Professor Nancy Devlin

BA (Hons), PhD

School of Health and Related Research

Director of Research
+44 20 7040 8858

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Professor Nancy Devlin
School of Health and Related Research
Office of Health Economics
Southside, 7th Floor
105 Victoria Street

Nancy's principal areas of research expertise are the measurement and valuation of patient reported health outcomes; the cost effectiveness thresholds used in making judgments about value for money in health care; priority setting in health care; production, performance and efficiency of hospitals; and the determinants of patient choice.

Nancy served as the elected Chair of the EuroQol Group, a European-based international network of researchers that developed the EQ-5D, until 2014 and continues to work closely with that organization. She has recently been elected as a Director of ISPOR.

Prior to joining OHE in 2009, Nancy was Professor of Economics at City University, where she was Head of the Economics Department and Acting Dean of Social Sciences. She has 30 years of experience as a researcher and as an advisor to health care organisations, both in the public and private sectors, in the UK and internationally.

Highly regarded as a presenter and educator in health economics, Nancy was awarded the UK Higher Education Academy prize for outstanding economics lecturer (2004) and was the founder of Health Economics Education (HEe) website.

Nancy has published over 100 original peer reviewed journal articles and reports on a wide range of empirical and theoretical topics in health economics, and is co-author of Economic Analysis in Health Care, a leading textbook on health economics widely used in the UK and elsewhere and now in its second edition.

Her health state valuation research, submitted as a case study to the 2014 UK REF exercise, was judged by the sub-panel as ‘demonstrating very considerable impact in terms of reach and significance'. She was co-author of the paper awarded the EuroQol Group prize for best scientific paper, 2013.

Nancy has a PhD in Economics from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Research interests

Patient reported outcomes; valuing quality of life; EQ-5D; cost effectiveness thresholds; priority setting in health care; Health Technology Appraisal systems; multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) in HTA; hospital performance and efficiency; determinants of patient choice.