Welcome to the Health Economics Group

As part of the world renowned Institute of Health & Society, the Health Economics Group prides itself on high quality research. Our group is expanding all the time and I hope that this website lets you see our research interests and examples of our work

Luke Vale, Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics    


  • Yemi Oluboyede, invited speaker, 'ASO Symposium 1 – Should we be adopting a less weight-centred approach?',  at the 3rd UK Congress on Obesity 2016.  Presentation title: Innovations in measurements: Quality of life and economic evaluation. (UKCO2016) http://asoorguk.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/UKCO-2016-Full-Programme-7.pdf
  • Thinking that somebody's going to delay (a tonsillectomy) for one to two years is quite horrifying really': a qualitative feasibility study for the NAtional Trial of Tonsillectomy IN Adults (NATTINA Part 2). McSweeney LA, O'hara JT, Rousseau NS, Stocken DD, Sullivan F, Vale L et al, Clinical Otolaryngology 42 (3), 578-583
  • Development and refinement of the WAItE: a new obesity-specific quality of life measure for adolescents. Oluboyede Y, Hulme C, Hill A. Quality of Life Research Epub ahead of print
  • Evaluation of a complex healthcare intervention to increase smoking cessation in pregnant women: interrupted time series analysis with economic evaluation. Bell R, Glinianaia S, van der Waal Z, Close A, Moloney E, Jones S, et al. Tobacco Control Epub ahead of print


Based within the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, the Health Economics Group is involved in a wide variety of health economics research  aimed at informing and guiding decision-making and health policy by addressing questions such as the economic-determinants of poor health, the valuation of benefits associated with technologies to prevent and treat ill-health and, the identification and evaluation of policies to promote Health & Wellbeing.

The work is divided between three main research themes:

Within the economic evaluation theme in addition to improving methods on cost-effectiveness analysis we also conduct extensive preference elicitation research. SEED (Supporting Excellence in End of Life care for Dementia) is an example where these methodologies are applied.  Other research themes explore economic health inequalities as part of clinical trials such as FiCTION (Filling Children’s Teeth: Indicated Or Not?)  or the socio-economic determinants related to unhealthy behaviours.


Current Vacanices

There are currently no vacancies

In September Luke Vale attended the Global Evidence Summit.  The theme for 2017 was 'Using Evidence. Saving Lives'. This year the conference was hosted by Cochrane South Africa.  The event aimed to advance the use of reliable research evidence in addressing some of the world's most serious health and social challenges.