Professor Chris Bojke

Professor Chris Bojke


Chris is an experienced empirical health economist with a background in economic evaluation, econometrics and health policy with an interest in applying econometric techniques to health technology applications to expand the economic evaluation framework to accommodate non-standard evaluations.  For example to account for patient heterogeneity and/or use of observational data.

He has specific research interests in the health economics of:  wound care, mental health, maternity services; patient safety and health care workforce and he has extensive experience in using large and complex datasets such as the Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES)

Previous Roles

Prior to joining AUHE in September 2016, Chris was a Senior Research Fellow in the Health Policy team at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York from 2005 - 2009 and as a research fellow in the primary care team from 1999 to 2004. In between CHE stints, Chris was a senior economist at the National Foundation for Educational Research and director of Pharmerit Ltd, a private consultancy firm providing HTA services to the pharmaceutical industry.

Current Research Interests

The use of large scale observational datasets (such as HES) for the purposes of HTA and health policy evaluation/decision making using quasi-experimental approaches such as controlled Interupted Time Series methods

The use of panel-data econometric techniques alongside clinical trials to identify important idiosyncrasies such as patient heterogeneity, response over time and non-random drop-out or switching.

The cost-effectiveness of Health Care Staffing inputs including staffing of Inpatient Mental Health Wards and the health economics of maternity services - managing demand; patient choice and service provision

Disease Areas : Wound Care ; Mental Health; Falls Injury and Ophthalmology

Committee/Steering Group Membership

2018 – current: EU Horizon 2020 funding committee member

2018 - current: NIHR HS&DR Funding Committee member  

2017 - current: Standing Core Member of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committee B

2016 - 2019: Steering Group for Safer Nursing Care Tool Development a University of Southampton project.

2015 - 2018: Steering Committee of Measuring General Practice Productivity a University of Sheffield and King’s Fund project

2014 – 2015: Standing Core Member of the NICE Safe Staffing Advisory Committee


Aside from the academic attainments listed here Chris has extensive experience of economic evaluation in the private sector.  He was recently responsible for the health economic component of the successful industry submission of Holoclar for the treatment of LSCD to NICE.  Holoclar was Europe’s first licensed stem cell technology.  He is used as a health economist expert for NICE in their early scientific advice committees and has featured in a number of industry organised mock NICE appraisals and ad boards for conditions ranging from migraine to lung cancer.

Chris also presents one-day courses on health economists for non-health economists for Copenhagen Business School – SIMI executive courses, Roboleo, IQVIA and  PwC.  


  • Head of Academic Unit of Health Economics


  • PhD Economics - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 2010
  • MSc Statistics - University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 1995
  • BA(hons) 1st Class Economics - Nottingham Trent University 1994

Student education

Teaching Responsibilities

Introduction to Health Economics – Taught Postrgraduate Module at Leeds

Analysing Patient-Level Data using Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), University of York

Current PhD students

Davide Trebaldi. The impact of adherence to guidelines, individual behaviour, and personality traits on the management of type 2 diabetes. Supervisors: Silviya Nikolova, Chris Bojke and Robert West

Claire Mills.  The ACoUSTiC study – Exploring the potential benefits of Above CUff VocaliSation in TraCheostomy: communication, swallowing, decannulation and cost savings.  Supervisors: Chris Bojke, Catherine Brennan, Heidi Siddle, Mark Bellamy and Emilia Michou

Rachael Jablonski.  IMPRESSeD: IMproving facial PRosthesis construction with contactlESs Scanning and Digital workflow. A feasibility cross-over randomised controlled trial of digital versus conventional manufacture for facial prostheses in patients post-surgery for head and neck cancer.  Supervisors: Brian Nattress, Andrew Keeling, Chris Bojke and Susan Pavitt

PhD supervision

Chris is interested in supervising PhD projects across a wide range of health economics topics including HTA and health policy, especially where there is a clear econometric theme of either/or using observational data or identifying heterogeneity in outcomes/preferences.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics
  • Health economics
  • Complex interventions
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