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Richard Cookson



Richard Cookson is a Professor at the Centre for Health Economics, and Co-Director of the Equity in Health Policy (Equipol) research group.

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 helped to develop local health equity indicators for the NHS; equity-informative health economic evaluation; and methods for gauging public concern for reducing health inequality.

Richard edited the Oxford University Press handbook of distributional cost-effectiveness analysis, and co-founded Special Interest Groups on this topic for the International Health Economics Association and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.

Richard is an Honorary Public Health Academic, Public Health England and a member of the NHS Advisory Committee for Resource Allocation. He has co-chaired various international working groups on equity; served on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Technology Appraisal Committee 2002-7, the Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee 2007-9 and the NHS Outcomes Framework Technical Advisory Committee 2012-16; 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, edited the public health section of the Elsevier On-Line Encyclopedia of Health Economics 2012-14, and edited the collected works of Jonathan Bradshaw, Anthony Culyer and Alan Maynard in free e-book formats.

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 School for Business and Society (2006-10).

He also writes the occasional blog about health economic issues.



  • equity in health and health care


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Current PhD students

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

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Richard Cookson
Centre for Health Economics