I am a PhD student based in the Division for Health Research at Lancaster University.  My fellowship is funded by Lancaster University to support LiLaC’s membership of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR).  Through SPHR, I had the opportunity apply for an NIHR Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC).  The scheme awards of up to £5,000 per individual and is designed to optimise and enhance the individuals’ experience and their CVs and careers. The funds can be used to spend time in other parts of the NIHR; to network, train in a specific skill, or collaborate with other researchers/specialists.  Indeed, this is a great opportunity for high quality and stimulating research training experience that will bring benefits during the placement and ongoing opportunities to share expertise and collaborate.

I am thrilled to announce that my application was successful. This means that I will receive funding for a 3-month visiting position at Imperial College London (hopefully) in the fall of 2021 under the ‘host’ supervision of Dr Pedro Rosa-Dias (Associate Professor of Health Economics). The placement will help me advance my PhD research in a leading research institution under Pedro’s supervision, who has worked extensively on the main themes of my thesis titles “The impact of economic shocks on health and health inequalities”. During my placement, I will be working on my second PhD project that focuses on the effect of parental unemployment during childhood on young adults’ health. I will also be working on other projects that are yet to be confirmed. I expect this collaborative work to lead to the publication of research articles in leading journals and, possibly, policy papers.

This placement will allow me to develop my research in a uniquely stimulating academic environment. Faculty members in the Department of Economics and Public Policy, CHEPI and the School of Public Health at Imperial include some leading researchers in my field. This will expose me to the latest research questions and state of the art research and enhance my arsenal of research skills greatly. The opportunity to attend and present at the Economics seminars, Health Economics Network events and CHEPI seminars is also an invaluable opportunity to gather feedback on my ongoing research and plans.

Finally, this placement will allow me to be enmeshed in both the Imperial Business School and the NIHR School of Public Health’s research networks. This will greatly enhance my network of academic collaborations and allow me to develop interdisciplinary work that straddles different sub-disciplines within Economics. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the Deputy Director of SPHR Prof. Rona Campbell, and the lead of LiLaC at Lancaster University, Prof. Jennie Popay, for supporting my application. I would also like to thank my supervisors, Prof. Bruce Hollingsworth and Dr Eugenio Zucchelli, for their constant guidance and support.


Mario Martinez-Jimenez