James was actually a music retail manager initially, winning a place on the HMV graduate scheme back in 2003. As a consequence he has strong interpersonal and leadership skills, with a particular interest in management psychology and colleague development.
James left HMV in 2010, and travelled around Europe for a while before going back to university in 2011. Having initially studied psychology, James switched to The Open University, graduating with a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 2015. This lead to applying to University of Birmingham for the MSc in Health Economics and Policy, where he graduated with a distinction in 2016.
After the MSc, and a long holiday, James began his PhD in Health Economics at the University of Keele. During the three years, James developed strong modelling and quantitative skills, as well as experience with teaching and dissemination which he particularly enjoys.
He is currently working with HEU’s very own Sue Jowett on two exciting projects. The first is a two year NERC funded project, led by Professor William Bloss from School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Birmingham. The health economic component of the project aims to explore the impact of different air quality policy scenarios on population health outcomes, quality of life and health and social care costs, with the final model made available for policy makers. The second, updating a previously published NIHR HTA funded economic model, assessing the cost-effectiveness of home-based non-invasive ventilation (NIV) for patients with end-stage COPD.