Professor Hareth Al-Janabi PhD

Professor Hareth Al-Janabi

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor of Health Economics
Head of Health Economics Unit

Contact details

Health Economics Unit, IOEM Building
Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Hareth is a Professor of Health Economics, with a track record of innovation in health economics, and current interest in studying real-world resource allocation decisions. He has experience across a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods.  Hareth is head of the Health Economics Unit, Associate Editor for Social Science and Medicine, and sits on the shortlisting panel for Wellcome Trust Early Career Awards and research committee for the Office for Health Economics. He teaches on the unit’s MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy and BSc undergraduate module in Health Economics.

Hareth’s research covers a number of fields, including informal care, social care, public health, mental health, end-of-life, education, and workplaces. He has extensive experience developing and testing qualitative of life measures, in preference elicitation, and in developing the ‘methodological toolkit’ for including family carers in economic evaluation. His research has been recognised through personal investigator awards and fellowships from the Wellcome Trust (2021-2025), the National Institute of Health Research (2015-2019), and the Medical Research Council (2011-2014).


  • FHEA, University of Birmingham, 2020
  • 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 graduated in economics from the University of Nottingham in 2001, and initially worked in
the Government Economics Service, first as an assistant economist at the Department of Health, and then as a policy adviser at the Treasury. He entered academia in 2005 to do a PhD at the University of Bristol, before moving to the University of Birmingham as a research fellow in 2008. He was appointed to the first cohort of Birmingham Fellows in 2012, promoted to senior lecturer in 2015 and Professor of Health Economics in 2020.


Postgraduate supervision

Hareth has supervised six doctoral students to completion. They have gone on to posts in academia, health technology agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry in the UK and overseas. Hareth is currently interested in supervising research students in the following areas:

  • Real-world resource allocation (priority setting)
  • Power in the health economy
  • Evidence-policy links in the health economy
  • Economics of mental health
  • Economics of informal care/social care

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Hareth directly, or 
for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email


Hareth holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award (2021-2025) to study how and why schools and workplaces invest in mental health and wellbeing (the WISE project) Wellbeing Investments in Schools and Employers (WISE) study - University of Birmingham 

He is currently interested in studying how resources are allocated in real-world organisations and health economies. This covers the role of power, process, evidence, and values, in decision-making.

Hareth has also developed a major stream of work pioneering economic evaluation techniques to better capture the full range of costs and benefits of healthcare interventions. To date he has focused on informal carers, family members, and the development of measures of capability (notably the ICECAP-A). Hareth uses a wide variety of research methods, including qualitative approaches (such as interviews, process tracing, q-methodology, and cognitive interviews) and quantitative approaches (such as preference elicitation and econometrics).

Hareth is also co-investigator in applied projects looking at decision-making in old age and the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of school-based interventions and pharmacological interventions in mental health.

Hareth’s work has been funded through personal fellowships from the MRC, the NIHR, and the Wellcome Trust, as well as collaborative grants, from the UKRI, MRC, NIHR, Meningitis Research Foundation, STIRF, and British Academy.


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