Professor Julie Ratcliffe

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Research Biography

Professor Julie Ratcliffe is a Matthew Flinders Fellow and Professor of Health Economics in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She also holds an Honorary Professorial appointment in the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield.

Previously Julie has held academic positions in the Health Economics Research Unit at Brunel University, the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield and the Institute for Choice, University of South Australia.

Research Impact

During the course of her career, Professor Ratcliffe has published over 280 papers in peer reviewed journals and she has been a chief investigator on over 50 multi-disciplinary research grants including grants awarded by the NHMRC and ARC in Australia and the MRC and ESRC in the UK.

Julie is an experienced health economist and an internationally recognised leader in economic evaluation for health and social care sectors. Her research expertise centres on the measurement and valuation of health, quality of life and wellbeing outcomes for economic evaluation. She is a co-author on the seminal textbook for this topic (Brazier J, Ratcliffe J, Salomon J, Tsuchiya A. Measuring and Valuing Health Benefits for Economic Evaluation - second edition published in 2017 by Oxford University Press) widely cited and utilised internationally in health economics teaching programmes and by researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.

Research Interests

Julie's research interests include:

  • Measurement and valuation of health and quality of life outcomes
  • Patient and consumer preferences
  • Economic evaluation of interventions across health and social care sectors.

Julie recently successfully completed as the lead investigator a 4 year programme of work funded by the Australian Research Council and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to develop new quality of life and quality of care experience measures for application in quality assessment and economic evaluation in aged care. She leads a health economics team with internationally recognised expertise in the measurement and valuation of quality of life, economic evaluation and the development and application of discrete choice experiments for eliciting consumer preferences across health and social care. During the course of her career, Julie has contributed as the lead health economist to the design, conduct and translation of over 50 multi-disciplinary research projects including aged care researchers and practitioners, health service researchers and policy makers. She has successfully led several large-scale projects including a multi-state project funded by the Australian Research Council to assess the cost effectiveness of consumer directed community aged care and a project funded by the NHMRC to develop an adolescent population specific value set for measuring and valuing quality of life with young people.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Health Economics (13)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Health Services Research (1)
  • Public Health (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Health Economics, Brunel University

Award Date: 31 Mar 2000


  • Registered

Supervisory Interests

  • Health economic evaluation
  • Patient preferences
  • Patient outcomes
  • Health policy


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • economic evaluation
  • health and social care policy
  • quality of life
  • health economics


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