Lines of research: Health Economics, Economics of Education and Financial Inclusion
Dr Toni Mora is a full professor at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona). He is currently vice-rector for Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer. His main lines of a research include micro-econometric techniques for health policy impact assessment, and what determines healthcare utilisation and the design of experiments to assess healthcare policies. He also undertakes research in other fields such as the Economics of Education and Regional Economics. He is currently 2nd Vice President of the Spanish Health Economics Association (AES) and a member of the European Health Economics Association (EuHEA). He holds a PhD in Economics. His research focuses on studies related to obesity, and what determines healthcare expenditure and inequity (analysis of inequality). He regularly works with the Catalan Public Health Service (ASPCAT).
David Roche Vallés
Line of research: Health Economics
Dr David Roche holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and a PhD in Computer Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He has spent his professional career in three areas: teaching, research and consulting.
For the past ten years, he has worked as a lecturer in the fields of mathematics, statistics and information systems at a number of different universities. He currently combines teaching as an assistant lecturer at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona) and as an academic assistant at ESADE, though he has also taught at both undergraduate and master’s level at other universities such as the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). In terms of research, he has worked on the development of the computational and statistical side of pharmacological models and in developing and implementing models based on evolutionary computation. He also provides data analysis services as a business consultant. He has worked in companies in a variety of different sectors, including banking and publishing.
Boi Ruiz García
Line of research: Health Economics
Dr Boi Ruiz holds a PhD (cum laude) from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and a degree in Hospital Management from EADA Business School.
Following a long career as a clinician, manager, senior executive in the healthcare and social healthcare sectors, university lecturer, international consultant and author of numerous books, articles and publications related to healthcare policies, healthcare planning and health service/centre management, he was named Minister of Health for the Government of Catalonia in December 2010, a position he held until January 2016. An advocate for management and public policy accountability, particularly in the field of healthcare, he pushed for the publication of these policies through the Central Bureau of Results in the Department of Health’s Quality Assessment Agency. This initiative, based on his own doctoral thesis, is the only one of its kind in Spain.
He is currently a lecturer at the Universitat Internacional de Catalonia (UIC Barcelona), where he is director of the Healthcare Management and Health Policy Chair. He is also a lecturer for the Master’s Degree in Health Centre Management at the Barcelona Online Business School (OBS), a lecturer for the Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management at the University of Barcelona and assistant lecturer at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). He also presides the Barcelona-based international consultancy firm Know How Advisers, of which he was founder. In the social realm, he is vice-president of the Human Foundation, vice-president of the Barcelona Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and a board member of the Societat d’Estudis Econòmics de Barcelona.
Lines of research: Health Economics, Labor Economics
Dr Manuel Flores works as lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at Universitat International de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona). He received his Ph.D in Economics from University of Santiago de Compostela in 2014 and MSc. in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2007 and from University of Santiago de Compostela in 2009.
Before joining UIC Barcelona, he worked during three years as an Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on topics related to pensions, population aging, inequalities, health and the labor market. He has been also a visiting scholar at the Department of Population Health Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a visiting student at Utrecht University School of Economics.
His research interests are in the areas of health economics, labor economics, economics of aging, human capital development and applied micro-econometrics. His research has been published in journals including Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and Empirical Economics and he has been external reviewer for various scientific journals such as Ageing & Society, Economics & Human Biology, Health Economics, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences and PLoS ONE.
Irene Sánchez Collado
Line of research: Health Economics, Applied Micro-Econometrics
Dr. Irene Sánchez is a post-doctoral researcher at the International University of Catalonia (UIC). She holds a PhD in Economics by the University of York (December 2017) where she was awarded with a PhD scholarship from the UK Department of Health Policy Research Programme. The focus of her doctoral research was on analysing the impact of providing informal care on carer well-being, early retirement decisions, and health outcomes.
Her main area of research is the application of micro-econometric techniques to different health economic topics, which include the provision of informal care, individuals’ life-style, and well-being.
In the past Irene has worked at the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York as a Research Fellow in the health policy team collaborating in projects for the Department of Health England.
Her teaching experience includes leading and tutoring in Health Economics courses (University of York), Econometric courses (University of York and Pompeu Fabra University), and Welfare Economics (Pompeu Fabra University).
Irene also holds an MSc in Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (June 2011), and an MA in Economic Theory and Econometrics from the Toulouse School of Economics (June 2010), and a Bachelor in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, 2005-2009).
Ana Magdalena Vargas
Researcher in the IRAPP
Line of research: Health Economics
Currently a substitute interim lecturer in the Faculty of Nursing, Physiotherapy and Podiatry’s Department of Nursing at the University of Seville and a collaborating researcher in the Research Institute for Evaluation and Public Policies (IRAPP). She studied Nursing at the University of Seville, later specialising in Family and Community Nursing following a two-year programme as a Resident Nursing Intern in the Llerena-Zafra Multidisciplinary Family and Community Teaching Unit in Badajoz. She holds a master’s degree in New Care Trends in Health Sciences from the University of Seville and previously worked as a researcher coordinating a multi-site project financed by the Neumosur Foundation and the Ministry of Health, under contract with the Beturia Andalusian Foundation for Health Research (FABIS) in the Huelva Hospital Complex. She is currently finishing her doctoral thesis on the economic assessment of a programme known as ALERTA ALCOHOL, a targeted prevention programme for occasional binge drinking in adolescents (code: PI-0031-2014). While pursuing her PhD, she has worked as a pre-doctoral fellow in the Health Economics Research Group (HERG) at Brunel University and alongside Dr Marta Trapero-Bertran and Dr Toni Mora Corral at UIC Barcelona.