Rhiannon Tudor Edwards BSc. Econ, M.A., D.Phil., Hon. MFPH is Professor of Health Economics and the founding Director of health economics research at Bangor University. She is now Co-Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) at Bangor University. Rhiannon leads the Public Health Economics Research Group (PHERG) at CHEME which takes a life-course approach to the methodology and conduct of economic evaluation of public health interventions. She is particularly interested in system-level change. Rhiannon has published collaboratively over 200 peer-reviewed articles, reports and book chapters on health economics, both methodology and applied research. Rhiannon co-edited the 5th in the series “Handbooks in Health Economics – Applied Health Economics for Public Health Practice and Research” published by Oxford University Press, which is now an established course textbook.
Rhiannon works closely with a number of registered Trials Units and is health economist on a range of HTA and NIHR funded UK trials. She has a particular interest in the methodology of economic evaluation alongside trials of public health and psychosocial interventions.
Rhiannon has served terms on the MRC Steering Group on the economic returns of biomedical research in the UK (2007-2009), Wales Office for Research and Development in Health and Social Care Grants Committee (2000-2003), the NIHR Policy Research Unit Committee, and with colleagues at Bangor, supported the NICE Collaborating Centre for Cancer (2003-2006), contributing to four sets of commissioning guidance. She reviews for a range of health economics and health services research journals. Rhiannon works closely with Public Health Wales and was an examiner for the UK Faculty of Public Health for three years.
Rhiannon is Co-Director of Health and Care Economics Cymru (HCEC), an all-Wales collaboration of health economics experts, funded by Health and Care Research Wales through Welsh Government. She is also Honorary Professor at the Institute of Population Health Sciences, University of Liverpool.
COVID-19 pandemic activities
Expert economist group for the Secretary for State for Wales Office on scarring of the economy post-pandemic.
Bangor University co-lead BIHMR/HCEC Wales Covid-19 Wales Evidence Centre collaboration. https://healthandcareresearchwales.org/about-research-community/wales-covid-19-evidence-centre
Research in Wales
Rhiannon is a Health and Care Research Wales Senior Research Leader and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.
- BSc Econ. - University of Wales, Aberystwyth
- MA Econ. - University of Calgary, Canada
- DPhil - University of York
Prior to taking up her post at Bangor University in 1997
Rhiannon was Lecturer in Health Economics at Liverpool University with an Honorary position with Liverpool Health Authority. Rhiannon was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Policy (2004-2005) and spent her sabbatical at The McColl Institute Group Health Cooperative, a large health maintenance organisation (HMO), Seattle, USA. She was Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Excellence in Health Promotion Economics, University of Chicago. She published papers on choice in health care and co-authored an international comparison of waiting lists in public health care systems following her fellowship to the USA.
Executive coaching and well-being coaching
Rhiannon holds the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 7 in Executive Coaching and Mentoring and has completed the ILM endorsed Wellbeing Coaching programme through the British School of Coaching.
Sight loss - a lived experience
Rhiannon has spoken about living with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative eye condition and major cause of blindness. She delivered a Ted talk entitled “Promoting Resilience through Sight Loss” in 2016. With a commitment to employment for young people with visual impairment, Rhiannon has provided work experience via the RNIB for young people with visual impairment.
In Bangor, Rhiannon has 8 PhD students and guest lectures on Health Economics and Public Health Economics at postgraduate level on the Bangor University Health Services Research Summer School and at the University of Liverpool on the Masters in Public Health course. She is an active member of the UK Health Economists Study Group (HESG) and convenor of the HESG Early Career Mentoring Programme.