Imperial College London


Business School

Professor of International Health Policy and Economics



+44 (0)20 7594 9157f.sassi




Mrs Lorraine Sheehy +44 (0)20 7594 9173




380Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Franco Sassi holds a Chair in International Health Policy and Economics and is the Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Innovation. He is also a Senior Health Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD, Paris (on leave) - where he developed and was responsible for the Organisation's Public Health Programme. His work has been aimed at assessing the impacts of public policies to tackle major chronic diseases and their predisposing risk factors, including poor nutrition, physical inactivity, alcohol and tobacco use, and a range of environmental and social exposures. He is the author and editor of a large number of publications on economic aspects of public health, including the books “Obesity and the economics of prevention: Fit not fat”, in 2010, and "Tackling harmful alcohol use: Economics and public health policy" in 2015. Prior to joining the OECD, Franco was a senior lecturer in health policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and director of the graduate programme in Health Policy, Planning and Financing. Franco obtained his doctorate in health economics from the University of London. The overarching theme of his research and publications has been the evaluation of health interventions. He held an adjunct professor position at the Université de Montréal, as well as visiting positions at a number of universities in the United States, including University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, University of California at San Francisco, and Duke University, and at the Catholic University of Rome. He was awarded a 2000-01 Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy by the Commonwealth Fund.



Emmert-Fees KMF, Capacci S, Sassi F, et al., 2022, Estimating the impact of nutrition and physical activity policies with quasi-experimental methods and simulation modelling: an integrative review of methods, challenges and synergies, European Journal of Public Health, Vol:32, ISSN:1101-1262, Pages:84-91

Pineda E, Poelman MP, Aaspollu A, et al., 2022, Policy implementation and priorities to create healthy food environments using the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI): A pooled level analysis across eleven European countries, Lancet Regional Health-europe, Vol:23, ISSN:2666-7762

Paalanen L, Levalahti E, Maki P, et al., 2022, Association of socioeconomic position and childhood obesity in Finland: a registry-based study, Bmj Open, Vol:12, ISSN:2044-6055

Graff H, Webber L, Huerta C, et al., 2022, The impact of ill-health on social mobility: a qualitative study, Ssm - Qualitative Research in Health, Vol:2, ISSN:2667-3215, Pages:100101-100101

Handakas E, Chang K, Khandpur N, et al., 2022, Metabolic profiles of ultra-processed food consumption and their role in obesity risk in British children, Clinical Nutrition, Vol:41, ISSN:0261-5614, Pages:2537-2548

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