Richard Smith is Professor of Health System Economics, and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies in economics at the University of York in 1991, Richard worked in Sydney, Cambridge, Bristol, Melbourne and Norwich, before joining the London School in May 2007.
Richard has worked in a wide range of areas, applying micro-, macro-, behavioural-, and political-economics techniques. Over the last decade he has focussed mostly upon two areas: (i) aspects related to macro-economics, especially developing macro-economic model methods concerning the impact of communicable (eg AMR, SARS, pandemic influenza and Ebola) and non-communicable (especially diet-related) diseases and related polices; and (ii) trade and trade agreements, both concerning the health sector (eg patient, professional and capital flows across countries) and wider areas related to health, such as food and agriculture products – much of this has been through involvement in the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health.
Richard has received research funding in excess of £35m, for bodies including MRC, ESRC, BBSRC, NERC, Wellcome Trust and Leverhulme Trust, and has more than 200 publications. He has editorial responsibilities for journals including Health Economics, Journal of Public Health and Globalization and Health, has been Chair of an ESRC Grant Advisory Panel for many years, and most recently has been on the cross-council AMR initiative steering group, Longitude Prize Committee and has been an expert advisor for numerous organisations, including WHO, WTO, World Bank, OECD and various countries.