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 Distinguished Professor of Health Economics at Glasgow Caledonian University and Professor of Health Economics at Australian National University

Cam has also served, from 2016-21, as Glasgow Caledonian’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, during which time the University became the first to use the Sustainable Development Goals as the framework for its research strategy. Cam’s interests include: eliciting patients’ and public preferences for health care; development of priority-setting frameworks for use in local health and social care settings; economic evaluation of innovations in clinical and public health practice; microfinance, social business and social enterprise as public health initiatives.

Cam is involved in several research projects relating to:

  • Developing and evaluating economic and ethico-legal frameworks for priority setting in health and social care, having received funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Department of Health and Social Care in England, and, currently, the Chief Scientist Office of Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate.
  • Development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland), funded initially by the Medical Research Council as well as donations from Community Business Scotland, and subsequently by the ScottishGovernment.
  • FinWell projects on financial lives, health and well-being amongst low-income individuals. FinWellGlasgow is funded by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate; FinWell London by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity; and FinWell Covid by the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council. The team are currently working with NEST Insight on a project on UK Household Financial Diaries.
  • Public values, Universal Basic Income and health: developing a mixed-methods study to elicit and deliberate public values for Universal Basic Income and comparator policies in relation to their impact on population health and health inequalities, funded by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Research.
  • CommonHealth Assets: a mixed methods realist evaluation and economic appraisal of how community-led organisations impact the health and wellbeing of people living in deprived areas, funded by the National Institute for Health Research and following from the CommonHealth research programme which Cam led from 2014-19, funded by the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.
  • CommonHealth Catalyst, a project funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council on Developing a Community-based research consortium to address health disparities.
  • Tools to value health outcomes in pediatric populations, funded by the Medical Research Future Fund of the Government of Australia and following earlier projects funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (Values in Priority Setting), the European Commission (European Value of a QALY, or EuroVaQ) and the Department of Health and Social Care in England (Social Value of a QALY, or SVQ).
  • Realist Economic Evaluation Methods (REEM), funded by the UK’s National Institurte for Health and Care Research.

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

Cam’s work has also been recognised through a number of other competitive career awards and distinctions:

  • 2008-12: National Institute for Health Research, Inaugural Senior Investigator.
  • 2003-4: Public Services Fellow, Economic & Social Research Council Advanced Institute for Management Research.
  • 2000-2: Canadian Institutes for Health Research Senior Investigator
  • 1998-2003: Senior Scholar, 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. He has chaired or been a member of several research committees at MRC, NIHR and the Wellcome Trust. He has served as Associate Editor of Social Business and on the Editorial Boards of Health Economics, Social Science and 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.

Since 2013, Cam has been Chair of the Scientific Committee of the annual Social Business Academia Conference, the main meeting for the growing international academic network of Yunus Social BusinessCentres.

In 2022, Cam was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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