Dr Lin Fu

Dr Lin Fu

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Health Economics Unit
Occupational Health and Environmental Sciences Building
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Lin’s research interests are in the economics of obesity; migration, vulnerability, and wellbeing; and the determinants of health-compromising behaviours.

Lin joined the Centre for Economics of Obesity led by Professor Emma Frew in December 2021. Her research focuses on transforming urban food systems funded by the UK Research and Innovation Mandala consortium programme


  • PhD (University of Birmingham)
  • MSc (University of York)


Lin is a Research Fellow on the Mandala Programme at the Institute of Applied Health Research. She uses health economics methods to systematically generate evidence on urban food system transformation. The application of these methods includes economic evaluation of interventions, econometric, and economic modelling methods. She also contributes to the system mapping, economic data acquisition, and economic evidence synthesis within the programme.

Lin previously worked as a Research Fellow for the Nuffield Foundation funded project ‘Vulnerability, migration, and wellbeing: investigating experiences, perceptions, and barriers’. She conducts quantitative research on the wellbeing status of migrants before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, presenting her findings at national and international conferences.

Lin was awarded her PhD in Economics in 2020 by the University of Birmingham, where she worked on the determinants of health-compromising behaviours in China, including smoking, heavy drinking, physical inactivity, and obesity.


Fu, L., Lindenmeyer, A., Phillimore, J. and Lessard-Phillips, L., 2022. Vulnerable migrants’ access to healthcare in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. Public health, 203, pp.36-42.

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