Our team



Barry McCormick CBE PhD is Director of the Centre for Health Service Economics and Organisation at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He was Chief Economist and Director of Analysis in the Department of Health 2002-2010. His present interests include: conventional issues in healthcare policy such as health care reform, how to drive healthcare quality and meeting the current funding challenge, but also analysis of how to develop healthcare for deprived communities and providing healthcare for homeless persons. Current work includes analysis of emergency care expenditure, hospital resource allocation decisions, and healthcare regulation.

He was Professor of Economics at the University of Southampton from 1991 to 2002, and an academic consultant to the Treasury from 2000 to 2002. He served on the Editorial Board of Economic Journal Conference Volume from 1992 to 1995, was the founding editor of the Economic Review, 1983-92, and between 2004-9 was a Council / Executive Committee member of the Royal Economic Society. He has published extensively in journals including Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Development Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Obesity Reviews, and the European Economic Review. He co-authored Immigration Policy and the Welfare System (OUP 2002). He received his degrees from Manchester University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Harkness Commonwealth Fellow.

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Deputy Director


Raphael Wittenberg MA MSc graduated in 1977 with a BA degree in Politics and Philosophy from Lincoln College Oxford and in 1987 with an MSc degree in Economics from the LSE. He is Deputy Director of CHSEO and an Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at LSE. He is a Senior Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

At CHSEO, he leads research on trends in hospital admissions and on economic issues in assets based approaches to health. At PSSRU, he leads research on financing long-term care and on community care for older people and modelling work for the MODEM study on care for people with dementia. He was for many years a Senior Economist at the Department of Health, where he led a team of DH analysts providing analysis on social services and mental health services.

He has published in a range of academic journals including Ageing and Society, Fiscal Studies, Health Economics Policy and Law, Health Statistics Quarterly, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Social Policy & Administration and Social Policy and Society.

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Senior research fellow


Robert Anderson MA studied economics and philosophy at St Andrews and holds a master's degree in economics from McMaster. As a research fellow at York he carried out cost benefit analysis in the areas of recreation and the criminal justice system. He co-authored, with Alan Williams, a textbook Efficiency in the Social Services, and published articles in Applied Economics and Public Finance. He has spent most of his career as an economic adviser in the Government Economic Service. In the Department of Health he worked mainly in public health, e.g. tobacco control policy and health inequalities. The focus was as much on interpretation of research findings and epidemiological modelling as on applying economic analysis. At CHSEO his interests will be mainly in the optimal management of planned care.

Research fellows


Elisabetta De Cao PhD obtained her PhD in Econometrics and Empirical Economics in 2011 from Tor Vergata University in Rome. Her PhD thesis was an essay on the econometric analysis of different health outcomes. She then worked for three years as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance of the University of Groningen where she was involved in different policy impact evaluations in Ethiopia. Elisabetta is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) of the University of Oxford, and a Dondena (Center for Research and Social Dynamics) Research Affiliate at Bocconi University. Since September 2014, she is a Research Fellow at CHSEO. Her main research interests include the determinants of health outcomes, human capital formation, policy impact evaluations, development economics, and micro-econometrics. She has published in a range of academic journals such as Biostatistics, PLoS ONE, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, and Vaccine.


Catia Nicodemo PhD received her PhD in Economics from Tor Vergata University and Pompeu Fabra University in 2009. She then held the position of Associate Professor within the Department of Economics at the Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona for the next four years, where her research interests have included labour economics, health and applied microeconometrics. She is a Research Fellow within the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford working on a comparative study of emergency and elective care and the role of gatekeeping on elective care. She has published in a range of academic journals including Regional Studies and Urban Economics, The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, International Journal of Manpower and Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology.


Gosia Poplawska PhD joined CHSEO in 2014, after her PhD studies at Tinbergen Institute and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Her PhD thesis was about insurance and health economics. Gosia's research interests lie in applied microeconomics and microeconometrics, with applications to health, insurance and development. You can find more information on her research on her personal website below.

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Project lead


Stuart Redding PhD studied economics at the University of Southampton, where in 2006 he completed a PhD on the determinants of unemployment in England and Wales. Since then he has studied labour market and healthcare issues whilst contributing to Department of Health projects on social care and inequalities. Having joined CHSEO in December 2010, he has worked on projects investigating regulation, A&E and planned care. His role in the team also includes contributions to the management of projects.



Peter-Sam Hill BSc MSc completed a BSc in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Southampton in 2007 followed by an MSc in Development Economics and Policy at the University of Manchester the next year. In 2009, he joined the Civil Service Fast Stream at the Department of Health. He was seconded to the Centre in December 2010, where he has studied how people living in deprived areas use the health service differently. He has also researched predictors of admission method for some acute conditions.


Adam Millican-Slater PhD has degrees in mathematics and theoretical physics. He has held analytical and policy roles in the Department of Health, working on a variety of areas including patient experience, healthcare education, international comparisons and the NHS Outcomes Framework.


Nazma Nessa BSc MSc has degrees in Mathematics, Social Development Practice, and Medical Statistics from the Universities of London and Southampton. She has more than 10 years' experience as a statistician working on a range of large epidemiological and administrative datasets and publications. In 2009, she joined the Department of Health providing statistical analysis and advice on policies relating to maternal, newborn and child health.


Luke Sharpin BA graduated in 2011 with a degree in Economics from Selwyn College, Cambridge. He joined the Civil Service Fast Stream at the Department of Health in 2012, where he has worked on clinical strategies and the NHS Outcomes Framework. He is currently studying trends in emergency hospital admissions for the elderly.


Jonathan White MA MSc graduated in 2005 with a BA degree in Economics from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and in 2013 with an MSc degree in Health Economics from the University of York. He joined the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2006 and is currently an economic adviser at the Department of Health. He joined the Centre on secondment from DH (2011 to 2012) and is an author of several of the Centre's papers, including those on Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios, healthcare for the homeless and the funding of healthcare education and training. He designed and maintains this website.