PhD, London School of Economics, 1997
MPhil, University of Cambridge, Kings College, 1987
BA, University of Oxford, St. Anne's College, 1986
My background is in politics and economics, and I have a broad interest in health systems having previously studied issues in health financing, the role of the private sector, health worker motivation, changing roles of government and the impact of global health initiatives on health systems.
Currently I am interested in understanding and addressing some of the institutional challenges in promoting stronger governance for health. For example, my interests encompass:-
• How alternative institutional arrangements support (or undermine) the use of evidence in policy and decision-making
• How to strengthen multisectoral collaboration for health
• The nature of donor/country government relations in health and in particular issues of donor transition
• Enhancing accountabilities for health, in particular understanding approaches and challenges to institutionalizing accountability mechanisms.
I enjoy working in multi-disciplinary teams, and many of the projects I am involved in use mixed-methods approaches. I am particularly interested in the application of political science to health systems, as this is too often neglected.
I am currently the CEO of the Future Health Systems consortium, and the former chair of Health Systems Global, I also Chair the Joint Health Systems Resarch Committee (Wellcome Trust/MRC/DFID/ESRC). I currently direct the DrPH program at Johns Hopkins.
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