Professor of Health Economics and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Exeter

Richard Smith is inaugural Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for the University of Exeter Medical School, and Professor of Health Economics. He was previously at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he served as Head of the Department of Global Health & Development from 2008-2011, and as Dean of the Faculty of Public Health & Policy from 2011-2018.

Richard has experience with a wide range of economic methods, including micro-, macro-, behavioural-, and political-economic techniques, applied to various areas, from health outcome assessment to antibiotic resistance. In the last decade he has especially pioneered the macro-economic modelling of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and the economic analysis of the impact of trade and trade agreements on health and health care across a range of areas.

Richard has received research funding in excess of £40m, and has more than 200 publications. He is a senior Editor for Social Science & Medicine, and has had previous editorial responsibilities for journals including Health Economics, Journal of Public Health and Globalization and Health. He has been member and chair of various research funding panels, and expert advisor for numerous organisations, including WHO, WTO, World Bank, OECD and various countries.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Health Economics and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Exeter

Education

  • 2007 
    University of East Anglia, PhD Health Economics