Dr Timothy Powell-Jackson MSc PhD

Associate Professor in Health Economics


I am a health economist with the Health Economics and Systems Analysis (HESA) Group, which is based in the Department of Global Health and Development. I am also a member of the Maternal and Newborn Health Group. I developed an interest in health economics while working at the Ministry of Health, Rwanda on a two-year placement with the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme.

I joined the school in 2006 and completed my PhD in 2010.




I am module co-organiser of Introduction to Health Economics.


Publications are listed below. See also Google Scholar.

My research focuses on health economics issues in developing countries. I have a keen interest in financial incentives, impact evaluation, the economic consequences of ill health, equity in health financing, maternal health and, more broadly, the interaction between health and development.

My PhD research was based on an evaluation of a nationwide financial incentive programme for maternal health in Nepal. This interest in financial incentives - both demand and supply-side - has continued with research in India, China and Tanzania.

My current research includes: 1) An evaluation of a social franchise programme in Uttar Pradesh, India, funded by Merck for Mothers; 2) Understanding and enhancing approaches to quality improvement in small and medium-sized private facilities in sub-Saharan Africa, funded by the Health Systems Research Initiative; 3) District health management and public service delivery: evidence from India flagship health programme, funded by the Health Systems Research Initiative and 4) Understanding declines in maternal mortality in China funded by the Countdown.

I supervise PhD students with an interest in health systems research in low- and middle-income countries, strong quantitative skills and a background in economics.

Research areas

  • Child health
  • Complex interventions
  • Health care financing
  • Health impact analysis
  • Health systems
  • Health workers
  • Impact evaluation
  • Inequalities
  • Maternal health
  • Primary care
  • Randomised controlled trials


  • Economics


  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Lao PDR
  • Nepal
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania

Other interests

  • Economic Development
  • Global Aid Assistance
  • Health And Development
  • Health Care Systems Evaluation
  • Health Economics
  • Health Related Behaviour
  • Health Services Utilisation
  • Health System Performance
  • Social Networks
  • Women's health
  • economics of health care
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