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Marc Suhrcke



Marc Suhrcke is a Professor of Global Health Economics at the Centre for Health Economics (CHE). He joined CHE in June 2014. From 2008 to 2014 he was Professor for Public Health Economics at the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, where he was also part of the UKCRC funded Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), and of the Department of Health-funded Policy Research Unit on Behaviour and Health (BHRU). Prior to UEA he held positions with the World Health Organization, the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, the University of Hamburg, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels), the European Commission (Brussels), and the Hamburg Institute for International Economics.

He holds a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Trier (Germany), a postgraduate degree in International Economic Relations from the University of Konstanz (Germany), and PhD in Economics from Hamburg University.

The main part of his research revolves around a range of economic and econometric aspects of public health in low and middle income countries, which includes the micro and macroeconomic consequences of (ill-)health, the economic evaluation of public health interventions, the measurement of socioeconomic inequalities in - and determinants of - health, and empirical policy impact evaluation. His work has been funded by the World Bank, WHO, the European Commission, DFID, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the NIHR, the MRC, the ESRC and others.

For a full list of publications by Marc Suhrcke, please see his Google Scholar page here:



  • Micro- and macro-economic consequences of (ill-) health
  • Socioeconomic inequalities in health and health behaviours
  • Policy impact evaluation
  • Economic evaluation of public health interventions
  • Low and middle income countries

Research group(s)


Current and recent grants:

  • Co-PI, War and Peace: The Health and Health System Consequences of Conflict in Colombia, MRC Joint Health Systems Research Initiative
  • PI, NIHR Global Health Econometrics and Economics Group, NIHR, 2017-2020
  • PI, Evaluating the role of fiscal policy in improving diets and preventing chronic disease in Chile: impact evaluation and modelling, Newton Fund, MRC, CONICYT, 2016-2018
  • Co-PI, Addressing critical barriers to control of non-communicable disease (NCD) in low, middle and high income countries, ESRC, 2014-2015
  • Co-PI, Opportunities within the school environment to shift the distribution of activity intensity in adolescents. Department of Health - Policy Research Programme, 2014-2017
  • Co-PI, CAPITAL4HEALTH – Capabilities for active lifestyle: An interactive knowledge-to-action research network for health promotion, Federal Ministry of Research, Germany, 2015-2017
  • Co-PI, Evaluation of ‘Walking for Health’, MacMillan & Ramblers, 2013-2015
  • PI, Economic consequences of non-communicable diseases and risk factors in Middle East and North Africa, World Bank, 2013
  • Co-PI, Cost effectiveness and cost benefits of rehabilitation services - a systematic overview, WHO, 2013-2014
  • Co-PI, Sport4Health, Get Healthy Get Into Sport - Evaluation of methods to recruit inactive people into sport, Sport England, 2013-2016
  • Co-PI, Characterising patterns and changes in physical activity in older people and their determinants and consequences, Medical Research Council, 2013-2016
  • Co-PI, A randomised controlled trial to test the clinical and cost-effectiveness of primary care referral to a commercial weight loss provider, Medical Research Council - National Prevention Research Initiative Phase IV, 2012-2015
  • Co-PI, Establishing a Healthy Growth Trajectory from Birth: The Baby Milk Trial, Medical Research Council - National Prevention Research Initiative Phase IV, 2012-2015
  • Co-PI, The Review of Cost-Benefit Models and Their Applicability to Sport, Sport England, 2012
  • Co-PI, Evaluating the impact of structural policies on health, health behaviours and health inequalities, European Commission, 7th Framework Programme, 2012-2014
  • Copenhagen Consensus, Perspectives Paper on Chronic Diseases
  • Co-PI, The health benefits of household water supplies in South Africa, DFID, 2012-2013
  • PI, Chair - Economics Task Group, European Review of Social Determinants of Health, WHO Europe, 2011-2012
  • Co-PI, The impact of recession on communicable diseases (Analytical work), European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC)
  • Co-PI, Policy Research Unit - Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU), Department of Health, 2011-2015
  • Co-PI, ADDITION trial: effects of diabetes treatment on cardiovascular events at 5 years, NIHR HTA
  • PI, European Commission - Executive Agency for Health and Consumers, Patterns and determinants of alcohol consumption in adolescents, 01/2011-04/2012
  • PI, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and TB, Cost-effectiveness of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm), 06-12/2010
  • PI, Costing evaluation of Natural England’s Walking for Health-Schemes, 01-12/2011
  • PI, Scoping exercise on the impact of the economic crisis on communicable diseases, European Centre for Disease Control, 2009
  • Co-PI, Development and evaluation of very brief interventions to increase physical activity in primary care, NIHR Programme Grant, 2010-2014
  • Co-PI, Addressing the social and economic determinants of obesity, European Commission (FP 6), 2007-2010
  • Background paper on the Impact of the Recession on health, for ECHAA Inaugural conference in London, 28/04/2009, European Centre for Health Assets and Architecture, 2009
  • PI, Research note on Economic Crisis and Health in the European Union, for the EC-funded European Observatory on the Social Situation and Demography, 2009
  • PI, Economics of NCDs in China, World Bank, 2008-2010
  • Contribution to Marmot Review, Health Inequalities Strategy for England post-2010; Department of Health, England, 2009
  • PI, The economic rationale for public policy to tackle NCDs in South Asia, World Bank
  • PI, Measurement of socioeconomic inequalities and determinants of health, WHO Venice Office, 2008-2009
  • PI, Health & economic development in the Middle East & North Africa, WHO European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2009-2010
  • PI, Does health determine educational outcomes in high-income countries?, Health Scotland, 2008-2009
  • Economic evaluation of economic & social policy interventions for health, WHO, 2008-2010
  • PI, Assessing the macroeconomic consequences of cardiovascular disease in five developing countries, IC Health, 2008-09
  • PI, Health and wealth in Europe, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2008
  • PI, Methodologies for the microeconomic assessment of adult ill-health in low- and middle-income countries, World Bank, 2007-08


Current PhD students:

  • Girmaye Dinsa  (The socioeconomic inequalities in and determinants of obesity in developing countries)
  • Adam Martin (Socioeconomic determinants and consequences of active travel)
  • Till Seuring (The economics of diabetes in low and middle income countries)
  • Darren Burns (The role of foreign direct investment in health in low and middle income countries)
  • Batsirai Majuru (Unreliable water supplies and household coping strategies in South Africa)

External activities


  • Member, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science, University of East Anglia - since 2013
  • Health economics lead, Department of Health-funded Behaviour and Health Research Unit (collaboration between Cambridge University and UEA) - 2011-2014
  • Co-Chair Economics Task Group, WHO European Review of Social Determinants and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region - 2011-2013
  • Scientific Advisory Council of the International Obesity Taskforce - Since 2010
  • WHO Scientific Reference Group Health Equity - 2009-2012
  • NICE Programme Development Group – prevention of pre-diabetes in adults - 2009-2011
  • OECD expert group on The Economics of Prevention - 2008-2009
  • Health Economics lead, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), and UKCRC-funded collaboration of Cambridge University and UEA - 2008-2014
  • Member of Marmot Review team – Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010 - 2009
  • Institute of Medicine, working group on preventing CVD in developing countries - 2009

Editorial duties

  • Co-editor, Elsevier Encyclopedia of Health Economics – Section on the Economics of Public Health 2011-2013
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Contact details

Professor Marc Suhrcke
Centre for Health Economics