Dr Hareth Al-Janabi PhD

Dr Hareth Al-Janabi

Institute of Applied Health Research
NIHR Career Development Fellow and Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Health Economics Unit
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
IOEM Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Hareth is a health economist with experience in academic research and policy analysis. His current research programme, funded through a NIHR career development fellowship (2015-2019), focuses on developing economic evaluation methodology to include family carer outcomes


  • 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, and promoted to senior lecturer in 2015.


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/informal care.
  • Unintended consequences (spillover effects) in the healthcare sector. 

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  


Hareth’s research mainly focuses on developing 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 in-depth interviews, meta-ethnography, and cognitive interviews) and quantitative approaches (such as preference elicitation and econometrics).

Aside from researching economic evaluation methods, Hareth is also involved in projects on the impact of welfare reform on families and social values in relation to public health interventions. 

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

 Twitter account for ICECAP capability measures: @icecapm


Key publications

Al-Janabi H, Van Exel J, Brouwer W, Coast J. (In press) A framework for incorporating family health spillovers in economic evaluation. Medical Decision Making.

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). 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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