Laura Gray BSc, MSc, PhD

Laura Gibson

MRC Research Fellow, Health Econometrics

Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS) / Public Health
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA

Office: 2004

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0885
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749

ORCiD: 0000-0001-6365-7710
Twitter: @DrLauraAGray


I currently hold an MRC Skills Development Fellowship entitled "BMI trajectories in middle to old age: methodological developments, missing data and cost-effectiveness".  During the fellowship I will be working across departments in the University, HEDS, Public Health and the Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI) as well as spending time at Division of Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care at the University of Manchester.

I became a member of staff in HEDS in 2014 as a Research Associate in Health Econometrics. Prior to this post I was funded by an ESRC CASE studentship in partnership with NICE as a PhD candidate, also in HEDS, supervised by Dr Mónica Hernández.  My thesis was titled “A Public Health Approach to Childhood Obesity: The Role of Econometrics”.  The thesis uses a variety of advanced econometric techniques over three empirical studies. These studies investigate the effects of breastfeeding on childhood obesity, the impact of family lifestyle on childhood obesity and the relationships between childhood obesity, family lifestyle and health.

Before joining HEDS, I completed an MSc in Financial Economics (2009-2010) in the Department of Economics and a BSc in Economics and Statistics (2006-2009) in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, both at the University of Sheffield.

Research Interests

I am interested in microeconometric methods development and applied microeconomics, particularly in relation to obesity and health behaviours.

Teaching Interests

I am interested in supervising students using observational data in a range of topic areas using microeconometrics methods.

I am the student experience officer for postgraduate research students in ScHARR as well as the PhD lead in HEDS.

Administrative Roles

  • Member of ScHARR PGR Committee 2012-2013 & 2017 - present
  • Member of HEDS Research Functional Working Group 2016 - present
  • ScHARR Student Experience Officer 2017 - present
  • HEDS PGR Lead 2016 - present
  • Member of MDH Faculty Student Committee 2012 - 2013
  • ScHARR PGR Student Representative 2012 - 2013

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)
  • European Economics Association (EEA)
  • European Society for Population Economics (ESPE)
  • Health Economists' Study Group (HESG)
  • International Health Economics Association (IHEA)
  • International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)
  • Royal Economics Society (RES)
  • Royal Statistics Society (RSS)
  • Women in Economics (WinE)

Key Publications

Journal articles


  • Pryce RE, Buykx P, Gray L, Stone T, Drummond C & Brennan A (2017) Estimates of alcohol dependence in England based on APMS 2014, including estimates of children living in a household with an adult with alcohol dependence. Prevalence, trends, and amenability to treatment RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gibson L (2015) Progression of disease in people with rheumatoid arthritis treated with non biologic therapies RIS download Bibtex download