Led by the LSHTM the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU) unites leading health and social care expertise to improve evidence-based policy-making and its implementation across the National Health Service, social care and public health. PIRU’s team of researchers from leading research institutions work with policy and decision-makers in the Department of Health (DH), the NHS and local government to provide rigorous research evidence to inform the early stages of policy innovation.

The Unit is undertaking a number of research projects involving Imperial College Business School:


  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Lead partner)
  • LSE
  • Rand Europe
  • Nuffield Trust
  • Public Health Research Consortium

Outputs & Impact

Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU)

  • Principal Investigator: Professor Nicholas Mays (LSHTM)
  • Business School Investigator: Professor James Barlow 
  • Funder: Department of Health
  • Duration:  January 2011 – December 2023