Dr Tolib Mirzoev

Dr Tolib Mirzoev


I am Head of the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development (see our Research, Teaching and Advisory work) and a senior academic with expertise and interest in health policy analysis, health systems strengthening and capacity development in low and middle-income countries.

With about 20 years experience of health policy and systems research and strengthening, I worked with governments (national Ministry of Health in Tajikistan), donors (World Bank health reform programme) and academia. I joined the Nuffield in 2004, and now lead collaborative research with partners from Asian (e.g. Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Nepal) and African (e.g. Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania) countries. My research has been funded by UKRI (e.g. GCRF, MRC, ESRC, Research England), EC and WHO. I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) with substantial experience teaching, student supervision, guest lecturing and external examining.


  • Head of the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development

Research interests

My current interests and expertise are in: health policy analysis, specifically policy processes and role of evidence | health systems, governance, planning and management | capacity assessments and strengthening | health information systems | and human resources for health.

On-going and completed research grants:

  • AMIPS – Improving equitable access to essential medicines in Ghana through bridging the gaps in implementing medicines pricing policies (Mar–Nov 2020, NIHR, £100k), Joint Principal Investigator
  • SINC-Urban - How Socially Inclusive are Sustainable Urban Developments in Nigeria and Vietnam? (Nov 2019 – July 2020, QR GCRF / Research England, £100k), Principal Investigator  
  • The Big Picture - Adapting PhotoVoice to enhance psychological, social & cultural insights into & prevention & treatment of youth substance in India (Sept 2018 – Feb 2021, GCRF/ESRC/AHRC, £460.7k), Co-Investigator
  • IMPACT - NIHR Global Health Research Group: Improving Outcomes in Mental and Physical Multimorbidity and Developing Research Capacity in South Asia (Apr 2018 – Mar 2021; NIHR, £1.99m), Co-Investigator
  • SUE - Surveys for Urban Equity: getting, and using, the data needed to respond to neglected non-communicable diseases in urban areas in LMICs (Apr 2017 – Mar 2019; GCRF/MRC; £653.2k), Co-Investigator
  • EXTEND - Impact of Extending Health Services to remote populations in Nigeria using Satellite Communication (Feb 2017 – Feb 2019; UK Space Agency; £389.1k), Co-Investigator
  • RESPOND - Creating responsive health systems: improving the use of feedback from service users in quality assurance and human resource management in Bangladesh (Jan 2017 – June 2018; MRC / DFID / Wellcome / ESRC; £200k), Principal Investigator
  • Socially Inclusive Cities Network (Jan 2017 – June 2018; GCRF/ESRC; £149.7k), Co-Investigator
  • REVAMP - Determinants of effectiveness of a novel community health workers programme in improving maternal and child health in Nigeria (Jun 2015 – May 2020; MRC / DFID / Wellcome / ESRC; £939.3k), Principal Investigator
  • Improving acceptability of ethnic minority midwives (EMMs) by local community and health system in mountainous provinces in Vietnam (Apr 2015 –  Mar 2016; WHO AHPSR; USD 100k), Co-Investigator
  • EVAL-HEALTH – Developing and testing of new methodologies to monitor and evaluate health related EU-funded interventions in cooperation partner countries (Jan 2011 – Oct 2014; EC, FP7; EURO 2.8m), Co-Investigator and WP lead
  • CHEPSAA – Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (Feb 2011 – Jan 2015; EC, FP7; EURO 1.9m), Co-Investigator and WP lead
  • PERFORM - Supporting decentralised management to improve health workforce performance in Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania (Sept 2011 – Aug 2015; EC, FP7; EURO 2.9m), Co-Investigator and WP lead
  • HESVIC – Health system stewardship and regulation in Vietnam, India and China (July 2009 – June 2012; EC, FP7; EURO 2.99m), Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator
  • MHAPP - MHAPP – Mental Health and Poverty Project (2005 - 2010; DFID, £5m), Co-investigator
  • HEPVIC – Health Policy-making in Vietnam, India and China: key determinants and their inter-relationships (Nov 2005 – Oct 2008; EC, FP6; EURO 2.6m ), Co-Investigator


  • PhD in Health Policy (University of Leeds, UK)
  • MA in Health Management, Planning and Policy (University of Leeds, UK)
  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, PGCLTHE (University of Leeds, UK)
  • MD (Medical Academy, Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Health Systems Global

Student education

I lead a core module ‘Introduction to Health Systems’ on the MSc in International Health and also teach on all other under- and post-graduate programmes in the Nuffield Centre. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • International health research
  • Research at the Nuffield Centre of International Health and Development

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>