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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Giuliano Russo, MSc DPhil


Senior Lecturer in Global Health

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 882 3449


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.

A health economist by training, 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.

I hold an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York, and a Doctorate in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

At QMUL, I teach Medicines and Pharmaceutical Markets, as well as Research Methods. I am the Principal Investigator for a research project on the impact of the economic crisis and COVID-19 on health system and workforce in Brazil funded by the Medical Research Council, and co-investigator in other two UKRI projects on the impact of COVID-19 on the provision of health services in the African continent. Within QMUL Global Policy Institute, I am the Academic Lead for the area of health system resilience and trauma.



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

Russo, Giuliano, Tiago Silva Jesus, Kevin Deane, Abdinasir Yusuf Osman, and David McCoy. ‘Epidemics, Lockdown Measures and Vulnerable Populations: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review of the Evidence of Impacts on Mother and Child Health in Low-And- Lower Middle-Income Countries’. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 2021, 1.

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.

Andrietta, Lucas Salvador, Maria Luiza Levi, Mário C. Scheffer, Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto e Alves, Bruno Luciano Carneiro Alves de Oliveira, and Giuliano Russo (2020). ‘The Differential Impact of Economic Recessions on Health Systems in Middle-Income Settings: A Comparative Case Study of Unequal States in Brazil’. BMJ Global Health 5, no. 2: e002122.

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 accept PhD supervisions in the following areas: the economics of human resources for health; health systems in conflict and economic crisis situations; pharmaceutical markets in low- and middle-income countries; strikes in the health sector; and COVID-19 impacts in the global South

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