Nancy is Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre of Health Policy, University of Melbourne. Her principal areas of research expertise are the measurement and valuation of patient reported health outcomes (PROs); the cost effectiveness thresholds used in making judgments about value for money in health care; priority setting in health care; production, performance and efficiency of hospitals; and the use of multi-criteria decision analysis in health care decision making.
Nancy has published over 100 original peer reviewed journal articles and reports on a wide range of empirical and theoretical topics in health economics, and is co-author of Economic Analysis in Health Care, a leading textbook on health economics widely used in the UK and elsewhere and now in its second edition.
Her research, submitted as a case study to the UK’s 2014 UK REF exercise, was judged by the sub-panel as ‘demonstrating very considerable impact in terms of reach and significance'. Her work was highlighted in the UK’s NIHR 10-year anniversary report, which noted ‘The impact of her research is worldwide and highly significant in improving health and health care decision making’.
Nancy was recently elected as President of ISPOR, the US-based international professional society for health economists and outcomes research, which has 20,000 members worldwide. Nancy is past President of the EuroQol Group, the European-based international network of researchers that developed the EQ-5D, the world’s leading measure of patient reported outcomes.
Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2019, Nancy was the Director of Research at the Office of Health Economics in London for ten years. Prior to that she was Professor of Economics at City University of London, where she held positions as Head of the Economics Department and Acting Dean of Social Sciences. She has over 30 years of experience as a researcher and as an advisor to health care organisations, both in the public and private sectors, in the UK and internationally.
Highly regarded as a presenter and educator in microeconomics and health economics, Nancy is a recipient of the UK Higher Education Academy prize for outstanding economics lecturer and was the founder of Health Economics Education (HEe) website, now run by the international Health Economics Association (iHEA)
Nancy has a PhD in Economics from the University of Otago, New Zealand.