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Carmen S. Christian

Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of the Western Cape

Using my interdisciplinary background (health science and economics) to advance research that impacts health policy - and ultimately health outcomes - for the better.


  • 2011–present
    Senior lecturer, Economics Department, University of the Western Cape


  • 2019 
    Stellenbosch University, PhD Economics
  • 2015 
    University of the Western Cape, M. Econ cum laude
  • 2011 
    University of the Western Cape, B. Econ (Hon) cum laude
  • 2003 
    University of Cape Town, B.Sc (Physio) distinction in Movement Science


  • 2021
    Alternative mechanisms for delivery of medication in South Africa: A scoping review., Mash, R., Christian, C. & Chigwanda, R.V. South African Family Practice [Online], 63.1: 8 pages.
  • 2021
    ‘The nurse did not even greet me’: how informed versus non- informed patients evaluate health systems responsiveness in South Africa. , Hompashe, D.M., Gerdtham Ulf-G, Christian, C.S., Smith, A., Burger, R. BMJ Global Health.
  • 2020
    Use of simulated patients to assess hypertension case management at public healthcare facilities in South Africa. , Burger, R., Christian C.S., Gerdtham, U.G., Haal, K., Hompashe, D.M., Smith, A., Schutte, A.E. Journal of Hypertension 1.
  • 2019
    Patient predictors of health-seeking behaviour for persons coughing for more than two weeks in high-burden tuberculosis communities: the case of the Western Cape, South Africa. , Christian, C.S., Burger, B., Claassens, C., Bond, V. & Burger, R. BMC Health Services Research 19(1): 160.
  • 2018
    Measuring quality gaps in TB screening in South Africa using standardised patient analysis., Christian, C.S., Gerdtham, U.G., Hompashe, D., Smith, A. & Burger, R. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(4): 729
  • 2018
    Access to health care in post-apartheid South Africa: Availability, affordability, acceptability. , Burger, R., & Christian, C. Health Economics, Policy and Law 1-13.
  • 2012
    Management in the South African public health sector: An x-inefficiency perspective., ​​Christian, Carmen Sue & Nicholas Crisp. Development Southern Africa 29(5): 725-737
  • 2012
    Exploring ways to improve health system performance in developing countries., Christian, Carmen Sue. (Book review). Development Southern Africa 29(5): 767-769

Professional Memberships

  • Member of iHEA (International Health Economics Association)
  • Member of IAFFE (International Association for Feminist Economics)