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Maria Goddard
Professor and Director of CHE



Maria is Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre.  Her current research interests in health policy include the measurement of performance, commissioning, mental health, the role of incentives and the regulation and financing of health care systems.  Policy experience has been gained through working in the NHS at health authority level and then as an Economic Adviser in the NHS Executive (Department of Health) for three years.  At the NHS Executive, she was involved in the economic aspects of purchasing, commissioning, planning and regulation. 

Maria is an elected Fellow of The Learned Society of Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  She was previously a Non-Executive Director to the Board of NHS Digital (2014-2017) and an elected member of the Women’s Committee of the Royal Economic Society.  She is a panel member of the Wellcome Trust's Society and BioEthics Expert Review Group and was previously a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Scientist Award Panel and has been a member of numerous research award and funding panels in the UK and overseas.  She has acted as an adviser and consultant to the OECD, World Bank, World Health Organization and the Audit Commission.  She is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, and for BMC Health Services Research, and is on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Health Policy and Management (IJHPM) and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH).  She is a member of York's Fairness and Equalities Board, and was previously a member of the University of York’s Equality and Diversity Committee, and she is a member of the Learned Society of Wales Steering Group on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.  She is a member of the University of York's Senate and University Research Committee.

Curriculum vitae

Maria Goddard - short CV (PDF , 430kb)



  • Measurement of performance, mental health, commissioning, the role of incentives and the regulation and financing of health care systems.

Research group(s)


  • Department of Health: Programme of health policy research in Policy Research Unit: Economics of Social and Health Care Research Unit (ESHCRU)
  • NHS England: Literature Review of Evidence of Inappropriately met need in relation to NHS Funding Formulae
  • NIHR HS&DR: Does better quality of primary care improve outcomes for patients with serious mental illness (SMI)? An analysis of the relationship between SMI management and outcomes using the first linked data on the full patient care pathway
  • NIHR HS&DR: Developing indicators of change in NHS equity performance
  • NIHR SDO: Do higher primary care practice scores predict lower rates of emergency admissions
  • DoH PRP PRU: ESHCRU - Economics of Health and Social Care Systems
  • The Health Foundation: System Efficiency in Mental Health Care 


Previous TAGs:  Laure de Preux (CHE)
                           Nils Gutacker (CHE)

Co-supervisor (with Sheffield):  Jihee Youn (White Rose Collaboration Studentship)

External activities


Advisory Duties

Articles written for The Conversation

Editorial duties

Invited talks and conferences

  • National Housing Federation: 'Care and Support Conference and Exhibition'
    Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham, 17 June 2015
    Evaluating Impact for New Audiences
    Goddard M. (invited presentation)
  • UK-Japan Symposium on Health Economics: ‘Challenges for economic evaluation in the mental health field’, organised by the British Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
    Tokyo, Japan, 30 January 2014
    Health Economics and Health Policy: An overview and experience from England
    Goddard M. (invited presentation)
    Maria also attended a panel session with Embassy officials to discuss the growth of health economics in Japan, and she attended research workshops at Keio University in Tokyo on 31 January 2014. 
  • World Health Organization Headquarters ‘Global Health Histories’ seminar series
    Geneva, Switzerland, 13 June 2012
    Financial incentives in health
    Goddard M. (invited presentation)
  • iHEA 8th World Congress on Health Economics,  
    Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Canada, 11 July 2011
    New developments in purchasing in the English NHS. Liberation or Liability?
    Goddard M. (presentation)
  • Faculty of General Dental Practice Research Symposium on “Access – What exactly is the problem?"
    The Royal College of Surgeons of England, London.  31 May 2011
    Access to care: Are there lessons from medicine?
    Goddard M. (invited presentation)
  • Yorkshire Cancer Research Council of Management meeting
    The Pavilions, Harrogate.  20 April 2011
    Health Economics (and Health Economics at York)
    Goddard M. (invited presentation)
  • CHE and OHE joint workshop on "Equity and Excellence: Economics and Evidence?" 
    Chandos House, 12 Whitehall, London.  8 December 2010
    Competition and providers in the NHS
    Goddard M. (presentation) 
  • 7th Swiss Congress on Health Economics and Health Sciences
    Inselspital Bern, Switzerland, 12 November 2010
    How much may be spent on health – Experience of the NHS in the UK
    Goddard M. (invited presentation)
  • 8th European Conference on Health Economics
    Helsinki, Finland, 7-10 July 2010
    Integrated Resource Mechanisms within Health Care and across Health and Social Care: Evidence from the International Literature
    Weatherly H, Mason A, Goddard M, Wright K. (presentation)
    Paying for mental health care: What are the problems, what are the solutions?
    Mason A, Verzulli R, Goddard M. (poster presentation)
  • 77th Health Economists' Study Group (HESG) meeting
    University College Cork, Ireland, 23-25 June 2010
    Hospital reform in the NHS: Evaluating the impact of Foundation Trusts
    Verzulli R, Jacobs R, Goddard M. (conference paper)
  • European Working Conference on Health Services Research in Europe
    The Hague, The Netherlands, 8-9 April 2010
    Overcoming the Challenges of Policy Evaluation: Health Economics Research and UK System Reform
    Goddard M. (poster presentation)
  • First International Symposium on ‘Pay for Performance’ 
    Sao Paulo, Brazil, 17 November 2009 (invited presentation).
    Paying for Performance:The UK Experience. Goddard M. 
Maria Goddard

Contact details

Maria Goddard
Centre for Health Economics