Cam Donaldson


Universities & Institutions

  • Glasgow Caledonian University

Areas of Interest

  • Social business
  • Social enterprise
  • Health
  • Health economics
  • Microcredit and health

Cam is the Yunus Chair and Pro Vice Chancellor Research.

His interests include health economics; eliciting patients’ and public preferences for health care; development of priority setting frameworks for use on local health and social care settings; applying economic evaluation in several areas of clinical and public health practice; microfinance, social business and social enterprise as public health initiatives.

Cam is involved in research projects relating to:
– Developing and evaluating an economic and ethico-legal framework for priority setting in health and social care (funded by Chief Scientist Office of Scottish Government Health & Social Care Directorate)

– Future development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) (Funded by Scottish Government)

– FinWell London. Managing finances and multiple long-term conditions: eliciting the perspectives of low-income individuals (Funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity)

– Common Health Assets: a mixed methods realist evaluation and economic appraisal of how community led organisations impact on the health and wellbeing of people living in deprived areas (Funded by National institute for Health Research)

– Tools to value health outcomes in pediatric populations (Funded by Medical Research Future Fund: Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research Grant(Australia))

Cam first became a Professor of Health Economics at the University of Aberdeen in 1996, before going to hold the Svare Chair at the University of Calgary (1998-2002) and the Health Foundation Chair at Newcastle University (2002-2010).

His work has been recognised though a number of competitive awards and distinctions as follows:

2008-2012 National Institute for Health Research, Inaugural Senior Investigator
2003- 2004 Public Service Fellow, ESRC/EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM)
2002-2010 Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics, Newcastle University (won in UK-wide competition)
2000-2002 Canadian Institutes for Health Research Senior Investigator
1998-2003 Senior Scholar Award, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research

Cam has served on several policy-related committees, such as chairing the fpa’s Expert Panel on the Economics Sexual Health in England and membership of the NICE Appraisal Committee, as well as various research committees; including chairing the joint ESRC/MRC/NIHR Health Economics Post-Doctoral Fellowships Panel, deputy chair of the Methodology Panel at the Medical Research Council and membership of the Wellcome Trust’s Expert Review Group on Society & Ethics. He is an Associate Editor of Social Business and has been on the Editorial Boards of Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine and Health Policy. Cam has also served as organiser of the Health Economists’ Study Group, Secretary of the International Society on Priorities in Health and on the Board of the International Health Economics Association.

Cam has supervised 20 PhD students to completion and currently co-supervises one student, Michael Marshall, working on a general equilibrium model of the contribution of social enterprise to the wider economy.

He has also supervised 27 post-graduate research and clinical fellows and has examined 19 PhDs at universities around the world.

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