United Kingdom

University of Birmingham


Professor Justine Davies' aim is to do research that informs development of health systems that deliver quality care in lower- or middle-income countries. All of her research aims to answer a policy relevant question and she often works with policy makers, including the WHO. Specialty areas of interest are conditions that require surgery to treat, injuries, and cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors. All of these specialty areas require a joined-up health system that provides good quality care. Professor Davies is the lead of the Institute for Global Innovation’s Ageing Frailty, and Resilience theme, co-lead of the Global Health Research Impact Hub and Network at the University of Birmingham. She also is the co-PI of the NIHR funded Global Health Group – Equi-Injury  

Twitter @drjackoids 

Richard J Lilford CBE, FMedSci, DSc (hon), PhD, FRCOG, FRCP, FFPH, FRCGP (hon) is Professor of Public Health at the University of Birmingham. He has pursued a successful career in medicine for over 40 years, specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology and more recently, health service research. He has research methodological expertise in the evaluation of complex interventions, rapid research, and prospective health economic evaluations of service delivery interventions. He has designed a framework for the evaluation of complex interventions that draws a crucial distinction between targeted and generic service interventions and is also interested in Bayesian statistics, medical ethics, clinical trials, step-wedge cluster trials, and multiple-indication reviews. He has also recently diversified into global health, including health and sanitation in low- and middle-income countries, treatment and prevention of leprosy and Buruli ulcers, and improving health in slums.

Twitter @rjlilford

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, Professor of Trauma Neurosurgery & Co-Invest

Mr Belli graduated from Tor Vergata University in Rome with a degree in Medicine and Surgery. He completed a doctoral degree (MD) on neurobiochemistry of brain ischaemia and reperfusion at Tor Vergata University and then moved to the UK in 1994.

He trained as a neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital. Between 2001 and 2003 he carried out a research fellowship in neuromonitoring at the Institute of Neurology in London.

He is on the editorial board of several neurology journals and is an advisor to NICE and the Care Quality Commission.

Antonio Belli is Director of the NIHR SRMRC. Find out more about the work of the research centre on the SRMRC website

Twitter @belli_brain

Co-Invest Institute of Applied Health Research, Assistant Professor in Health Research Methods

Agnieszka is an Assistant Professor in Health Research Methods working in the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham. She is an experienced applied health researcher. Her scholarship is grounded in theories and methods found in the fields of sociology and implementation science with application to organization and delivery of care (particularly acute care) and healthcare work and professions across a wide range of settings. To date, Agnieszka’s research has been focusing on new models of care, technology in healthcare, clinical decision-making, and patient and clinician experiences. Her research led to significant advances in the understanding of how different initiatives deliver (or fail to deliver) expected benefits and support translation of the evidence for service changes, practice, and policy. She has experience in conducting systematic reviews, clinical research studies, and service model and policy evaluations using qualitative research designs.    

Twitter @AgnieszkaIgnat5

Co-Invest Institute of Applied Health Research, Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics

Alice is a Senior Lecturer working in the Institute of Applied Health Research and a member of the Biostatistics, Evidence Synthesis and Test Evaluation (BESaTE) research group.

Since joining the University in 2009, Alice has become involved in many exciting projects allowing her to collaborate with others in the BESaTE team and many other researchers at the University of Birmingham and beyond.

Alice’s main research interests are in the area of designing and evaluating monitoring tests and studies of biological variability. Alice is the deputy lead for the cross-cutting diagnostics and biomarkers theme of the Birmingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. 

Twitter @AliceSitch

University of Aberdeen


Lucia is a social scientist and health policy and systems researcher at the University of Aberdeen, interested in service organisation  and delivery, the social determinants of health, and participatory theory and method. She works with relativist theories and methods to understand and draw transferable learning on: health and wellbeing as shaped by social structures and systems; health systems as complex, adaptive, human and relational; policy norms and recognition; and social and political participation. She works with two main methods: routine mortality surveillance accounting for social dimensions of unregistered deaths, and participatory methods to shift power towards those most directly affected to know, understand, act and transform.   

Twitter @DambruosoLucia

University of York

  • Professor Laura Bojke, Centre for Health Economics

Laura is a Professor at the University of York, who has worked on a wide range of applied and methodological projects across economic evaluation in her 20+ years as a health economist. She has extensive experience with both trial-based, and model based economic evaluation and has led several projects looking at developing methods for economic evaluation and decision modelling. She has worked on HTA and public health type projects.

Laura has contributed to technology appraisals for NICE in her role as a member of one of the independent academic groups undertaking assessments and evidence reviews. She is also a member of a Technology Appraisal Committee and the NIHR HS&DR Committee looking at proposals for service evaluation and improvement.

Laura currently co-leads the Applied Research and Collaborations (ARC) Yorkshire and Humber Health Economics, Evaluation and Equity them. The program of work includes the use of economic evaluation across sectors, economic evaluation for local decision makers and the use of routine data for economic evaluation.

Twitter @bojke_laura