Dr Luke MunfordPhD MSc BSc

Research Fellow

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Luke is a Research Fellow at the Manchester Centre for Health Economics and he currently holds a MRC (Medical Research Council) Skills Development Fellowship entitled "Health and Wellbeing in Later Life: Measurement, Predictions and Interventions". This will last for three years, from September 2016 to August 2019.  Currently, he is investigating the effectiveness of community assets – the collective resources which individuals and communities have at their disposal including community centres, libraries, markets and pubs – at improving the health of the ageing population, whilst also reducing the demand for formal healthcare services.

Other work packages of the fellowship include predicting later-life health and well-being using working-life conditions, and understanding the lifecourse differences between measures of health and well-being.

My past research has focused on applying econometric and statistical methods to existing secondary data to investigate:

  • the impact of commuting behaviour specifically, or travel behaviour more generally, on various outcomes, including: health and well-being, social capital, and labour market outcomes including wages;
  • the likely impact of devolution of health and social care budgets to Greater Manchester (‘DevoManc’);
  • the relationship between physical activity and health;
  • the relationship between cognitive impairment and healthcare utilisation;
  • the age-profile between household income and child health.


Luke graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with a first class honours in Economics and Mathematics (including being awarded the Rensburg Shephards Prize for Financial and Quantitative Economics). After that he was funded by the NIHR/ESRC/MRC to study for an MSc in Economics and Health Economics, also at Sheffield,  which he obtained in 2010. Luke’s dissertation examined the role that the provision of informal care played on subjective well-being.

After this Luke began studying for a PhD in Economics in November 2010. His PhD was funded through the ESRC, the Department for Transport, and Government Scotland.  The main aim of Luke’s PhD research was to elicit the impact that commuting time and distance have on an individual’s levels of well-being, health, income, and social capital by employing various microeconometric techniques to a number of longitudinal data sets.

Luke joined the Manchester Centre for Health Economics as a Research Associate in December 2013. He was then appointed to Research Fellow in November 2015.


BSc Economics and Mathematics (Uni. of Sheffield, 2009)

MSc Economics and Health Economics (Uni. of Sheffield, 2010)

PhD Economics (Uni. of Sheffield, 2014)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of:

  • Health Economists' Study Group (HESG)
  • International Health Economics Association (iHEA)
  • American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon)
  • European Health Economics Association (EuHEA)

Organisational Responsibilities:

  • EuHEA PhD Student-Supervisor and Early Career Researcher (ECR) conference organising committee (Manchester, 2014)
  • Coordinator of New Researcher Network (NRN) - part of Policy@Manchester

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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