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Professor of Economic & Public Policy, University of Surrey

Graham is Professor of Economic and Public Policy in the Department of Health Care Management and Policy. Prior to joining Surrey, he spent seven years in the Department of Management at King’s College London.

He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Somerville College, Oxford and has a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Econometrics from Imperial College London, and a Pg.CAP from King’s College London. An applied econometrician by training, Professor Cookson’s interests lie primarily in the economic analysis of public services and public policy, especially within health care.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society where he is a Committee Member of the Official Statistics Section, and a member of the Royal Economic Society. He is an Expert Panel Member at the Ministry of Justice.

In 2013 he was awarded a £1 million Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award to study the measurement and determinants of productivity and performance of public sector organisations, especially within the health care sector. Of particular interest is the role of the workforce and its relationship with efficiency and effectiveness. In the past his work has been funded by ESRC, NIHR, NICE, DfID, Department for Health, The Law Society and the Metropolitan Police Federation.

His research has been covered across a number of media outlets including, inter alia, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, The Guardian, The Times, the Financial Times, The Independent, the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, and the Evening Standard. He has been interviewed by a range of media and is available for comment.


  • –present
    Professor of Economic & Public Policy, University of Surrey


  • 2011 
    King's College London, Pg.Cert. Academic Practice
  • 2009 
    Imperial College London, Ph.D. Econometrics
  • 2004 
    Imperial College London, M.Sc.
  • 2000 
    University of Oxford, B.A. Philosophy, Politics & Economics