French, Dr Declan

Keywords: health economics; retirement; work disability; household finance; international development

My work experience has been in health statistics and I completed a PhD in health economics in 2008. Previous research has focused on actuarial modelling and forecasting of mortality, asset pricing, the Millennium Development Goals, the influence of religious segregation on mental health in Northern Ireland and the effect of debt on physical and mental health.  These projects have attracted funding from a number of UK bodies including Research Councils.

 I am currently working with a consortium of 6 European universities on a European Commission research project on promoting the contribution of housing wealth to pension adequacy. Centre of Excellence funding is supporting a project on the mediating pathways from financial stress to health as well as a project on work disability in Northern Ireland in the context of the Troubles. A new project with colleagues in Cancer Research will examine the cost-effectiveness of personalised medicine in the treatment of colorectal cancer.  I have applied to the Queens University Management School for funding to stablish a Centre for Health Research this year.