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I’m an Assistant Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics. I am also an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London.

My research interests are in the economics of public health practice in developing countries. I focus on two pillars of public health – health protection and improving services by  (1) studying the role of human behaviour in disease transmission; (2) evaluating the effectiveness of large-scale public health interventions with quasi-experimental methods; (3) designing and testing optimal behavioural incentives, through randomised-controlled field experiments and (4) developing theoretical models of optimal decision rules for the allocation of finances, and empirical work  forecasting the costs and cost-effectiveness of rolling out successful interventions as policy.

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Recent publications

Thomas R., Cirera L., Brew J., Saute F., Sicuri E. The short-term impact of a malaria elimination initiative in Southern Mozambique: Application of the synthetic control method to routine surveillance data. Health Economics. 2021 Volume 30, Issue 9, 2168-2184.

Thomas R., Probert W., Sauter R., et al. Cost and cost-effectiveness of a universal HIV testing and treatment intervention in Zambia and South Africa: Evidence and projections from the HPTN 071(PopART) Trial. The Lancet Global Health. 2021 Volume 9, Issue 5, e668-e680.