Sherry Merkur


Sherry Merkur is a Research Fellow and Health Policy Analyst at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. She is also Editor of Eurohealth the quarterly journal that provides a forum for researchers, policy-makers and experts to express their views on health policy issues and contribute to a constructive debate on health policy in Europe.

Sherry obtained an MSc (with distinction) in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a dissertation investigating the European Over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical market. Prior to this, she earned a BSc in Physiology and Management from McGill University (Canada). Her previous work experiences involved conducting medical research and working in the financial services industry.


Sherry's current research focuses on comparative health systems and policies, the changing role of hospitals, and patient-centred care. Sherry’s previous research and project leadership has covered a range of important health policy areas including: quality of care, physician revalidation, pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement, and EU regulation and law.

She has undertaken project work for ministries of health, social security institutions, policy research networks, and the European Commission. Sherry worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe to present the economic case for promoting health and preventing chronic non-communicable diseases. Recent European Commission-funded work on the Prometheus project looked at health professional mobility in the European Union.

Sherry is also a dedicated author and editor of HiT: Health system reviews and the Health Systems and Policy Monitor (HSPM) for countries in the European Region. Recent country reporting has covered Belgium, Israel, Malta, and Sweden.


Sherry was the technical lead of the Observatory Venice Summer School on Re-thinking pharmaceutical policy - Optimising decisions in an era of uncertainty (2014). She has co-organised and taught the MSc course on Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy.


Selected publications

Merkur S, McDaid D and Sassi F (2015) The economics of health promotion and disease prevention: the way forward. In McDaid D, Sassi F and Merkur S (eds.) Promoting Health, Preventing Disease: The economic case. Open University Press, Maidenhead, UK, 313-324. ISBN 9780335262267

Rosen B, Waitzberg R and Merkur S (2015) Israel: health system review  Health Systems in Transition, 17 (6). World Health Organization, on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Copenhagen, Denmark.

McDaid D and Merkur S (2014) To nudge, or not to nudge, that is the question.  Eurohealth 20 (2). pp. 3-5. ISSN 1356-1030

McDaid D, Oliver A and Merkur S (2014) What do we know about the strengths and weakness of different policy mechanisms to influence health behaviour in the population?  Policy summary, 15. WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Merkur S (2014) Policy responses facilitating mobility or mitigating its negative effects: national, EU and international instruments.  In: Buchanan, J, Wismar, M, Glinos, IA and Bremner, J (eds.) Health professional mobility in a changing Europe: new dynamics, mobile individuals and diverse responses. Observatory Studies Series (32). World Health Organisation, Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 301-324. ISBN 9789289050258

Anell A, Glenngard AH and Merkur S (2012) Sweden: health system review.  Health Systems in Transition, 14 (5). pp. 1-159. ISSN 1817-6119

Recent publications

For a full list of Sherry's publications, please see her LSE Research Online page