Mrs Laura Cornelsen

Associate Professor

United Kingdom

I have a MSc degree in Health Economics from University of York and a PhD degree in Economics from Trinity College Dublin. My PhD work focused on the economic impacts of tobacco control policies in Ireland. After two years of post-doctoral work at the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) on agri-health economics, I was awarded a fellowship in Economics of Health, funded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) in 2014. The fellowship work looked at the indirect impact of food taxes and subsidies on food consumption and population health in the UK. In 2017, I was awarded a Career Development Award by the UK MRC. My current research interests focus on understanding linkages between public health and food systems changes, including the role of food prices as well as health-related food policies in influencing health outcomes. I work with large disaggregated household food and beverage expenditure data but also have an interest in choice experiment methods for the prospective analysis of policy effects.

I am a co-director of Population Health Innovation Lab (PHI|Lab) and part of the Global Health Economics Centre (GHECO) and Centre for Data and Statistical Science for Health.

I co-organise the Economic Analysis for Health Policy module and run seminars for Introduction to Health Economics module.


Department of Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Global Health Economics Centre


Research Area
Health economics
Impact evaluation
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases

Selected Publications

Changes in household food and drink purchases following restrictions on the advertisement of high fat, salt, and sugar products across the Transport for London network: A controlled interrupted time series analysis.
YAU, A; Berger, N; Law, C; CORNELSEN, L; GREENER, R; Adams, J; Boyland, EJ; Burgoine, T; De Vocht, F; EGAN, M; ER, V; Lake, AA; LOCK, K; Mytton, O; PETTICREW, M; Thompson, C; White, M; CUMMINS, S;
PLoS medicine
Between preferences and references: Asymmetric price elasticities and the simulation of fiscal policies
Biondi, B; CORNELSEN, L; Mazzocchi, M; Smith, R;
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Patterns of beverage purchases amongst British households: A latent class analysis.
PLoS medicine
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