Dr Giulia Greco MSc PhD

Assistant Professor and MRC Fellow (Economics of Health)


I obtained a degree in Economics and Public Administration at Bocconi University in Milan and an MSc in Social Policy and Planning for Developing Countries at LSE, with a dissertation on the international migration of health workers. I completed my PhD at the LSHTM on the development of a multidimensional index based on Sen’s Capability Approach to assess women’s wellbeing in rural Malawi

I joined the Health Economics and Financing Programme (now HESA) at the LSHTM in 2006. In 2013-14 I have supported the drafting of the Wellbeing and Policy report of the Legatum Commission chaired by Gus O'Donnell with Angus Deaton, Richard Layard, Martine Durand and David Halpern.

I have recently been awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the UK Medical Research Council to develop a wellbeing measure for use in economic evaluation of public health programmes.

I am currently an Honorary Health Economist at the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Economics, Makerere University, Uganda




I am a seminar leader for Introduction to Health Economics at the LSHTM.

I teach in the course Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Health Care for the MSc in Health Services Research; and the course Health Economics and Finance for the MPH at Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda.


My main research interest is on the measurement and determinants of subjective wellbeing and capabilities, and their use in the evaluation of complex public health interventions. My second area of focus is maternal and child health. In particular, I am interested in: 1) assessment of financial resources for attaining MDGs 4 and 5 in priority countries; 2) economic evaluations of reproductive, maternal and newborn health programmes (MaiMwana Project in Malawi; Saving Newborn Lives in Nepal and Malawi; EVA-PMDUP in Zambia and India); 3) economic evaluation of complex interventions (Good School trial to reduce violence against children in Uganda and 4) impact evaluation of a pay for performance programme in Tanzania.

Research areas

  • Complex interventions
  • Economic evaluation
  • Gender
  • Health care financing
  • Health outcomes
  • Impact evaluation
  • Maternal health
  • Mixed methods
  • Public health
  • Reproductive health


  • Development studies
  • Economics
  • Social Policy


  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Burkina Faso
  • India
  • Malawi
  • Nepal
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

Other interests

  • Abortion
  • Capabilities Approach
  • Developing countries
  • Development Economics
  • Feminism
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Health Economics
  • Maternal And Child Health
  • Participatory Research
  • Quality of Life
  • Subjective wellbeing
  • Wellbeing
  • community participation
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