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

Hareth is a Professor of health economics. He holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award (2020-2024) to research investments in mental health promotion in schools and workplaces. 

Hareth’s research interests include the measurement of wellbeing and preferences, the role of family (informal) care in the economic evaluation and decision-making, the economics of mental health, and research methods (especially qualitative methods) in health economics.


  • 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 three doctoral students to completion. Two are working in academia as health economists and one is working in an outcomes role in industry. Hareth is interested in supervising research students in the following areas:

  • Economic issues related to unpaid/informal care.
  • Economics of mental health
  • Innovative applications of research methods to health economics

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

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

NIHR fellowship website:


Key publications

Al-Janabi H. (2018). Do capability and functioning differ? A study of UK survey responses. Health Economics. 27(3), 465-479.

Bhadhuri A, Jowett S, Jolly K, Al-Janabi H. (2017). Measuring health spillovers for economic evaluation: a comparison of the EQ-5D-5L and SF-6D. Medical Decision Making. 37:882–893

Al-Janabi H, Van Exel J, Brouwer W, Trotter C, Glennie L, Hannigan L, Coast J. (2016).  Measuring health spillovers for economic evaluation: a case study in meningitis. Health Economics. 25 (12): 1529-1544

Al-Janabi H, Nicholls J, Oyebode J. (2016). The need to ‘carer-proof’ healthcare decisions. BMJ ;352:i1651

Al-Janabi H, Van Exel J, Brouwer W, Coast J. (2016). A framework for incorporating family health spillovers in economic evaluation. Medical Decision Making. 36(2):176-86

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.

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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