Dr Hareth Al-Janabi PhD

Birmingham Fellow

School of Health and Population Sciences


Contact details

Health Economics
School of Health and Population Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT


Hareth is an economist with experience in health policy analysis and academic research. Since 2005, he has been involved in research to develop techniques to measure the benefits of healthcare interventions for economic evaluation. He teaches health economics to undergraduate and postgraduate students.


  • PhD in Health Economics, University of Bristol, 2009
  • MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy, University of Birmingham, 2008
  • BSc in Economics, University of Nottingham, 2001


Hareth Al-Janabi graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Nottingham in 2001. Upon graduating, he joined the Government Economics Service, working first as an Assistant Economist at the Department of Health and then as a Policy Adviser in the Treasury’s health spending team.

In 2005, Hareth took up an MRC Health Services Research Collaboration doctoral studentship at the University of Bristol. Hareth was awarded his PhD in 2009 for his thesis: “Measurement and valuation of the caring experience for economic evaluation”.

In 2008, Hareth joined the University of Birmingham as a research fellow, working on an MRC-funded project to develop a capability-based outcome measure for economic evaluation. In 2011 he was awarded an MRC early career health economics fellowship to measure and model the ‘spillover’ impacts of healthcare on carers and family members.

He has recently also been awarded a Birmingham Fellowship, which will fund him to undertake further research on informal care beyond 2014.


Postgraduate supervision

Hareth is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Measurement and valuation of healthcare benefits/outcomes.
  • Economic issues related to unpaid care.
  • Methodological and applied work using the capability approach.

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Hareth on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005 or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings  



Health economics, Outcomes


Informal care

Through his fellowship funding (2011-2016), Hareth will investigate the provision of informal (or unpaid) care in specific groups (meningitis, Parkinson’s disease) and in the general population. His current work focuses on investigating: (i) determinants of carers’ wellbeing; (ii) the external impact of health conditions on family members; (iii) approaches to modelling carers’ outcomes for economic evaluation; (iv) the decision to provide unpaid care.

Measuring capabilities

Hareth’s post-doctoral work (2008-2011) focused on the development of a measure of capability wellbeing (ICECAP-A) for use in economic evaluation. He conducted the interviews to develop the measure and qualitative and quantitative psychometric work to begin the validation process. Analysis of the validation data and writing-up of the findings is ongoing. He is currently co-supervising a doctoral student investigating the use of ICECAP measures in clinical trials.



Al-Janabi, H., Keeley, T., Mitchell, P., Coast, J., (2013) Can capabilities be self-reported? A think aloud study, Social Science & Medicine, 87: 116-122.

Al-Janabi H, Peters T, Brazier J, Bryan S, Flynn T, Clemens S, Moody A, Coast J. (2013) An investigation of the construct validity of the ICECAP-A capability measure. Quality of Life Research, 22(7):1831-1840.

Goodrich K, Kaambwa B, Al-Janabi H. (2012) The inclusion of informal care in applied economic evaluation: a review. Value in Health, 15(6): 975-981

Coast J, Al-Janabi H, Sutton E, Horrocks, S, Vosper J, Swancutt D, Flynn T. (2012) Using qualitative methods for attribute development for discrete choice experiments: issues and recommendations. Health Economics, 21(6), 730-741.

Al-Janabi H, Flynn T, Coast J. (2012) Development of a self-report measure of capability wellbeing for adults: the ICECAP-A. Quality of Life Research, 21(1), 167-176.

Al-Janabi H, Flynn T, Coast J. (2011). QALYs and carers. Pharmacoeconomics 29(12), 1015-1023.

Al-Janabi H, Flynn T, Coast J. (2011). Estimation of a preference-based Carer Experience Scale. Medical Decision Making, 31(3), pp. 458 - 468.

Al-Janabi H, Coast J, Flynn TN. (2008). What do people value when they provide unpaid care? A meta-ethnography with interview follow-up. Social Science & Medicine. 67:111-121.

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