Prof Pauline Allen
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 supervise a number of students looking at organisational issues in health care providers and health care systems.
I am co-director (with Professor Shereen Hussein of LSHTM and Professors Kath Checkland and Matt Sutton of Manchester University) of one the national Policy Research Units, funded by NIHR from 2011 to 2023. The research unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) is led by Professor Stephen Peckham of LSHTM and the University of Kent. It is a joint venture with the University of Manchester and 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.
In 2018 we launched the Global Health Economics Centre https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/centres/global-health-economics-centre. Please visit our web page to find out about our work and download our most recent newsletter.