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Economics of health, social policy and wellbeing

Economics of health, social policy and wellbeing

Now more than ever, economics is grappling with the meanings of progress and what the economy and policy are aiming for. Widening the concept of well-being to uncover its multiple dimensions remain at the centre of much research on welfare economics, social policy and health economics. We welcome proposals from all disciplines interested in researching the following issues:

  • Economics of health: health policies, health systems, impact of economic policies on health outcomes, the interactions between health and socio-economic inequalities, health and international development
  • Economics of social policy: social security policy and impacts on poverty and inequality, gender impacts of fiscal policy, investment in childcare and adult social care, quality of care employment, minimum income standards, taxation, microsimulation of tax and benefit policies, division of paid and unpaid work
  • Economics of well-being: capabilities approach and measurement, multidimensional concepts of well-being, time-use analysis and working time reduction, cultural approaches to well-being, interaction between care work and well-being, autonomy and care needs, politics of well-being and happiness, measures of economic progress, collective well-being and public goods.

Qualifications available

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Research degree fees.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential supervisors


Women in care home

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

A Shipman
Email: FASS-Econ-PG-Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 659656