Dr Giulia Greco
MSc PhD FHEA
in Health and Wellbeing Economics
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am a health economist with a research interest in understanding the value of health and quality of life, and the measurement of broader outcomes in the evaluation of public health programmes, including capabilities and subjective wellbeing. I joined the LSHTM in 2006, and I am co-Director of the Global Health Economics Centre.
I obtained a degree in Economics and Public Administration at Bocconi University in Milan and an MSc in Social Policy and Planning for Developing Countries at LSE, with a dissertation on the international migration of health workers. I completed my PhD at the LSHTM on the development of a multidimensional index based on Sen’s Capability Approach to assess women’s wellbeing in rural Malawi.
In 2013-14 I have supported the development of the Wellbeing and Policy report of the Legatum Commission chaired by Gus O'Donnell with Angus Deaton, Richard Layard, Martine Durand and David Halpern. In 2021, I worked with the WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All, chaired by Mariana Mazzucato, on the development of the 3rd Council Brief on Valuing Health for All and an Insight on time-use data.
I was awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the UK Medical Research Council to develop a wellbeing measure for use in economic evaluation of public health programmes. I was Honorary Senior Scientist at the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit and Visiting Lecturer at the School of Economics, Makerere University, Uganda from 2016 to 2019.
I was a founder and convener of the iHEA Special Interest Group for Early Career Researchers (2016 - 2021) and I am a convener for the Special Interest Group on Mental Health Economics. I am an elected member of the Executive Council of the Human Development & Capabilities Association and I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.
I supervised Ian Ross for his PhD on measuring and valuing quality of life in sanitation interventions in Mozambique and I am currently supervising 1) Kenneth Katumba, with a PhD on the role of structural and behavioural factors for HIV prevention in Uganda; 2) Rebecca Prah, working on the use of novel quality of life measures for assessing adolescent wellbeing and menstrual health in Uganda; and 3) Michaela Takawira, working on the evaluation of a check-up strategy for adolescents in Zimbabwe.
I am a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
I enjoy teaching Health Economics modules to in-house and distance learning students. I am co-Module Organiser for the DL module PHM203: Economic Analysis for Health Policy, and MSc Project tutor for the Masters in Public Health. I was a seminar leader for Introduction to Health Economics at the LSHTM.
I taught in the course Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Health Care for the MSc in Health Services Research; the course Health Economics and Finance for the MPH at Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda, and a session on the economics of reproductive and sexual health at the East Africa Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Health.
I am a convener of the annual HDCA Summer School.
My main research interest is on the measurement and determinants of subjective wellbeing and capabilities, and their use in the evaluation of complex public health interventions, using mixed-methods. In particular, I have been working on:
1) assessment of financial resources for RMNCH in priority countries as part of the Countdown initiative;
2) economic evaluation of reproductive, maternal and newborn health programmes (MaiMwana Project in Malawi; Saving Newborn Lives in Nepal and Malawi; EVA-PMDUP in Zambia and India, OMWaNA Kangaroo Mother Care in Uganda);
3) economic evaluation of complex interventions in schools:
- Good School and PVACS trials to reduce violence against children in Uganda and Tanzania
- Problem-solving mental health programme in India (PRIDE)
- Menstrual Hygiene Management in Uganda (MENISCUS) and Tanzania
- Adolescent check-up strategies in Zimbabwe, Ghana and Tanzania (Y-CHECK)
4) economic analysis of mental health programmes (RECAP and GOAL in Uganda and Lebanon, CHANGE in Uganda and Ukraine, HIV+D in Uganda)
5) economic analysis of direct and indirect health impacts of extreme heat on pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and health workers, affected by climate change (HIGH HORIZONS)