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Ms Mara Airoldi


Fellow, Research Officer and part-time PhD student in Management Science


In 2000 I graduated from Bocconi University (Milan) in Economics of Public Choice. After a few work experiences in Italy I returned to university and gained an MSc in Decision Science from the LSE (2003). On graduation I moved to Leeds, where I was appointed Lecturer in Decision Science at the Leeds University Business School, but the Management Science Group (Department of Management) at LSE won me back after just one year to work on a behavioural economics project about discounting of future outcomes.

Since September 2005 I have been working at LSE on the Quest for Quality and Improved Performance project (QQuIP, that is [cue-kwip]), a major ten-year research initiative supported by The Health Foundation. QQuIP independently collects, analyses and reports on a wide range of data about current performance and capacity for improvement in the NHS in England, both in quality and cost-effectiveness. 

For QQuIP I contributed to the development of a framework to estimate the impact of different health policies on the health of the English population using Quality-Adjusted Life Years or Disability-Adjusted Life Years. A methodological paper (co-authored with Alec Morton) resulting from this work has been awarded the 2010 ISPOR Award for Excellence in Methodology in Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research.

Currently I am collaborating with some Primary Care Trusts in England. Through this collaboration I am learning how NHS managers deal with resource allocation decisions in healthcare and I am researching how the QQuIP framework of measuring the impact of different policies on the health of a population can inform the Commissioning process (i.e. the strategic purchasing of health services for the local population).

In September 2006 I also started a PhD part-time with professor Gwyn Bevan and Dr Alec Morton. In my PhD I investigate the link between health economics and decision analytic tools and processes to allocate resources in healthcare.

Research interests

  • Decision analysis and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Performance measures
  • Decision conferencing and requisite modelling
  • Socio-technical aspects in the decision making process

PhD supervisors


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