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Professor of Health Economics, University of Auckland, Waipapa Taumata Rau

Paula is a Professor of Health Economics at the University of Auckland. This is joint post across the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (School of Population Health; Health Systems) and School of Business (Department of Economics).

After completing her training in economics in New Zealand Paula moved to the United Kingdom, which at the time was one of the most stimulating health economics research environments globally. She has held academic positions in the United Kingdom (Nottingham, University of East Anglia, Glasgow, University College London), Australia (Monash) and a visiting position in Germany (Göttingen), and in the independent sector in the United Kingdom (Office of Health Economics).

Paula's research interests span three defined areas in health economics: the determinants of health and healthcare, economic evaluation and outcome measurement. She has worked across the health and medical spectrum and much of her research focuses on cancer, and more recently on long COVID. Paula has experience applying a range of methodologies including the analysis of trial data, decision analytic modelling, econometric analyses of health surveys including panel data, preference elicitation using discrete choice experiments and qualitative analyses.


  • 2022–present
    Professor, School of Population Health / Department of Economics, University of Auckland
  • 2019–2022
    Professor, Department of Applied Health Research, University College London
  • 2015–2018
    Deputy Director, Office of Health Economics
  • 2010–2015
    Associate Professor, Centre for Health Economics, Monash University


  • 2002 
    University of Nottingham, PGCAP
  • 2000 
    University of Otago, New Zealand, PhD
  • 1996 
    University of Canterbury, New Zealand, BSc (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
  • International Health Economics Association
  • Health Economists Study Group

Research Areas

  • Applied Economics (1402)
  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)