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Eleonora Fichera

Chair professor, Department of Economics, University of Bath

Eleonora is Professor in Applied Economics at the University of Bath. She joined the Department of Economics in March 2017 as Senior Lecturer, she became Deputy Head of Department in February 2019 and is now Acting Head of Department since September 2022. Prior to joining the University of Bath, she was working at the Manchester Centre for Health Economics, University of Manchester where she held an MRC Early Career Fellowship in Economics of Health (2013-2016).

Eleonora attained her PhD in Economics at the University of Nottingham, her M.Sc. in Economics at University College London and her B.A. at Bocconi University (Milan).

She has held visiting positions at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and at the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Eleonora's research interests are in the economics of health and applied micro-econometrics. Her research investigates the socio-economic determinants of health in both developed and developing countries.Her recent work investigates the effect of pollution on health, information and taxes on consumer behaviour (including their dietary choices), health and housing, the relationship between medical treatment and individual behaviour, the effect of early life shocks on later life health and the relation between physical and mental health. She is also working on issues related to gender in academic career progression.

Eleonora has obtained grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC), MRC jointly with DFiD and ESRC, the National Institute for Health Research, the Royal Economic Society, the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, the University of Manchester Research Institute and the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. Current grant-funded work examines the health impact of health financing systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and the effect of maternity leave policies on the academic job market. She is also working on the economic analysis of the effects of urban development on health within the TRUUD MRC consortium until 2024.

She has presented at several national and international conferences in economics, health economics and econometrics, and development economics.


  • 2019–2022
    Reader, University of Bath
  • 2017–2019
    Senior lecturer, University of Bath
  • 2009–2017
    Research Fellow in Health Economics, University of Manchester


  • 2010 
    University of Nottingham, Ph.D. Economics
  • 2006 
    University College London, M.Sc. Economics
  • 2003 
    Bocconi University (Italy), BA Economics of International Institution