Dr Timothy Powell-Jackson
in Health Economics
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am an Associate Professor in Health Economics in the Department of Global Health and Development and a member of the Centre for Health Economics in London (CHIL). I have 15 years of research experience working in low- and middle-income countries, applying empirical methods to understand how health systems function and how they can perform better.
I first developed an interest in health economics while working at the Ministry of Health, Rwanda on a two-year placement with the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme. I did my doctorate at LSHTM, spending two years in Nepal carrying out research as part of a UK government funded project evaluating a national maternal health financial incentive programme.
Much of my work involves the evaluation of policies that seek to increase patient demand for healthcare or improve the quality of care. I work on topics ranging from health financing and provider payment reforms to management practices and the private sector. My research has been published in medical journals as well as health and development economics journals.
I am module co-organiser of Introduction to Health Economics. I also teach on Economic Analysis of Health Policy and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions.
I am the Departmental Research Degree Coordinator.
Publications are listed below. See also Google Scholar.
My research focuses on health economics issues in developing countries. I have a keen interest in financial incentives, impact evaluation, the economic consequences of ill health, equity in health financing, maternal health and, more broadly, the interaction between health and development.
My PhD research was based on an evaluation of a nationwide financial incentive programme for maternal health in Nepal. This interest in financial incentives - both demand and supply-side - has continued with research in India, China and Tanzania.
My current research includes: 1) Understanding and enhancing approaches to quality improvement in small and medium-sized private facilities in sub-Saharan Africa, funded by the Health Systems Research Initiative; 2) Lancet Global Health Commission on primary health care financing; 3) several MRC-funded research projects on primary healthcare in Brazil; and 4) a new NIHR-funded project on the role of hospital management in improving quality of care for small and sick newborns in Malawi.
I supervise PhD students with an interest in health systems research in low- and middle-income countries, strong quantitative skills and a background in economics.