Professor Joy Townsend (nee Skegg)BSc MSc PhD

Emeritus Professor of Economics and Primary Health Care

Joy Townsend's Background

Research in areas of health services research, economics, epidemiology and health economics. Graduate of London School of Economics and School of Oriental and African Studies, Research at the MRC National Institute of Medical Research; lecturer University of Essex; senior scientist at the MRC Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit; initiated and directed the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care at the University of Hertfordshire. In 2000  joined the LSHTM where I continue work on tobacco economics and policy including two studies for European Union on training about tobacco economics, consultant to World Bank and WHO, and HSR in primary health care including new health services in Myanmar. Honorary Secretary and Trustee of the National Heart Forum. Received medals from World Health Organisation for contribution to world health for work on economics of tobacco.

Joy Townsend's Affiliation

Joy Townsend's Teaching

PhD supervision on adolescent health in refugee camps on Thai/Myanmar border, TB and Public Health in Cambodia.

Joy Townsend's Research

Research in tobacco control economics; EU funded studies of economic influences on tobacco use across EU and UK assessing the impact of price, income and smuggling on demand for cigarettes; randomised controlled trials of complex interventions, adolescent care.  Economics of handwashing. Health care in Myanmar. Grantholder on CAMWEL study of treatment of obesity in primary care. Chapter on economics of tobacco control for OECD/WHO book on Economics of Public Health to be published late 2014. Advisor to European Respiratory Society on costs of respiratory disease in Europe. Consultant to World Bank on Tobacco Control and Smuggling of Tobacco in Southern Africa. Economic evaluation of cardiovascular disease research with Dr David Wald at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Behaviour change
  • Capacity strengthening
  • Economic evaluation
  • Health services research
  • Primary care
  • Public health
  • Tobacco control


  • Economics
  • Epidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cardiovascular disease


  • Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
  • European Union
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Other interests

  • Adolescents
  • Cost Effectiveness Analysis
  • General Practice
  • Health Economics
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Obesity,adolescent Health
  • Southeast Asia
  • Time Series
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