Mara Airoldi

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I am an Economist and a Decision scientist.

In 2000 I graduated from Bocconi University (Milan) in Economics of Public Choice.  After a few work experiences in Italy I returned to university and gained an MSc in Decision Science from the LSE (2003). On graduation I moved to Leeds, where I taught Decision Science at the Leeds University Business School, but the Operational research group (Department of Management) of the LSE won me back after just one year to work on a behavioural economics project about discounting of future outcomes.

Since September 2005 I have been working at the LSE on the Quest for Quality and Improved Performance project (QQuIP, that is [cue-kwip]), now System Modelling for Performance Optimisation and Service Equity (SyMPOSE). This is a major eight-year research initiative supported by The Health Foundation.  For more on SyMPOSE, click here.

For SyMPOSE I contributed to the development of a framework to estimate the impact of different health policies on the health of the English population using Quality-Adjusted Life Years or Disability-Adjusted Life Years. A methodological paper (co-authored with Alec Morton) resulting from this work has been awarded the 2010 ISPOR Award for Excellence in Methodology in Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research. In this project I have collaborated mainly with the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Tuscany (Italy). Through this collaboration I have learned about how NHS managers deal with resource allocation decisions and I have researched how the SyMPOSE framework of measuring the impact of different policies on the health of a population can inform the Commissioning process (i.e. the strategic purchasing of health services for the local population). This collaboration has led to the development of a Socio-Technical Allocation of Resources (STAR). For more on STAR, click here.

I am now working on a project with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tubercolosis and Malaria to design and evaluate a structured, participative decision making approach to set priorities for population health.

In did my PhD with professor Gwyn Bevan and professor Alec Morton.  In my PhD I investigated how health economics and decision analytic tools can be used within the NHS to improve priority setting and resource allocation.

See also my CV by clicking here (January 2014 version).


Last updated: January 2014