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Health organisation, policy and economics (HOPE)

Led by: Professor Kath Checkland and Professor Matt Sutton

This interdisciplinary theme focuses upon research that investigates the supply, organisation, management and financing of health and social care services.

Our expertise encompasses rigorous econometric analysis and a wide range of qualitative social scientific methods, including particular experience in the use of ethnographic approaches to understand organisational processes.

We use mixed methods to study the important challenges facing health and care systems, including:

  • care organisation, delivery and integration;
  • payment and incentive systems;
  • determinants of health and health inequalities;
  • working conditions and labour supply.

We aim to inform the development of future health and care policy, and communicate our findings to government, policy-makers, practitioners and academics.

Available projects

The below projects are available within this theme. The links will take you to the full project descriptions on, from where you can also email the lead contact for each project with any questions.

Next steps and contacts

If you are considering applying for a project within this theme, please email the research contact for the relevant project to discuss your potential application and ask any questions you may have.

Professor Kath Checkland

Professor Matt Sutton

If after speaking to the leads you still wish to be considered for the programme, and you meet our eligibility criteria, you must complete a single online application, following the instructions on the how to apply page.