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Yunus Chair and Distinguished Professor of Health Economics, Glasgow Caledonian University

At GCU, Professor Cam Donaldson was Director of the Centre for Social Business & Health from 2010-2016 and Pro Vice Chancellor Research 2016-2021, and is still a Yunus Cente member.

Cam is a renowned health economist who has been a professor at Aberdeen University, followed by the Svare Chair in Health Economics at the University of Calgary and the Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics at Newcastle University. Cam has won over £30m in research funding, including prestigious fellowship awards, and is known for his methodological and practical research on economic evaluation and health care priority setting. He has published over 300 refereed journal articles in economics, medical, health policy and health management journals and (co-)authored/edited several books on health economics and public service delivery.

Since coming to Yunus Centre in 2010, Cam has also developed a focus on assessing impacts of microcredit and social business on health and wellbeing, funded mostly through awards from the Medical Research Council and the Economic & Social Research Council as well as from the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government’s Health and Care Directorates. In 2017 he led Glasgow Caledonian to become the first University to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals as the framework for its research strategy. In 2022, Cam was listed by in the top 500 (top 50) most cited Economics and Finance academics all-time, and, in March of that year, was elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


  • 2011–present
    Yunus Chair in Social Business & Health, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • 2006–2011
    Director, Institute of Health and Society, University of Newcastle
  • 2001–2006
    Chair in Health Economics, University of Newcastle
  • 1998–2002
    Svare Chair in Health Economics, University of Calgary
  • 1996–2001
    Professor of Health Economics, University of Aberdeen
  • 1991–1998
    Deputy Director, Health Research Unit, University of Aberdeen
  • 1989–1990
    Lecturer in Health Economics, University of Sydney


Alberta Heritage Senior Scholar (1998-2003); Canadian Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator (2000-2002); Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics (2002-2010); National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator (2008-12)