Dr Irene Papanicolas

Dr Irene Papanicolas

Associate Professor of Health Economics

Department of Health Policy

020 7955 6472
Room No
COW 3.04
Office Hours
Tuesday 15.30-16.30
Connect with me

English, Greek
Key Expertise
Health Policy, Health Economics

About me

Irene Papanicolas is Associate Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy. Irene’s research and teaching focuses on the performance assessment of health systems. Her research examines existing approaches used to measure and incentivize the performance of health services within health system, as well as the methodologies used to carry out international comparisons and benchmarking. Irene presented aspects of her work at the 2018 TEDMED conference. 

Irene publishes on these topics in leading medical journals, journals in Health Policy, Health Economics and quantitative methodology. She has also put out selected edited volumes and contributed to numerous book chapters around the measurement of health system performance and the assessment of health systems, published by Cambridge University Press, Open University Press. Many of these are available to download via the European Observatory on Health Systems. She has been principal or co-investigator on research projects exploring the international comparisons of Health Systems, funded by the Commonwealth Fund and the Health Foundation. She is currently co-investigator of the International Collaboration on Costs, Outcomes and Needs in Care (ICCONIC) Collaborative. Founded in 2018, the ICCONIC Collaborative consists of 12 partners from across North America, Europe and the Pacific who work together to understand patters of health service utilization, costs and outcomes for a clinically diverse group of high-need, high-cost patients.  

Irene is a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, where she was also based as a 2015-16 Harkness Fellow. Irene carries out numerous advisory roles and is also Associate Editor of the Journal Health Policy.



Programme Co-Director, Executive MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management
HP402 Measuring Health System Performance
HP434 Methods and Data for Health Science
HP4B3E Measuring Health System Performance (modular)
HP4E6E Measuring the Performance of Health Services and Systems (modular)
HP5000 Advanced Health Policy and Health Economics


Visiting Scientist, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Visiting Fellow, Institute for Global Development

Expertise Details

Health Systems; International Comparisons; Performance Measurement; Value Based Payment; Provider incentives; Quality of Care; Health Systems Efficiency