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Prof Maureen Mackintosh

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Professor of Economics



BA (Oxon), DPhil (Sussex)

Course development and teaching

I'm a member of the pduction team for the new Level 2 module Running the Economy (DD209).

Research interests

The economics of public and social sector organisation, with particular reference to the economics of markets in social sectors, the organisation of health systems and their impact on poverty and inequality.  The interaction of industrial change and social sector development, with particular reference to pharmaceuticals. The role of NGOs in access to essential medicines in low income countries. The economics of development with particular reference to Africa.

Current research projects

Ethics, Payments and Maternal Survival: Wellcome Trust-funded project; 2011-13 Co-investigator; Principal Investigator Dr Paula Tibandebage, Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), Tanzania.

Industrial productivity, health sector performance and policy synergies for inclusive growth: a study in Tanzania and Kenya: DFID-ESRC Growth Programme project 2011-14. Principal investigator. Collaborative project with Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), Tanzania; African Centre for technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya; and RAND-Europe.

Recent research projects include an international collaborative ESRC-funded project on Non-governmental public action to improve access by the poor to good quality low cost medicines, part of the ESRC Non-governmental Public Action (NGPA) research programme, with Prof Sudip Chaudhuri, Dr Phares Mujinja and Dr Meri Koivusalo: Non-governmental Action to Improve the Access of the Poor to Good Quality Low Cost Drugs. Also research project for UNITAID, Geneva, on Interactions between Global Policy and Local Health Markets and Production of Medicines.

Prof Mackintosh is Director of the Open University's inter-faculty Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD). She is member of INNOGEN.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Smith, P. Mackintosh, M. Ross, F., Clayton, J. Price, L. Christian, S. Byng, R. Allan H. (2012) 'Financial and clinical risk in health care reform: a view from below'. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 17 Supp 2 April.

Mackintosh M, Chaudhuri , Mujinja PGM (2011) Can NGOs regulate medicines markets? Social enterprise in wholesaling, and access to essential medicines Globalization and Health 2011, 7:4.

Koivusalo, M. and Mackintosh, M. (2011) 'Commercial influence and global nongovernmental public action in health and pharamceutical policies' International Journal of Health Services, 41(3): 539-363.

Chaudhuri, S., Mackintosh M. and Mujinja, P.G.M. (2010) 'Indian generics producers, access to essential medicines and local production in Africa: an argument with reference to Tanzania'. European Journal of Development Research, 22(4): 451-468. 

Mackintosh, M. and Mujinja, P.G.M. (2010) 'Markets and policy challenges in access to essential medicines for endemic disease' Journal of African Economies, Supp 3 iii166-iii200.

Tibandebage P. and Mackintosh M. (2009) 'Maternal mortality in Africa: a gendered lens on health system failure' Socialist Register 2009.

Mackintosh M., Chataway, J. and Wuyts M. (eds.) (2008) Promoting Innovation, Productivity and Industrial Growth and Reducing Poverty: Bridging the Policy Gap Routledge, London.

Mackintosh, M. (2007) Planning and market regulation: strengths, weaknesses and interactions in the provision of less inequitable and better quality health care. Peer-reviewed paper commissioned by the Health Systems Knowledge Network of the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation. Available from: (Accessed 3 January 2012).

Mackintosh, M. (2007) 'International migration and extreme health inequality: robust arguments and institutions for international redistribution in health care' in McIntyre, D. and Mooney, G. (eds.) (2007) The Economics of Health Equity Cambridge University Press.

Smith, P. and Mackintosh, M. (2007) 'Profession, market and class: nurse migration and the remaking of division and disadvantage'. Journal of Clinical Nursing , 16 (12): 2213-2220.

Mackintosh, M. Chataway, J. and Wuyts, M.(2007) 'Promoting innovation, productivity and industrial growth and reducing poverty: bridging the policy gap : Introduction to the Special Issue'. European Journal of Development Research (2007).

Mackintosh, M. and Tibandebage, P. (2007) 'Competitive and organisational constraints on innovation, investment and quality of care in a liberalised low income health system: evidence from Tanzania' European Journal of Development Research (2007).

Smith, P., Allan H., Henry, L.W., Larsen J.A., Mackintosh M. (2006) Valuing and Recognising the Talents of a Diverse Health Care Workforce Report of the REOH project, University of Surrey and the Open University.

Mackintosh, M. and Tibandebage, P. (2006) 'Gender and health sector reform: analytical perspectives on African experience' in Razavi, S. and Hassim, S. (eds.) (2006) Gender and Social Policy in a Global Context: Uncovering the gendered structure of 'the social' Palgrave, Basingstoke.

Mackintosh, M. (2006) 'La commercialisation des soins de santé et ses inégalités' in Coméliau, C., Guillioz, S., Carton, M., Flückiger, Y., Mackintosh, M. and Merrien, F-X. (2006) Le Défi Social du Développement: Globalisation et Inégalités IUED, Geneva and Karthala, Paris.

Mackintosh, M. Mensah, K. Henry L. and Rowson, M. (2006) 'Aid, restitution and fiscal redistribution in health care: implications of health professionals migration' Journal of International Development 18: 757-770.

Mackintosh, M. Raghuram, P. and Henry, L. (2006) 'A perverse subsidy: African trained nurses and doctors in the NHS' Soundings 34: 103-113

Mackintosh M. and Kovalev S. (2006) 'Commercialisation, inequality and transition in health care: the policy challenges in developing and transitional countries' Edited 'Policy Arena', Journal of International Development 18(3).

Mackintosh, M. (2006) 'Commercialisation, inequality and the limits to transition in health care: a Polanyian framework for policy analysis' Journal of International Development 18(3) 393-406.

Mackintosh, M. and Koivusalo, M. (eds.) (2005) Commercialization of Health Care: Global and Local Dynamics and Policy Initiatives  Basingstoke, Palgrave.

Tibandebage, P. and Mackintosh, M (2005 ) 'The market shaping of charges, trust and abuse: health care transactions in Tanzania ' Social Science and Medicine 61 1385-1395.

Mensah, K. Mackintosh, M. and L. Henry (2005) The 'Skills Drain' of Health Professionals from the Developing World: a Framework for Policy Formulation Medact, February.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Last updated: 17 September 2013