Dr Marie Sanderson

BA(Hons) MA MSc PhD

Assistant Professor


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2458

I am a policy analyst and organisational economist, whose research is focused on the governance of health services.  My interest spans the structures of health systems and the relationships between organisations responsible for the provision and commissioning of health care. I have an MSc in Social Policy (Southampton) and a PhD from LSHTM.  My doctoral research (funded by an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship) was concerned with the way health care organisations in the English NHS negotiate incentives for competition and collaboration to deliver co-ordinated care to diabetic patients. 

Prior to embarking on my academic career, I had a career as an NHS Manager and have held a variety of management positions in both strategic and hospital settings.




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


I am a seminar lead on the Health Policy, Process and Power module of the MSc in Public Health.


I am a member of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Systems and Commissioning (PRUComm), a unit which provides evidence to the Department of Health to inform the development of policy on commissioning. Most recently we investigated the implementation of new models of contracting in the NHS, such as Alliance contracting, which are thought to develop closer collaboration between organisations. Our current research concerns development of  new forms of organisational collaboration in local health areas in the NHS (Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs)).


Research Area
Health care policy
Health policy
Health services research
Organisational research
Health services
Qualitative methods
Policy analysis
Political science
Social Sciences
Social Policy
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Agreeing the allocation of scarce resources in the English NHS: Ostrom, common pool resources and the role of the state.
Sanderson M; Allen P; Moran V; McDermott I; Osipovic D
Social Science and Medicine
Divergence of NHS choice policy in the UK: what difference has patient choice policy in England made?
Sanderson M; Allen P; Peckham S; Hughes D; Brown M; Kelly G; Baldie D; Mays N; Linyard A; Duguid A
Journal of health services research & policy
Patient choice: A contemporary policy story
Peckham S; Sanderson M
Shaping Health Policy: Case Study Methods and Analysis
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