Bernd Rechel


Honorary Senior Lecturer

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2106

+44 (0)20 7927 2701

After graduating in sociology at the University of Darmstadt (Germany), I completed an MA in Race and Ethnic Studies at Warwick University and a PhD in Russian and East European Studies at Birmingham University. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and hold the LSHTM Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching. I have published 15 books and more than 70 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.


Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Health and Social Change (ECOHOST)


I teach on health policy, health systems and public health and am a tutor/supervisor for MSc and PhD students.


I am based at the Centre on Health and Social Change (ECOHOST) and work for the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies ( My research interests focus on health, health systems and health policies in Europe. I have undertaken research on challenges to health and health policy in the countries of South Eastern Europe, a study on the appropriateness of the Millennium Development Goals to the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, an evaluation of the Task Force on Communicable Disease Control in the Baltic Sea Region, research on health and human rights in Turkmenistan, a study on capital investment in Europe, and a study on migration and health in the European Union.  I am currently working on a study on public health services in Europe.

Research Area
Health care financing
Health policy
Health sector development
Health systems
Public health
Policy analysis
Political science
Social Sciences
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
European Union

Selected Publications

Health and health systems in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Rechel, B. ; Roberts, B. ; Richardson, E. ; Shishkin, S. ; Shkolnikov, V.M. ; Leon, D.A. ; Bobak, M. ; Karanikolos, M. ; McKee, M. ;
Ageing in the European Union.
Rechel, B.; Grundy, E.; Robine, J.M.; Cylus, J.; Mackenbach, J.P.; Knai, C.; McKee, M.;
Migration and health in an increasingly diverse Europe.
Rechel, B.; Mladovsky, P.; Ingleby, D.; Mackenbach, J.P.; McKee, M.;
Financing Public Health in Europe.
Rechel, B.; Brand, H.; McKee, M.;
Lessons from two decades of health reform in Central Asia.
Rechel, B.; Ahmedov, M.; Akkazieva, B.; Katsaga, A.; Khodjamurodov, G.; McKee, M.;
Health Policy Plan
How the NHS measures up to other health systems.
Ingleby, D. ; McKee, M. ; Mladovsky, P. ; Rechel, B. ;
Out-of-pocket payments for health care services in Bulgaria: financial burden and barrier to access.
Atanasova, E. ; Pavlova, M. ; Moutafova, E. ; Rechel, B. ; Groot, W. ;
Eur J Public Health
Migration and health in the European Union
Rechel, B.; Mladovsky, P.; Devillé, W.; Rijks, B.; Petrova-Benedict, R.; McKee, M.
See all Bernd Rechel's Publications