Dr Luke MunfordPhD MSc BSc

Research Fellow

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Luke is a Research Fellow in Health Economics and currently holds a Medical Research Council (MRC) 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. 

His research has focused on applying econometric and statistical methods to existing secondary data to investigate the wider determinants of health (determinants outside of the health care sector) and to investigate the consequences of health inequalities.

Luke co-leads the “Health in a wider context” research theme within the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research and is the module leader for two modules within the Economics discipline area.

He was the Manchester lead for the NHSA report “Health for Wealth” which showed that reducing geographical health inequalities between the Northern Powerhouse and the rest of England could generate an extra £13.2bn to the economy. The report is available at: http://www.thenhsa.co.uk/2018/11/major-new-report-connects-norths-poor-health-with-poor-productivity/


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 University of Manchester 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)
  • Royal Economic Society (RES)

Organisational Responsibilities:

  • EuHEA PhD Early Career Researcher Committee member
  • 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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