Welcome to the website for the Centre for HeAlth Research at the Management School (CHaRMS). We are an interdisciplinary research centre based at Queen’s Management School, Queen's University Belfast. The Centre aims to promote social, behavioural, and management science research into issues relating to health and other dimensions of human wellbeing. Learn more about our internal and external members, research streams, and publications. You can follow news from CHaRMS on this website or on twitter.
CHaRMS’ goal is to provide an evidence base for supporting policy development and management within the fields of health and human wellbeing.
We aim to foster collaboration across disciplines and schools within the university, and between the university and external organisations.
£2m grant to create a global network for ECD for peacebuilding
An interdisciplinary research team from the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI) including CHaRMS members has been awarded a £2m grant to study the potential for ECD (early childhood development) programmes to promote sustainable development and peacebuilding
Job Opportunity: David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellowship and Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship on Aging and Work at Harvard
New Job Opportunity: Research Officer, National Patient Experience Survey Programme
Second Ireland Masterclass in Health Economics
Building on the success of the inaugural Ireland Masterclass in Health Economics held in Galway in 2016, Queens University Belfast will host the second Ireland Masterclass in Health Economics between April 3rd and April 6th 2018. It is organized by Professors Ciaran O’Neill, John Cawley, and John Mullahy.
The faculty contributing to the class include internationally recognised scholars who have provided advice to government and industry in the US, UK and Ireland, as well as pioneered the use and teaching of economics to address issues in health and health care. The faculty include:
Professor Cathy Bradley (University of Colorado)
Professor John Cawley (Cornell University)
Professor Joe Doyle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Professor Ted Joyce (City University of New York)
Professor Emma McIntosh (University of Glasgow)
Professor Ellen Meara (Dartmouth College)
Professor John Mullahy (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Professor Ciaran O'Neill (Queen's University Belfast)
Professor Andrew Street (London School of Economics)
The class is targeted at early career health economics researchers including faculty, post-doctoral fellows and post-graduates from around the world. Delegates will be exposed to the latest research in lectures, laboratories and smaller informal discussion sessions and given hands-on experience in the use of data in laboratory sessions. They will also have the opportunity to meet and discuss publication strategies with editors of leading academic journals, and with policy advisers on ensuring the effective translation of research into policy design and practice.
The event is run on a strictly non-profit basis. Generous support from sponsors (AbbVie Limited, GSK, Novartis, Pfizer and Roche) allows us to cap delegate fees at £300 for the week - £200 for those registering before December 31st. Fees cover all classes as well lunches, tea/coffee during breaks and a dinner to be held during the week.
Spaces will be strictly limited. For further details please contact:
International research and training workshop: Understanding individual and household choices in Africa using longitudinal data
Please see below for details on a workshop being organised in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 7-9 March 2018, looking at the use of choice models on longitudinal datasets from Africa. The workshop is jointly organized between Queen’s University Belfast, Leeds University, University of Cape Town and Ardhi University.
The deadline for applying to take part in the workshop is 1 December 2017.
- Introduction to existing longitudinal African datasets
- Training sessions in choice modelling and longitudinal data
- Identification of research opportunities and priorities
- Development of long term collaborations and research bids
Choice modelling, an econometric technique for understanding decision-making, is a key tool for understanding how people go about their lives and what factors affect the choices they make. There is growing interest in using choice models in an African context, with new impetus generated by the recent International Choice Modelling Conference held in Cape Town in 2015. However, many of these studies rely on datasets with small sample sizes and often make use of hypothetical rather than real-life choices.
At the same time, substantial investment has gone into collecting individual and household-level data in Africa. These datasets typically follow the same individuals or households over many years, providing a unique opportunity for understanding how decisions in one area (e.g. schooling) relate to those in other areas (e.g. nutrition) and how they are affected by outside shocks (e.g. poor crops). Our workshop aims to identify how the application of choice models to these existing data sources can help tackle urgent health, transport, educational and social issues and inform public policy decision-making in Africa.
The datasets identified so far for the workshop cover topics including health, transport, social interactions, education and employment, environmental effects and financial decisions. The aim is to look at decisions jointly across different dimensions, covering interactions between them and over time.
Four datasets have already been identified from Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya and South Africa, while attendees are encouraged to suggest additional data sources. Datasets need to contain information on real world choices (i.e. not stated preference) and should ideally be longitudinal in nature (i.e. multiple observations for the same individual/household over time).
The workshop will open with a series of presentations by some of the delegates on previous research making use of choice modelling techniques on data collected in Africa or other developing world countries. This will be followed by an introduction to the African datasets which have been identified by the organisers as having potential for analysis, as well as other datasets put forward by attendees.
During the afternoon all attendees will give a brief presentation on their own ideas which utilise African data. The day will close with presentations from local stakeholders explaining which local issues they would like to see choice modelling employed used for.
The second day will begin with the first sandpit discussion session, where attendees will work in groups to discuss the ideas previously presented. This will be followed by a debriefing session, updating the other delegates and gaining feedback on the developed idea. The rest of the day will focus on the technical aspects of choice modelling methods, including training and practical sessions.
The final day of the workshop will start with the second sandpit discussion session and corresponding debrief. This second session will offer an opportunity to refine the research ideas previously developed. The workshop will close with a planning session, which will identify future collaborative opportunities amongst the group.
The research and training workshop will be free to attend, with a small number of travel scholarships available. Attendees will not only learn about what data sources are available, but through sandpit discussion sessions will also develop new research ideas/proposals and lay the foundations for future collaborations.
If you are interested in contributing to this workshop, please send your CV, and a brief 250 word outline of your relevant research experience (including possible other data sources you have worked/you would like to work with) to email@example.com as soon as possible and no later than 1 December 2017.
Dr Arnold Kkihaule, Ardhi University, Tanzania
Dr Vikki O’Neill, Queen’s University Belfast
Prof Mark Zuidgeest, University of Cape Town
Prof Stephane Hess, University of Leeds
Details of the CHaRMS launch, including slides and photos, are available here.
CHaRMS Working Paper 17/05:
J. Perkins, R. Kim, A. Krishna, M. McGovern, V. Aguayo & S.V. Subramanian "Understanding the association between stunting and child development in low- and middle-income countries: Next steps for research and intervention"
CHaRMS Working Paper 17/04:
D. French & D. McKillop & T. Sharma "Analysis of Housing Equity Withdrawal by its Forms"
2017/18 CHaRMS Seminars
G. Marra, R. Radice, T. Bärnighausen, S. Wood & M. McGovern. "A Simultaneous Equation Approach to Estimating HIV Prevalence with Non-Ignorable Missing Responses" Journal of the American Statistical Association, 518(12) 484-496
A. Dimico. "Size Matters: The Effect of the Size of Ethnic Groups on Development" Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 79(3) 291-318
M. Flueckiger and M. Ludwig. “Urbanization, Fertility and Child Education in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Economics Letters 157, 97-102
E. McFerran, J. O'Mahony, R. Fallis, D. McVicar, A. Zauber, F. Kee, “Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Personalized Surveillance After Colorectal Adenomatous Polypectomy”, Epidemiologic Reviews 39(1), 148-160
A. Fernihough. "Human Capital and the Quantity–Quality Trade-off During the Demographic Transition" Journal of Economic Growth 22(1), 35–65
M. O'Doherty, D. French, A. Steptoe, F. Kee. “Social capital, deprivation and self-rated health: Does reporting heterogeneity play a role? Results from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing”, Social Science and Medicine 197, 191-200
M. McGovern, K. Herbst, F. Tanser, T. Mutevedzi, D. Canning, D. Gareta, D. Pillay, & T. Bärnighausen. "Do Gifts Increase Consent to Home-based HIV Testing? A Difference-in-Differences Study in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa" International Journal of Epidemiology 45 (6): 2100-2109
M. Flückiger & M Ludwig. "Malaria Suitability, Urbanization and Persistence: Evidence From China Over More Than 2000 Years". European Economic Review 92, 146–160.