LSE Health aims to expand and improve conceptual frameworks, apply new methodologies, encourage debate about issues raised by research developments and introduce new questions and themes that will contribute to policy discussions.
The Centre brings together diverse disciplinary perspectives and cutting edge methods. Our work is unique in its commitment to bridging the gap between research and policy. We encourage interdisciplinary research that benefits policy makers and health professionals worldwide.
Since our establishment, we have developed significantly, bringing in a substantial number of research awards and producing over a thousand peer-reviewed journal papers, books and reports since 2009 alone.
Our contributions to health policy and practice have been recognised in numerous ways, and notably the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education (awarded in 2009).
LSE Health promotes and draws upon the multidisciplinary expertise of 50 staff members, a significant number of affiliated academics, thriving community of postgraduate students, and a group of highly esteemed visitors.
LSE Health is affiliated to the Department of Health Policy and our staff contribute to the teaching programmes at the department. We also run short courses on specific aspects of health economics and health policy. Together with the Department of Health Policy we host the LSE Global Health Initiative (GHI), a cross-departmental research platform set up to increase the coherence and visibility of global health research at LSE, both internally and externally. It supports interdisciplinary engagement and showcases LSE’s ability to apply rigorous social science research to emerging global health challenges.
LSE Health is a founding member of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, which supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health systems in Europe.
The Observatory publishes Eurohealth, a quarterly periodical which has become a primary platform for policy makers, academics and politicians to express their views on European and comparative health policy developments.
The Centre has benefited from funding for our research programmes from a variety of sources, including public bodies, charitable trusts, foundations and private corporations. Currently, our research is supported (among others) by the Economic and Social Research Council UK (ESRC), the European Commission, the World Health Organization (WHO), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Department for International Development (DfID), The Commonwealth Fund and the Wellcome Trust.
Commissioned by the Brian Abel-Smith Memorial Fund, to recognise the achievements of Abel-Smith and his fellow social policy pioneers, the series charts the contributions of significant figures in the field of social policy who were based at the LSE.