School of Social and Political Science

Mark Hellowell

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Senior Lecturer


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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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Research interests

Research interests

Health Systems, Public Private Partnerships, Innovative Health Taxes, Private Sector in Health, Managing Health Markets, Health policy, Healthcare Financing, Global Health Policy, Universal Health Coverage

Mark Hellowell is Director of Global Health Policy Unit at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on various dimensions of health systems strengthening, from ways of engaging with private sector providers of health-related products and services, mechanisms for integrating efforts to achieve key global health goals such as Universal Health Coverage and Global Health Security, to the role of regulation and taxation in reducing the supply of health-damaging commodities, such as tobacco, alcohol and sugar. He has worked with various front-line global health and health policy agencies, including the World Bank, the Global Financing Facility, the Department for International Development (DfiD) and the World Health Organization.

Dr. Hellowell is currently working with the World Health Organization's Advisory Group on the Private Sector, including on topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent related outputs, authored or co-authored by him, from can be found here:

Topics interested in supervising

I have supervised a number of PhD students to successful completion of their studies. I would be interested in supervising qualified students with any of the following interests: (i) global health security and universal health coverage (ii) healthcare financing models (iii) the role of the private sector in health financing and/or health services

If you are interested in being supervised by Mark Hellowell, please see the links below (opening in new windows) for more information:


Academic Publications

Hellowell, M. 2019. Are public-private partnerships the future of healthcare delivery in sub-Saharan Africa? Lessons from Lesotho. BMJ Global Health, doi:10.1136/ bmjgh-2018-001217

Hellowell, M, Stapleton, P and Stafford, A. 2019. Austerity and hospitals in deficit: Is PPP termination the answer. Abacus.

Wenham, C, Katz, R, Buringi, C, Hellowell, M, Boden, L, Eccleston-Turner, M, and Gostin, L et al. 2018, Global health security and universal health coverage: from a marriage of convenience to a strategic, effective partnership, BMJ Global Health

Hellowell, M. 2018. Delivering healthcare infrastructure and services through public private partnerships – the Lesotho caseAchieving Collective Ends with Limited Resources: Africa's Struggle to Bridge the Infrastructure Gap. Gil, N. A. P., Stafford, A. & Musonda, I. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

Hellowell, M, Appleby, J and Taylor, M. 2018. What models of funding are best for a healthy and just society?', BMJ 2018;361:k2566

Wright, A, Smith, K.E. and Hellowell, M. 2017. 'Policy lessons from health taxes: a systematic review of empirical studies', BMC Public Health,

Hellowell, M., Smith, K.E. and Wright, A. 2016. Hard to Avoid but Difficult to Sustain: Scotland’s Innovative Health Tax on Large Retailers Selling Tobacco and Alcohol, The Milbank Quarterly.

Biro, A. and Hellowell, M. 2016. Public-private sector interactions and the demand for supplementary health insurance in the United Kingdom, Health Policy, DOI:

Boardman, A and Hellowell, M. 2016. A Comparative Analysis and Evaluation of Specialist PPP Units’ Methodologies for Conducting Value for Money Appraisals’, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis,

Hellowell, M. 2016. The price of certainty: Benefits and costs of public–private partnerships for healthcare infrastructure and related services?, Health Services Management Research, DOI: 10.1177/0951484816639742.

Hellowell, M. 2015. Analysis: Borrowing to save: can NHS bodies ease financial pressures by terminating PFI contracts?, BMJ,

Hellowell, M. and Ralston, M. 2015. The equity implications of health system change in the UK,  in Smith, K., Hill, S. & Bambra, C. (eds.). Health Inequalities: Critical Perspectives. Oxford University Press, 11. See:

Colla, P, Hellowell, M, Vecchi, V and Gatti, S. 2015. Determinants of the cost of capital for privately financed hospital projects in the UK, Health Policy. DOI:

Hellowell, M and Vecchi, V. 2015. The Non-Incremental Road to Disaster? Agency Problems in the Commissioning of Infrastructure Projects in the UK and Italy, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, DOI: 10.1080/13876988.2015.1016773

Hellowell, M. 2015. Public Investment as a Driver of Economic Development and Growth, In Caselli, S, et al (eds), Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure and Business Development, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, ch. 3

Hellowell, M, Vecchi, V and Caselli, S. 2015. Return of the state? An appraisal of policies to enhance access to credit for infrastructure-based PPPs, Public Money and ManagementVolume 35Issue 1, pp. 35:1, 71-78, DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2015.986898

Hellowell, M. 2014. The return of PFI – will the NHS pay a higher price for new hospitals? London: The Centre for Health and the Public Interest. Available:…

Hellowell, M. 2013. PFI Redux?: Assessing a New Model for Financing Hospitals, Health policy, 113(1-2), 77-85, DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.09.008.

Vecchi, V, Hellowell, M, Gatti, S. 2013. Does the private sector receive an excessive return from investments in health care infrastructure projects? Evidence from the UK, Health Policy. Vol. 110, issue 2, pp. 243-270.

Vecchi, V and Hellowell, M. 2013. Leasing by public authorities in Italy: creating economic value from a balance sheet illusion, Public Money & Management, Vol. 33, No.1, pp. 63-70.

Vecchi, V and Hellowell, M. 2012. Securing a Better Deal from Investors in Public Infrastructure Projects: Insights from Capital Budgeting, Public Management Review.

Hellowell, M and Vecchi, V. 2012. What return for Risk? The Price of Equity Capital in Public-Private Partnerships. In Greve, C and Hodge, G (eds), Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships: Strategies for Turbulent Times, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routlege, ch. 3

Smith, K and Hellowell, M. 2012. Beyond Rhetorical Differences: A Cohesive Account of Post-devolution Developments in Health Policy', Social Policy and Administration, Vol.46, No.2, p.178-198.

Hellowell, M and Vecchi, V. 2012. An evaluation of the projected returns to investors on 10 PFI projects commissioned by the National Health Service, Financial Accountability and Management, Vol.28, No.1, p.77-100.

Vecchi, V, Hellowell, M and Longo, F. 2010. Are Italian healthcare organisations paying too much for their public private partnerships?, Public Money and Management. Vol. 30(2), pp. 125-132.

Hellowell, M and Pollock, AM. 2010. Do PPPs in social infrastructure enhance the public interest?, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 69, No. S1, pp. S23-S34.

Hellowell, M. 2010. The private finance initiative: policy, performance and prospects. In Hodge, G, Greve, C and Boardman, A, International Handbook on Public-Private-Partnerships. Edward Elgar.

Hellowell, M and Pollock, AM. 2009. The private financing of NHS hospitals: politics, policy and practice, Economic Affairs. Vol.29. No.1, pp.13-19.

Hellowell, M and Pollock, AM. 2009. Non-profit distribution: the Scottish approach to private finance in public services, Social Policy and Society. Vol 8 (3), pp. 405-418.

Hellowell, M and Pollock AM. 2007. The PFI: Scotland's Plan for Expansion and its Implications, Public Money and Management. Vol. 27 (5), pp. 351-255.


Mark is Programme Director of the MSc Global Health Policy. He is also Course Organiser for the on-campus and online courses in Health Systems Analysis (at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels). He holds a PhD in Global Health Policy, an MSc in Finance, an MSc in Public Policy, and a PGCert in Teaching.

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9.30am to 11am on Mondays during semesters 1 and 2.