Dr Silviya Nikolova


Dr Silviya Nikolova is a Lecturer in Health Economics at the Academic Unit of Health Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Her current research focuses on economic evaluation and economics of frailty and ageing. Silviya also undertakes research in health and social care services evaluation. Her research uses quantitative methods applied to large data sets including routine NHS data.

Silviya is a member of NIHR HS&DR board since July 2018.

Silviya regularly contributes to the Research Design Service, providing health economics advice to NHS staff and academics developing research proposals.

Her present teaching activity is focused on training of PhD students who are undertaking research in frailty, diabetes and hospital pay-for-performance.


  • AUHE Lead for Research
  • Research Design Service adviser

Research interests

Silviya is the principal investigator on the first cost-effectiveness study of home adaptations for older people funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust (DMT).

Silviya is lead economist on the Dance on/Dance Activator study. She co-leads the health economics on eFI+ study.

Silviya is the lead methodologist for the routine data analysis for work package 1 of PROSPER NIHR programme grant and eFI+. She also supports the health economic evaluation for PROSPER and HERO trials.

Silviya is a co-applicant on projects in social care and volunteer action.

Many of these studies are undertaken using observational data, including routine NHS data, which calls for a different set of methods accounting for heterogeneity, endogeneity, missingness of data and attrition among other issues.

Silviya is enthusiastic about interdisciplinary research intrinsic to the nature of health sciences. Integrating insights from different subject areas produces a wider understanding to which Silviya strives to bring quantitative rigour and economics perspective.


  • PhD Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Professional memberships

  • NIHR HS&DR prioritisation board - July 2018

Student education

Her present teaching activity is focused on training of PhD students who are undertaking research infrailty,  diabetes and hospital pay-for-performance.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Applied Health Econometrics Group
  • Health economics
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics

Current postgraduate researchers

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