Dr Giulia Greco


Assistant Professor
and MRC Fellow (Economics of Health)

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

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

I joined the Health Economics and Financing Programme (now HESA) at the LSHTM in 2006. In 2013-14 I have supported the drafting 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.

I have recently been 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 am currently an Honorary Health Economist at the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Economics, Makerere University, Uganda


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I am a seminar leader for Introduction to Health Economics at the LSHTM.

I teach in the course Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Health Care for the MSc in Health Services Research; and the course Health Economics and Finance for the MPH at Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda.


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. My second area of focus is maternal and child health. In particular, I am interested in: 1) assessment of financial resources for attaining MDGs 4 and 5 in priority countries; 2) economic evaluations of reproductive, maternal and newborn health programmes (MaiMwana Project in Malawi; Saving Newborn Lives in Nepal and Malawi; EVA-PMDUP in Zambia and India); 3) economic evaluation of complex interventions (Good School trial to reduce violence against children in Uganda and 4) impact evaluation of a pay for performance programme in Tanzania.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Economic evaluation
Health care financing
Health outcomes
Maternal health
Public health
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Reproductive health
Development studies
Social Policy
Burkina Faso
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Development, Validity, and Reliability of the Women’s Capabilities Index
Greco, G.; Skordis-Worrall, J.; Mills, A.
Journal of Human Development and Capabilities
Malawi three district evaluation: Community-based maternal and newborn care economic analysis.
Greco, G. ; Daviaud, E. ; Owen, H. ; Ligowe, R. ; Chimbalanga, E. ; Guenther, T. ; Gamache, N. ; Zimba, E. ; Lawn, J.E. ;
Health Policy Plan
What is a good life? Selecting capabilities to assess women's quality of life in rural Malawi.
Greco, G. ; Skordis-Worrall, J. ; Mkandawire, B. ; Mills, A. ;
Soc Sci Med
Effect of women's groups and volunteer peer counselling on rates of mortality, morbidity, and health behaviours in mothers and children in rural Malawi (MaiMwana): a factorial, cluster-randomised controlled trial
Lewycka, S.; Mwansambo, C.; Rosato, M.; Kazembe, P.; Phiri, T.; Mganga, A.; Chapota, H.; Malamba, F.; Kainja, E.; Newell, M. L.; Greco, G.; Pulkki-Brannstrom, A. M.; Skordis-Worrall, J.; Vergnano, S.; Osrin, D.; Costello, A.
See all Dr Giulia Greco's Publications