contribute. Science, 364(6435). Abstract.  Author URL.
Hanefeld J, Smith R (2019). The upside of trade in health services. BMJ, l2208-l2208.
Suzana M, Walls H, Smith R, Hanefeld J (2018). Achieving universal health coverage in small island states: could importing health services provide a solution?. BMJ Global Health, 3(1), e000612-e000612. Abstract.
Smith RD, Cornelson L, Quirmbach D, Jebb SA, Marteau TM (2018). Are sweet snacks more sensitive to price increases than sugar-sweetened beverages: analysis of British food purchase data. BMJ Open
Quirmbach D, Cornelsen L, Jebb SA, Marteau T, Smith R (2018). Effect of increasing the price of sugar-sweetened beverages on alcoholic beverage purchases: an economic analysis of sales data. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 72(4), 324-330. Abstract.
Suzana M, Walls H, Smith R, Hanefeld J (2018). Evaluation of public subsidy for medical travel: does it protect against household impoverishment?. International Journal for Equity in Health, 17(1).
Marten R (2018). How states exerted power to create the Millennium Development Goals and how this shaped the global health agenda: Lessons for the sustainable development goals and the future of global health. Global Public Health, 14(4), 584-599.
Waage J, Cornelsen L, Dangour AD, Green R, Häsler B, Hull E, Johnston D, Kadiyala S, Lock K, Shankar B, et al (2018). Integrating Agriculture and Health Research for Development: LCIRAH as an Interdisciplinary Programme to Address a Global Challenge. Global Challenges, 3(4). Abstract.
Kadandale S, Marten R, Smith R (2018). The palm oil industry and noncommunicable diseases. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 97(2), 118-128.
Cornelsen L, Smith RD (2018). Viewpoint: Soda taxes – Four questions economists need to address. Food Policy, 74, 138-142.
Cornelson L, Mytton OT, Adams J, Gasparrini A, Iskander D, Knai C, Petticrew M, Scott C, Smith RD, Thompson C, et al (2017). Change in non-alcoholic beverage sales following a 10-pence levy on sugar-sweetened beverages within a national chain of restaurants in the UK: interrupted time series analysis of a natural experiment. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 71(11), 1107-1112.
Walls HL, Cornelsen L, Lock K, Smith RD (2016). How much priority is given to nutrition and health in the EU Common Agricultural Policy?. FOOD POLICY, 59, 12-23.  Author URL.
Smith R, Irwin R (2016). Measuring success in global health diplomacy: lessons from marketing food to children in India. GLOBALIZATION AND HEALTH, 12  Author URL.
Noree T, Hanefeld J, Smith R (2016). Medical tourism in Thailand: a cross-sectional study. BULLETIN OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, 94(1), 30-36.  Author URL.
Keogh-Brown MR, Jensen HT, Arrighi HM, Smith RD (2016). The Impact of Alzheimer's Disease on the Chinese Economy. EBIOMEDICINE, 4, 184-190.  Author URL.
Walls HL, Vearey J, Modisenyane M, Chetty-Makkan CM, Charalambous S, Smith RD, Hanefeld J (2016). Understanding healthcare and population mobility in southern Africa: the case of South Africa. SAMJ SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL JOURNAL, 106(1), 14-15.  Author URL.
Sheppard P, Smith R (2016). What students want: using a choice modelling approach to estimate student demand. JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, 38(2), 140-149.  Author URL.
Kinghorn P, Robinson A, Smith RD (2015). Developing a Capability-Based Questionnaire for Assessing Well-Being in Patients with Chronic Pain. SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH, 120(3), 897-916.  Author URL.
Coast J, Smith RD (2015). Distributional Considerations in Economic Responses to Antimicrobial Resistance. PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS, 8(3), 225-237.  Author URL.
Hordijk PM, Broekhuizen BDL, Butler CC, Coenen S, Godycki-Cwirko M, Goossens H, Hood K, Smith R, Van Vugt SF, Little P, et al (2015). Illness perception and related behaviour in lower respiratory tract infections-a European study. Family Practice, 32(2), 152-158. Abstract.
Walls HL, Smith RD, Drahos P (2015). Improving regulatory capacity to manage risks associated with trade agreements. GLOBALIZATION AND HEALTH, 11  Author URL.
Lunt N, Exworthy M, Hanefeld J, Smith RD (2015). International patients within the NHS: a case of public sector entrepreneurialism. SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 124, 338-345.  Author URL.
Shemilt I, Marteau TM, Smith RD, Ogilvie D (2015). Use and cumulation of evidence from modelling studies to inform policy on food taxes and subsidies: biting off more than we can chew?. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 15  Author URL.
Hanefeld J, Lunt N, Smith R, Horsfall D (2015). Why do medical tourists travel to where they do? the role of networks in determining medical travel. SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 124, 356-363.  Author URL.
Marten R, Hanefeld J, Smith R (2014). Commission on Global Governance for Health: what about power?. LANCET, 383(9936), 2207-2207.  Author URL.
Lunt N, Horsfall D, Smith R, Exworthy M, Hanefeld J, Mannion R (2014). Market size, market share and market strategy: three myths of medical tourism. POLICY AND POLITICS, 42(4), 597-614.  Author URL.
Noree T, Hanefeld J, Smith R (2014). UK medical tourists in Thailand: they are not who you think they are. GLOBALIZATION AND HEALTH, 10  Author URL.
Hanefeld J, Smith R, Horsfall D, Lunt N (2014). What Do We Know About Medical Tourism? a Review of the Literature with Discussion of its Implications for the UK National Health Service as an Example of a Public Health Care System. JOURNAL OF TRAVEL MEDICINE, 21(6), 410-417.  Author URL.
Cornelsen L, Green R, Dangour A, Smith R (2014). Why fat taxes won't make us thin. Journal of Public Health, 37(1), 18-23.
Smith R, Lagarde M, Blaauw D, Goodman C, English M, Mullei K, Pagaiya N, Tangcharoensathien V, Erasmus E, Hanson K, et al (2013). Appealing to altruism: an alternative strategy to address the health workforce crisis in developing countries?. JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 35(1), 164-170.  Author URL.
Coenen S, Francis N, Kelly M, Hood K, Nuttall J, Little P, Verheij TJM, Melbye H, Goossens H, Butler CC, et al (2013). Are Patient Views about Antibiotics Related to Clinician Perceptions, Management and Outcome? a Multi-Country Study in Outpatients with Acute Cough. PLoS ONE, 8(10), e76691-e76691.
Lyons NA, Smith RP, Rushton J (2013). Cost-effectiveness of farm interventions for reducing the prevalence of VTEC O157 on UK dairy farms. EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION, 141(9), 1905-1919.  Author URL.
Oppong R, Jit M, Smith RD, Butler CC, Melbye H, Mölstad S, Coast J (2013). Cost-effectiveness of point-of-care C-reactive protein testing to inform antibiotic prescribing decisions. British Journal of General Practice, 63(612). Abstract.
Ghinai I, Hla TTW, Smith R (2013). Global health priorities and research funding. LANCET INFECTIOUS DISEASES, 13(8), 653-653.  Author URL.
Chalkidou K, Marten R, Cutler D, Culyer T, Smith R, Teerawattananon Y, Cluzeau F, Li R, Sullivan R, Huang Y, et al (2013). Health technology assessment in universal health coverage. LANCET, 382(9910), E48-E49.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Keogh-Brown MR (2013). Macroeconomic impact of pandemic influenza and associated policies in Thailand, South Africa and Uganda. INFLUENZA AND OTHER RESPIRATORY VIRUSES, 7, 64-71.  Author URL.
Hanefeld J, Horsfall D, Lunt N, Smith R (2013). Medical Tourism: a Cost or Benefit to the NHS?. PLOS ONE, 8(10).  Author URL.
Tusting LS, Willey B, Lucas H, Thompson J, Kafy HT, Smith R, Lindsay SW (2013). Socioeconomic development as an intervention against malaria: a systematic review and meta-analysis. LANCET, 382(9896), 963-972.  Author URL.
Rassy D, Smith RD (2013). The economic impact of H1N1 on Mexico's tourist and pork sectors. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 22(7), 824-834.  Author URL.
Oppong R, Kaambwa B, Nuttall J, Hood K, Smith RD, Coast J (2013). The impact of using different tariffs to value EQ-5D health state descriptions: an example from a study of acute cough/lower respiratory tract infections in seven countries. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS, 14(2), 197-209.  Author URL.
Jensen HT, Keogh-Brown MR, Smith RD, Chalabi Z, Dangour AD, Davies M, Edwards P, Garnett T, Givoni M, Griffiths U, et al (2013). The importance of health co-benefits in macroeconomic assessments of UK Greenhouse Gas emission reduction strategies. CLIMATIC CHANGE, 121(2), 223-237.  Author URL.
Liverani M, Waage J, Barnett T, Pfeiffer DU, Rushton J, Rudge JW, Loevinsohn ME, Scoones I, Smith RD, Cooper BS, et al (2013). Understanding and Managing Zoonotic Risk in the New Livestock Industries. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES, 121(8), 873-877.  Author URL.
Smith R (2012). Why a Macroeconomic Perspective is Critical to the Prevention of Noncommunicable Disease. SCIENCE, 337(6101), 1501-1503.  Author URL.
Oppong R, Kaambwa B, Nuttall J, Hood K, Smith RD, Coast J (2011). Assessment of the Construct Validity of the EQ-5D in Patients with Acute Cough/Lower Respiratory Tract Infections. APPLIED RESEARCH IN QUALITY OF LIFE, 6(4), 411-423.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Keogh-Brown MR, Barnett T (2011). Estimating the economic impact of pandemic influenza: an application of the computable general equilibrium model to the UK. SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 73(2), 235-244.  Author URL.
Alvarez MM, Chanda R, Smith RD (2011). How is Telemedicine perceived? a qualitative study of perspectives from the UK and India. GLOBALIZATION AND HEALTH, 7  Author URL.
Myint PK, Smith RD, Luben RN, Surtees PG, Wainwright NWJ, Wareham NJ, Khaw K-T (2011). Lifestyle behaviours and quality-adjusted life years in middle and older age. AGE AND AGEING, 40(5), 589-595.  Author URL.
Hargreaves JR, Greenwood B, Clift C, Goel A, Roemer-Mahler A, Smith R, Heymann DL (2011). Making new vaccines affordable: a comparison of financing processes used to develop and deploy new meningococcal and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines. LANCET, 378(9806), 1885-1893.  Author URL.
Oppong R, Coast J, Hood K, Nuttall J, Smith RD, Butler CC (2011). Resource use and costs of treating acute cough/lower respiratory tract infections in 13 European countries: results and challenges. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS, 12(4), 319-329.  Author URL.
Alvarez MM, Chanda R, Smith RD (2011). The potential for bi-lateral agreements in medical tourism: a qualitative study of stakeholder perspectives from the UK and India. GLOBALIZATION AND HEALTH, 7  Author URL.
Donaldson C, Baker R, Mason H, Jones-Lee M, Lancsar E, Wildman J, Bateman I, Loomes G, Robinson A, Sugden R, et al (2011). The social value of a QALY: Raising the bar or barring the raise?. BMC Health Services Research, 11 Abstract.
Lock K, Smith RD, Dangour AD, Brown MK, Pigatto G, Hawkes C, Fisberg RM, Chalabi Z (2010). Chronic Diseases: Chronic Diseases and Development 2 Health, agricultural, and economic effects of adoption of healthy diet recommendations. LANCET, 376(9753), 1699-1709.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Sach TH (2010). Contingent valuation: has the debate begun?. HEALTH ECONOMICS POLICY AND LAW, 5(1), 133-134.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Petticrew M (2010). Public health evaluation in the twenty-first century: time to see the wood as well as the trees. JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 32(1), 2-7.  Author URL.
Myint PK, Smith RD, Luben RN, Surtees PG, Wainwright NWJ, Wareham NJ, Bingham SA, Khaw K-T (2010). The Short-Form Six-Dimension utility index predicted mortality in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer-Norfolk prospective population-based study. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY, 63(2), 192-198.  Author URL.
Keogh-Brown MR, Smith RD, Edmunds JW, Beutels P (2010). The macroeconomic impact of pandemic influenza: estimates from models of the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS, 11(6), 543-554.  Author URL.
Baker R, Bateman I, Donaldson C, Jones-Lee M, Lancsar E, Loomes G, Mason H, Odejar M, Pinto Prades JL, Robinson A, et al (2010). Weighting and valuing quality-adjusted life-years using stated preference methods: Preliminary results from the social value of a QALY project. Health Technology Assessment, 14(27). Abstract.
Nabel EG, Stevens S, Smith R (2009). Combating chronic disease in developing countries. LANCET, 373(9680), 2004-2006.  Author URL.
Beutels P, Jia N, Zhou Q-Y, Smith R, Cao W-C, de Vlas SJ (2009). The economic impact of SARS in Beijing, China. TROPICAL MEDICINE & INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, 14, 85-91.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Keogh-Brown MR, Barnett T, Tait J (2009). The economy-wide impact of pandemic influenza on the UK: a computable general equilibrium modelling experiment. BMJ, 339 Abstract.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Chanda R, Tangcharoensathien V (2009). Trade and Health 4 Trade in health-related services. LANCET, 373(9663), 593-601.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Correa C, Oh C (2009). Trade and Health 5 Trade, TRIPS, and pharmaceuticals. LANCET, 373(9664), 684-691.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Lee K, Drager N (2009). Trade and Health 6 Trade and health: an agenda for action. LANCET, 373(9665), 768-773.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2008). Contingent valuation in health care: Does it matter how the 'Good' is described?. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 17(5), 607-617.  Author URL.
Smith R (2008). Globalization: the key challenge facing health economics in the 21st century. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 17(1), 1-3.  Author URL.
Hanson K, Gilson L, Goodman C, Mills A, Smith R, Feachem R, Feachem NS, Koehlmoos TP, Kinlaw H (2008). Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of the World's Poor?. PLOS MEDICINE, 5(11), 1528-1532.  Author URL.
Coast J, Smith R, Lorgelly P (2008). Should the capability approach be applied in health economics?. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 17(6), 667-670.  Author URL.
Keogh-Brown MR, Smith RD (2008). The economic impact of SARS: How does the reality match the predictions?. HEALTH POLICY, 88(1), 110-120.  Author URL.
Coast J, Smith RD, Lorgelly P (2008). Welfarism, extra-welfarism and capability: the spread of ideas in health economics. SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 67(7), 1190-1198.  Author URL.
Schroter S, Black N, Evans S, Godlee F, Osorio L, Smith R (2008). What errors do peer reviewers detect, and does training improve their ability to detect them?. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE, 101(10), 507-514.  Author URL.
Sach TH, Smith RD, Whynes DK (2007). A 'league table' of contingent valuation results for pharmaceutical interventions a hard pill to swallow?. PHARMACOECONOMICS, 25(2), 107-127.  Author URL.
Holland R, Brooksby L, Lenaghan E, Ashton K, Hay L, Smith R, Shepstone L, Lipp A, Daly C, Howe A, et al (2007). Effectiveness of visits from community pharmacists for patients with heart failure: HeartMed randomised controlled trial. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 334(7603), 1098-1101.  Author URL.
Myint PK, Welch AA, Bingham SA, Surtees PG, Wainwright NWJ, Luben RN, Wareham NJ, Smith RD, Harvey IM, Day NE, et al (2007). Fruit and vegetable consumption and self-reported functional health in men and women in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer-Norfolk (EPIC-Norfolk): a population-based cross-sectional study. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 10(1), 34-41.  Author URL.
Smith RD, MacKellar L (2007). Global public goods and the global health agenda: problems, priorities and potential. GLOBALIZATION AND HEALTH, 3  Author URL.
Pacini M, Smith RD, Wilson ECF, Holland R (2007). Home-based medication review in older people - is it cost effective?. PHARMACOECONOMICS, 25(2), 171-180.  Author URL.
Myint PK, Surtees PG, Wainwright NWJ, Wareham NJ, Bingham SA, Luben RN, Welch AA, Smith RD, Harvey IM, Khaw K-T, et al (2007). Modifiable lifestyle behaviors and functional health in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer (EPIC)-Norfolk population study. PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 44(2), 109-116.  Author URL.
Whynes DK, Frew EJ, Philips ZN, Covey J, Smith RD (2007). On the numerical forms of contingent valuation responses. JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PSYCHOLOGY, 28(4), 462-476.  Author URL.
Sadique MZ, Edmunds WJ, Smith RD, Meerding WJ, de Zwart O, Brug J, Beutels P (2007). Precautionary behavior in response to perceived threat of pandemic influenza. EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES, 13(9), 1307-1313.  Author URL.
Myint PK, Luben RN, Surtees PG, Wainwright NWJ, Welch AA, Bingham SA, Wareham NJ, Smith RD, Harvey IM, Khaw K-T, et al (2007). Self-reported mental health-related quality of life and mortality in men and women in the European prospective investigation into cancer (EPIC-Norfolk): a prospective population study. PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE, 69(5), 410-414.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2007). The relationship between reliability and size of willingness-to-pay values: a qualitative insight. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 16(2), 211-216.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2007). The role of 'reference goods' in contingent valuation: Should we help respondents to 'construct' their willingness to pay?. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 16(12), 1319-1332.  Author URL.
Yeung RYT, Smith RD, Ho L-M, Johnston JM, Leung GM (2006). Empirical implications of response acquiescence in discrete-choice contingent valuation. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 15(10), 1077-1089.  Author URL.
Covey J, Smith RD (2006). How common is the 'prominence effect'?: Additional evidence to Whynes <i>et al</i>. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 15(2), 205-210.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2006). It's not just what you do, it's the way that you do it: the effect of different payment card formats and survey administration on willingness to pay for health gain. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 15(3), 281-293.  Author URL.
Smith R (2006). Measuring the globalization of health services: a possible index of openness of country health sectors to trade. HEALTH ECONOMICS POLICY AND LAW, 1(4), 323-342.  Author URL.
Myint PK, Welch AA, Luben RN, Wainwright NWJ, Surtees PG, Bingham SA, Wareham NJ, Smith RD, Harvey IM, Khaw K-T, et al (2006). Obesity indices and self-reported functional health in men and women in the EPIC-Norfolk. OBESITY, 14(5), 884-893.  Author URL.
Smith R, Roberts I (2006). Patient safety requires a new way to publish clinical trials. PLOS CLINICAL TRIALS, 1(1).  Author URL.
Barrett A, Roques T, Small M, Smith RD (2006). Rationing - How much will Herceptin really cost?. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 333(7578), 1118-1120A.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2006). Responding to global infectious disease outbreaks: Lessons from SARS on the role of risk perception, communication and management. SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 63(12), 3113-3123.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2006). Trade and public health: facing the challenges of globalisation. JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, 60(8), 650-651.  Author URL.
Holland R, Smith R, Harvey I (2006). Where now for pharmacist led medication review?. JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, 60(2), 92-93.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Yago M, Millar M, Coast J (2005). Assessing the macroeconomic impact of a healthcare problem: the application of computable general equilibrium analysis to antimicrobial resistance. JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS, 24(6), 1055-1075.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Richardson J (2005). Can we estimate the 'social' value of a QALY? Four core issues to resolve. HEALTH POLICY, 74(1), 77-84.  Author URL.
Holland R, Lenaghan E, Harvey I, Smith R, Shepstone L, Lipp A, Christou M, Evans D, Hand C (2005). Does home based medication review keep older people out of hospital? the HOMER randomised controlled trial. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 330(7486), 293-295.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2005). Sensitivity to scale in contingent valuation: the importance of the budget constraint. JOURNAL OF HEALTH ECONOMICS, 24(3), 515-529.  Author URL.
Smith R, Woodward D, Acharya A, Beaglehole R, Drager N (2004). Communicable disease control: a 'Global Public Good' perspective. HEALTH POLICY AND PLANNING, 19(5), 271-278.  Author URL.
Raithatha N, Smith RD (2004). Disclosure of genetic tests for health insurance: is it ethical not to?. LANCET, 363(9406), 395-396.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2004). Foreign direct investment and trade in health services: a review of the literature. SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 59(11), 2313-2323.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Thorsteinsdóttir H, Daar AS, Gold ER, Singer PA (2004). Genomics knowledge and equity:: a global public goods perspective of the patent system. BULLETIN OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, 82(5), 385-389.  Author URL.
Raithatha N, Smith RD (2004). Paying for statins. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 328(7436), 400-402.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2003). Construction of the contingent valuation market in health care: a critical assessment. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 12(8), 609-628.  Author URL.
Thorsteinsdóttir H, Daar AS, Smith RD, Singer PA (2003). Genomics -: a global public good?. LANCET, 361(9361), 891-892.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2003). Global public goods and health. BULLETIN OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, 81(7), 475-475.  Author URL.
Coast J, Smith RD (2003). Solving the problem of antimicrobial resistance: is a global approach necessary?. DRUG DISCOVERY TODAY, 8(1), 1-2.  Author URL.
Smith RD, Coast J (2002). Antimicrobial resistance: a global response. BULLETIN OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, 80(2), 126-133.  Author URL.
Coast J, Smith R, Karcher AM, Wilton P, Millar M (2002). Superbugs II: How should economic evaluation be conducted for interventions which aim to contain antimicrobial resistance?. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 11(7), 637-647.  Author URL.
Olsen JA, Smith RD (2001). <i>Theory</i> <i>versus practice</i>:: a review of 'willingness-to-pay' in health and health care. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 10(1), 39-52.  Author URL.
Wilton P, Smith RD, Coast J, Millar M, Karcher A (2001). Directly observed treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis: an economic evaluation in the United States of America and South Africa. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TUBERCULOSIS AND LUNG DISEASE, 5(12), 1137-1142.  Author URL.
Smith RD (2001). The relative willingness-to-pay and time-trade-off to changes in health status: an empirical investigation. HEALTH ECONOMICS, 10(6), 487-497.  Author URL.


Miron-Shatz T, Muehlhauser I, Bower B, Diefenbach M, Goldacre B, Smith RSW, Spiegelhalter D, Wegwarth O (2011). Barriers to Health Information and Building Solutions.  Author URL.
Holland R, Smith RD, Harvey I, Swift L, Lenaghan E (2004). Assessing quality of life in the elderly: a direct comparison of the EQ-5D and AQoL.  Author URL.
Yeung RYT, Smith RD, McGhee SM (2003). Willingness to pay and size of health benefit: an integrated model to test for 'sensitivity to scale'.  Author URL.

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  • Senior Editor (Economics), Social Science & Medicine
  • Member, editorial board, SSM-Health Systems
  • Member, Executive Board, NIHR School for Public Health Research
  • Member, TRAC Development Group, Office for Students
  • Member, Science Council, Food Standards Agency
  • Member, Tackling Infections Funding Panel, UKRI
  • Non-Executive Director, South West Academic Health Science Network

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Postgraduate researchers

  • Bethany Parkes

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