Professor Richard Smith
BA MSc PhD HonMFPH
of Health System Economics
15-17 Tavistock Place
I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in economics at the University of York. Upon leaving York in 1991, I worked in Sydney, Cambridge, Bristol, Melbourne and Norwich, before joining the LSHTM in May 2007. From 2008-2011 I served as Head of Department of Global Health & Development, and since 2011 have served as Dean of Faculty of Public Health & Policy.
My current interests are broadly in the interaction and interface between a nations health system and other systems - both within the nation (e.g. agriculture, manufacturing and finance sectors) and between different countries (e.g. through movement of patients and health professionals). This interest has been manifest in two areas: (i) macro-economic modeling of health (care), concerning the impact of communicable and non-communicable diseases and related polices; and (ii) economic analysis of the impact of trade and trade agreements. A significant programme of work that I am involved in concerns broader ‘Public Health Economics’ in the UK and globally, focused especially on aspects of links between agriculture and health (Leverhulme Centre for Intergrative Research on Agriculture and Health) and relationships between the food sector and health more generally (School for Public Health Research @ LSHTM).