Richard Cookson

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Richard Cookson is a Professor and NIHR Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics.

Richard’s research focuses on equity in health and health care and is summarised in this 15-minute YorkTalk and his inaugural lecture. He has developed health equity indicators for the NHS and methods of equity-informative economic evaluation and is currently conducting a five-year fellowship research programme (PDF  , 427kb) on the health equity impacts of organisations and interventions.

Richard is an Honorary Public Health Academic, Public Health England and a member of the NHS Outcomes Framework Technical Advisory Group (OFTAG). He served on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Technology Appraisal Committee from 2002-7 and the Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee from 2007-9, and was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Treasury in 2010. He helped set up the UK Health Equity Network in 1999, organised a University of York Health Strategy Forum for senior health executives in 2010, and co-chaired the economics sub-group for the Marmot review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European region from 2010-12. He edited the public health section of the Elsevier On-Line Encyclopedia of Health Economics from 2012-14, and from 2011-13 edited the collected works of Tony Culyer and Jonathan Bradshaw and published them in free e-book editions.

Richard holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a DPhil in Economics from the University of York, and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. After completing his doctorate, he worked at the Centre for Health Economics (1997-8), the London School of Economics LSE Health and Social Care (1998-00), the University of East Anglia School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice (2000-6) and the University of York Department of Social Policy and Social Work (2006-10).

He also writes the occasional blog about health economic issues.



  • equity in health and health care


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  • James Love-Koh from 2013, co-supervised with Susan Griffin from CHE
  • Estela Capelas Barbosa from 2011

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Richard Cookson
Professor and NIHR Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Health Economics