Professor Richard Smith BA MSc PhD HonMFPH

Professor of Health System Economics


I have been a Health Economist for over 25 years, following undergraduate and postgraduate studies in economics at the University of York. Upon leaving York in 1991, I worked in Sydney, Cambridge, Bristol, Melbourne and Norwich, before joining the LSHTM in May 2007.  From 2008-2011 I served as Head of Department of Global Health & Development, and since 2011 have served as Dean of Faculty of Public Health & Policy.




My current interests are broadly in the interaction and interface between a nations health system and other systems - both within the nation (e.g. agriculture, manufacturing and finance sectors) and between different countries (e.g. through movement of patients and health professionals).  This interest has been manifest in two areas: (i) macro-economic modeling of health (care), concerning the impact of communicable and non-communicable diseases and related polices; and(ii) economic analysis of the impact of trade and trade agreements.  A significant programme of work that I am involved in, which concerns these areas is with the Leverhulme Centre for Intergrative Research on Agriculture and Health.

Research areas

  • Agriculture
  • Climate change
  • Complex interventions
  • Drug resistance
  • Globalisation
  • Health systems
  • Methodology
  • Modelling
  • Trade


  • Economics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Chronic disease
  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Obesity
  • Pandemic diseases


  • World


  • Ghana
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
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