Research networks

European Health Policy Group (EHPG) Discussion Group


European systems of health care have common objectives of universal coverage and equity of access, and thus European countries ought to be able to learn from each other. The objective of the European Health Policy Group (EHPG) is to enable such learning through meetings in the spring and autumn of each year for comparative and multi-disciplinary analysis of structure of, and changes to, European systems of health care.

We agreed at the EHPG meeting in Lisbon in April 2006 that we would organise a series of meetings to be part of a programme that will explore a unifying theme of Access, Choice and Equity. This includes consideration of political and economic constraints on policy formulation and implementation and evidence of the increasing significance of legal judgements. Although the objective of universal coverage is to offer equity of access, the Lisbon meeting included papers giving evidence of inequities in access by socio-economic groups. And there is perceived political pressure to organise delivery to ensure the middle class are satisfied with publicly-financed health care as for example in England, with the reductions in long waiting times and the introduction of 'patient choice'.

How to Join

To become a member of EHPG please visit| and follow the links to EHPG. You can then sign yourself up from there.

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European Health Policy Research Network (EHPRN)

LSE Health co-ordinates the European Health Policy Research Network (EHPRN) founded by the late Professor Brian Abel-Smith. The Network comprises a distinguished list of academics from centres of excellence throughout Europe, and is chaired by Professor Walter Holland|.

The Network includes:

University Carlos III, Spain; IRDES, France; ESRI, Iceland; The Nordic School of Public Health, Sweden;CeRGAS, Università Luigi Bocconi, Italy Mario Negri Centre, Italy Medizinische Hochschule, Germany The National School of Public Health, Portugal University of Pompeu Fabra, Spain Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, Croatia. The European-Amercian Centre for Policy Analysis, The Netherlands. The EHPRN builds on the work of established centres of excellence and aims to develop a continuous liaison between researchers and policy makers in the heart of Europe. To this end, scholars and researchers from the Network's institutions meet periodically to participate in workshops, conferences, and training and research activities.

WHO Collaborating Centre

In recognition of the work completed to date in the field of health policy research, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization has awarded LSE Health the status of collaborating centre. The Centre continues to work closely with WHO on projects, research, publications and events (such as study visits, workshops and conferences). As a collaborating centre, LSE Health contributes to the analysis of health policy trends and disseminates policy developments.

Health Equity Network (HEN)

The Health Equity Network (HEN) was established by Adam Oliver and Richard Cookson in 1999, and now has approximately 700 members worldwide. HEN was established to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and opinion among all those interested in inequalities and equity in health and health care.

Over the years, there have been a large number of one day HEN seminars, each organised under a particular theme and each attracting some of the leading scholars in the world. Between 2001 and 2003, HEN was sponsored by a prestigious ESRC seminar series grant. Moreover, HEN caters for a truly cross-sectional audience, engaging academics from a large number of disciplines, policy makers and practitioners in regular, often energetic, discussion. The proceedings from many of the seminars have been published by the Nuffield Trust.

For more information about HEN, or to join the HEN list-serve, please contact David McDaid (|).

London Health Economics Group (LHEG)

LSE Health is reconvening the London Health Economics Group (LHEG). The purpose of LHEG is to serve as a forum for health economists from London (and, at times, beyond) to present their work in a constuctive and friendly environment. Health economists from all sectors - e.g. academia, government, the industry, and the health sector - are welcome to attend.

Each meeting will comprise of two presentations, and an hour will be devoted to each paper. Authors are expected to present their work within 20-30 minutes, and there will then be 30 minutes discussion and questions from the floor. The the intended objective is to offer authors detailed feedback on their work. A further aim of LHEG is to offer health economists an opportunity to engage with each other socially, in the help of fostering further links.

The UK-Japan-US (UJU) health policy network

The UK-Japan-US (UJU) health policy network was established in LSE Health in 2006, and aims to foster understanding of health care policy developments and reforms in the three countries that make up its name. The UJU network has about 80 members, many of whom are among the leading names in the health policy world.

The primary activity of the UJU network is the regular circulation among its members of short work-in-progress health policy papers, each written by a member of the network. The content of each paper reflects an important health policy issue in either the UK, Japan or the US, that is also likely to be of interest to an international audience. Members of the network are then given the opportunity to provide constructive feedback to the authors of the papers.

The Preference Elicitation Group (PEG)

The Preference Elicitation Group (PEG) was established at LSE Health in 2002. The primary objective of PEG is to foster interdisciplinary understanding in the area of health-related preference elicitation across, for example, economists, philosophers, psychologists, behavioural and political scientists.

Since its inception, there have been regular one-day PEG seminars, organised under a particular theme, which have attracted speakers and attendees widely recognised as some of the leading figures in the field, both nationally and internationally. Moreover, between 2005 and 2007, PEG was awarded a prestigious ESRC seminar series grant.

PEG also has its only list-serve, with approximately 150 members, which is used by group members to disseminate relevant information and discussion.