Pauline Allen MA (Oxon) MSc (Econ) PhD Solicitor of the Superior Courts of England and Wales

Professor of Health Services Organisation

About Pauline Allen

Research on the governance of health systems and services


After taking a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University I qualified as a solicitor and practised company commercial law. I then made a career change into research by taking an MSc in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and working in an NHS district public health department. My PhD work at LSHTM was on the legal and economic aspects of the NHS internal market.




I am involved in the teaching of the modules on Health Systems and Organisational Management. I supervise a number of research students looking at organisational issues in health care providers and health care systems.


I am deputy director of one the national Policy Research Units funded by the Department of Health from 2011 to the end of 2018. The research unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) is a joint venture with the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation research group in the Department of Primary Care at the University of Manchester and the Centre for Health Services Studies in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent.

My research interests include socio-legal theory, institutional economics, organisational theory, governance and the structure of the NHS.

In addition to researching these issues in the United Kingdom, I am collaborating with colleagues in China. I am Visiting Professor of Health Services Organisation at the Medicine and Health Management School, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. 



Research areas

  • Evaluation
  • Evidence use
  • Health care financing
  • Health care policy
  • Health services research
  • Health systems
  • Implementation research
  • Mixed methods
  • Organisational research
  • Primary care
  • Private sector
  • Qualitative methods
  • Research : policy relationship


  • Economics
  • Law
  • Policy analysis
  • Political science
  • Social Policy
  • Socio-legal studies


  • European Union
  • North America
  • OECD members


  • Canada
  • China
  • Finland
  • France
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Administration
  • Community health services
  • English National Health Service; markets for healthcare
  • Friendly Societies
  • Governance
  • Health Care Systems Evaluation
  • Health Policy Process
  • Health Sector Reform
  • Health Service Integration
  • Healthcare Management
  • Hospital Reform
  • Institutional Economics
  • NHS
  • Networks
  • New Institutional Economics
  • New Public Management
  • Organisational Theory
  • PRUComm
  • Partnerships
  • Patient And Public Involvement
  • Public Administration
  • Socio legal theory
  • capital projects
  • commissioning
  • corporate actors
  • economics of health care
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