Prof Matt Sutton BA MSc PhD

Chair in Health Economics

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Matt is a Professor of Health Economics and joint-lead of the Health Organisation, Policy and Economics (HOPE) research group


Matt obtained a first class honours degree in Economics with Econometrics from the University of Leeds in 1990 and an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York in 1991. 

Matt joined the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York as a Research Fellow in 1991 and worked on a series of projects for government agencies on the economics of addiction. In 1995 he was a National Drug Strategy Fellow based at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. In 1996 he had a visiting fellowship to the University of Malmo in Sweden.

Matt returned to the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York in 1996 as a Research Fellow in the new National Primary Care Research and Development Centre. In 1999 he left York to take up a secondment at the Scottish Executive as an Economic Adviser where he worked on the 'Arbuthnott' resource allocation formula and inequalities in health.

In 2000 he was appointed Senior Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice & Primary Care at the University of Glasgow where he lead a programme of research using linked survey, population and NHS administrative data. He simultaneously held a part-time appointment in the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland.

He was appointed Professor of Health Economics by the University of Aberdeen in 2004 and was Director of the Behaviour, Performance and Organisation of Care Programme in the Health Economics Research Unit. He joined The University of Manchester as Professor of Health Economics in April 2008.  


BA Economics with Econometrics (Leeds), MSc Health Economics (York), PhD Economics (York)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

NIHR Senior Investigator (2016-2019, 2020-)

Member of the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (2017-)

Associate Editor of Health Economics (2007-)

Member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (2018-2020)

Deputy Chair of the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research Programme Board (2017-2021)

Member of the European Health Economics Association (EuHEA) Executive Committee (2014-2020)

Member of the Department of Health Policy Research Programme Commissioning Panel (2014-2018)

Member of the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research Programme Board (2012-2017)

Member of NIHR Research Methods Fellowships Panel (2012-2018)

Joint National Organiser of the UK Health Economists' Study Group (2010-2018)

Member of the MRC College of Experts (2005-2010)

Member of Advisory Group for the Review of General Medical Services Contract, Audit Scotland (2007-2008)

Member of NHSScotland Resource Allocation Committee (2005-2007)

Member of UK General Medical Services Formula Review Group (2004-2006)

External positions

Honorary Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne

1 Jan 2022 → …

Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

1 Feb 201831 Dec 2021

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