Dr Barbara McPake

Barbara McPake (BA Economics; PhD Health Economics) specialises in health policy and health systems research.  She has 28 years experience in these areas based in three UK university departments: University of Wales (1986-90); London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1991-2005) where she was Head of the Health Policy Unit (2001-3) and the Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University (2005 to present) She is shortly (in July 2014) to take over the Directorship of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. She has experience of teaching and research in health economics, health systems and human resources for health.  

While at LSHTM, she was a senior member of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded Health Economics and Financing Programme (1991-2005) and was the Programme Director of the Health Systems Development Knowledge Programme (2001-6), focused on extending the reach of health systems to the poorest..  She is one of two Research Directors of ‘REBUILD’ a DFID funded Research Programme Consortium (2011-2017) that focuses on the lessons to be learned from the re-establishment of health systems in post-conflict settings. 

She has published widely in the major journals of health systems, human resources and international health and development, and is the author of one of the leading text books of health economics for international post-graduate students of which a third edition has been commissioned. She has served on several expert committees of WHO the World Bank and UNICEF.