Prof Philip Clarke
Professor of Health Economics & Director of the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC)
University of Oxford
Professor Philip Clarke is the Director of the Health Economics Research Centre at the University of Oxford. For over a decade, he has undertaken research on ways to use evidence to improve the allocation of research funding. Including: (i) quantifying the time taken to complete grant applications; (ii) estimating the reliability of the grant assessment processes; (iii) developing alternative mechanisms for allocating research grants, such as conditional lotteries. He has worked closely with funders, including Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council New Zealand’s Health Research Council and the British Academy. His current research focuses on using conditional lotteries to quantify the impact of research funding on research productivity. He previously wrote a regular column, “Academonomics” for an Australian newspaper, which applies economics analysis to universities and academic life.