John Cairns

MA MPhil

of Health Economics

Room 143

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom


John Cairns graduated MA(Hons) in Economic Science from the University of Aberdeen. After a year of graduate study at the University of York he spent two years as a research fellow in the Institute for Social and Economic Research. This was followed by a return to the University of Aberdeen where he spent eleven years as a lecturer in the Department of Economics. In 1989 he took up a post as senior research fellow in the Health Economics Research Unit and was appointed director in 1993. He was awarded a personal chair in 2002. He took up his current post in May 2004. He has been a member of the NICE technology appraisal committee since 2003. 


Department of Health Services Research and Policy


In 2016-17 lecturer on MSc Public Health modules Economic Evaluation and Economic Analysis for Health Policy. Lecturer on the certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology. Seminar leader for Economic Analysis for Health Policy. Deputy module co-ordinator on the distance learning module Economic Evaluation.


Research Area
Economic evaluation
Health technology assessment
Health economics

Selected Publications

How should HCV treatment be prioritized in the direct-acting antiviral era? An economic evaluation including population prevention benefits.
Martin, N.K.; Vickerman, P.; Dore, G.J.; Grebely, J.; Miners, A.; Cairns, J.; Foster, G.R.; Hutchinson, S.J.; Goldberg, D.J.; Martin, T.C.; Ramsay, M.; STOP-HCV Consortium, .; Hickman, M.;
J Hepatol
Predicting patient survival after deceased donor kidney transplantation using flexible parametric modelling.
Li, B. ; Cairns, J.A. ; Robb, M.L. ; Johnson, R.J. ; Watson, C.J. ; Forsythe, J.L. ; Oniscu, G.C. ; Ravanan, R. ; Dudley, C. ; Roderick, P. ; Metcalfe, W. ; Tomson, C.R. ; Bradley, J.A. ;
BMC Nephrol
The economic benefits of reducing the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) near primary schools: The case of London.
Guerriero, C. ; Chatzidiakou, L. ; Cairns, J. ; Mumovic, D. ;
J Environ Manage
CHILDSPLA: a collaboration between children and researchers to design and animate health states.
Abrines Jaume, N.; Abbiss, M.; Wray, J.; Ashworth, J.; Brown, K.L.; Cairns, J.;
Child Care Health Dev
Young People's Preferences for Family Planning Service Providers in Rural Malawi: A Discrete Choice Experiment.
Michaels-Igbokwe, C. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ; Lagarde, M. ; Chipeta, E. ; Integra Initiative, . ; Cairns, J. ;
PLoS One
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