Professor Stavros Petrou


Professor Stavros Petrou is the Academic Lead in Health Economics and Professor of Health Economics at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. He was previously Professor of Health Economics at the University of Warwick, where he still holds an honorary appointment. His research portfolio draws from a diverse funding base and covers both policy-relevant economic evaluations of diverse interventions and methodological work. A core theme of his research over the past 20 years has been the study of economic aspects of perinatal and paediatric health and healthcare, encompassing trial-based economic evaluations, economic evaluations based on decision-analytic models, systematic reviews, preference elicitation studies, and analysis of both cross-sectional data and cohort study data using econometric techniques.

He is one of only two health economists to have held a United Kingdom Medical Research Council Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellowship. He was elected a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator in 2017 (term two commencing in 2021), joining a body of England’s leading 200 applied health researchers, and one of only 5 health economists in England to currently hold this award. 

Patients and the public have played an important role in Stavros’ research over a number of years. One example is the modelling program of work on the cost-effectiveness of vaccination and immunisation, which he is currently conducting for England’s Department of Health Policy Research Programme.