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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Giuliano Russo, PhD


Senior Lecturer in Global Health

Centre: Centre for Public Health & Policy



I am a Senior Lecturer in Global Public Health at QMUL’s Centre for Public Health and Policy. I have over 20 years of professional experience in academia and in the public and private sector, having previously worked for the University of Lisbon (Portugal), the Overseas Development Institute (UK), the Government of Mozambique, the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (Mexico), as well as for SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals (Spain and the UK). I am currently Associate Editor for the journal Human Resources for Health.

Having trained as health economist at the University of York and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, my recent work has focused on pharmaceutical policies and markets in low- and middle-income countries, the economics of human resources for health, health systems in low-income settings, and on global health aid architecture, with a geographical focus on African and Latin-American countries.

At QMUL, I teach Medicines and Pharmaceutical Markets, as well as Research Methods. Currently, I am the Principal Investigator for a research project on physician dual practice in Mozambique and South Africa, and Co-Investigator in a project on lay mental health interventions in Vietnam and Cambodia, both funded by the National Institute of Health Research. In the past, I led projects on the impact of the economic crisis on health system and workforce in Brazil (Medical Research Council), and on the impact of COVID-19 on the provision of health services in the African continent (UKRI).

Within WIPH, I am the lead for the PhD programme in Global Public Health, and QMUL health research area lead for the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Programme.



Research Interests:

  • The impact of economic crises and COVID-19 human resources for health
  • Health workers dual practice and multiple hob-holding
  • Analysing health systems and workforces in fragile and conflict-affected states
  • Pharmaceutical markets in low- and middle-income countries
  • The economics of vaccines manufacturing
  • The global aid architecture in the health sector


Please click through to see a complete list of Giuliano's publications.

Featured publications

Shayo, E.H., Nassor, N.K., Mboera, L.E.G., Ngadaya, E., Mangesho, P., Bakari, M., Urassa, M., Seif, M., Tarimo, C., Masemo, A., Mmbaga, B.T., O’Sullivan, N., McCoy, D., Russo, G., 2023. The impacts of COVID-19 and its policy response on access and utilization of maternal and child health services in Tanzania: A mixed methods study. PLOS Global Public Health 3, e0001549.

Scheffer, Mário, Vera S. F. Paiva, Lorena G. Barberia, and Giuliano Russo. ‘Monkeypox in Brazil between Stigma, Politics, and Structural Shortcomings: Have We Not Been Here Before?’ The Lancet Regional Health - Americas, 10 November 2022, 100394.

Russo, Giuliano, Tiago Jesus Silva, Zakariah Gassasse, Jonathan Filippon, Arianna Rotulo, and Elias Kondilis (2021). ‘The Impact of Economic Recessions on Health Workers: A Systematic Review and Best-Fit Framework Synthesis of the Evidence from the Last 50 Years’. Health Policy and Planning 36, no. 4: 542–51.

Russo, Giuliano, Lihui Xu, Michelle McIsaac, Marcelle Diane Matsika-Claquin, Ibadat Dhillon, Barbara McPake, and James Campbell (2019). ‘Health Workers’ Strikes in Low-Income Countries: The Available Evidence’. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 97, no. 7: 460-467H.

Hanson, Kara, Stuart Anderson, Henry Lishi Li, Barbara McPake, Benjamin Palafox, Giuliano Russo, and Rima Shretta (2018). ‘Pharmaceuticals’. In Global Health - Diseases, Programs, Systems and Policies, Merson, Black and Mills editors. Fourth Edition. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.


I currently supervise:

  • Susan Akoth-Nungo, ESRC. “Financing Social health Insurance Schemes in Low-Income Countries; the Case of Kenya”
  • Sabine Demeraw (The University of South Denmark). Bandim Project. “Strengthening provision of mother and child services in Guinea-Bissau”

I accept PhD projects in the following areas: the economics of human resources for health; pharmaceutical markets in low- and middle-income countries; health policy and planning in resource-scarce settings; health markets and services in fragile states.

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