Professor of Health Policy, University of Otago

Robin Gauld is a NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor, hosted by the School of Advanced Study, University of London from September-December 2014. He will be speaking at a lecture on The current English NHS reforms: what can be learned from NZ? on Wednesday 22 October at the Nuffield Trust.

In New Zealand, he is Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, at the University of Otago, and Director of the Centre for Health Systems, which spans the School of Business and the Dunedin School of Medicine.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Boston University Health Policy Institute, and was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in 2008-09, working with colleagues from Boston University and Harvard University.

Past positions include lecturing and research posts at the University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong, and teaching at the University of Texas and Harvard University.

Current research interests include: comparative health policy, health system and quality improvement, clinical governance, primary care, population based health funding formulas, and health information technology.

Robin has authored over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and several books and chapters. His book The New Health Policy (Open University Press, 2009) was awarded first prize in the Health and Social Care category at the 2010 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards. Other recent books include Revolving Doors: New Zealand's Health Reforms - the Continuing Saga (Institute of Policy Studies and Health Services Research Centre, 2009), The Age of Supported Independence co-authored with Beatrice Hale and Patrick Barrett (Springer, 2010), Health Care Systems in Asia and Europe co-edited with Christian Aspalter and Uchida Yasuo (Routledge, 2011), and Democratic Governance in Health, co-authored with Miriam Laugesen (Otago University Press, 2012).

Robin has a PhD in public administration from the University of Hong Kong, and a master's degree with distinction and first class honours from Victoria University of Wellington.


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    Professor of Health Policy, University of Otago