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.



Alfredo Martinez J, Sassi F, Moreno LA, et al., 2021, Position guidelines and evidence base concerning determinants of childhood obesity with a European perspective, Obesity Reviews, ISSN:1467-7881

Charani E, Holmes A, Bonaconsa C, et al., 2021, Investigating infection management and antimicrobial stewardship in surgery: a qualitative study from India and South Africa, Clinical Microbiology and Infection, Vol:27, ISSN:1198-743X, Pages:1455-1464

Handakas E, Keski-Rahkonen P, Chatzi L, et al., 2021, Cord blood metabolic signatures predictive of childhood overweight and rapid growth, International Journal of Obesity, Vol:45, ISSN:0307-0565, Pages:2252-2260

Song P, Gupta A, Goon IY, et al., 2021, Data resource profile: Understanding the patterns and determinants of health in South Asians—the South Asia Biobank, International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol:50, ISSN:0300-5771, Pages:717-718e

Gressier M, Sassi F, Frost G, 2021, Contribution of reformulation, product renewal, and changes in consumer behavior to the reduction of salt intakes in the UK population between 2008/2009 and 2016/2017, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol:114, ISSN:0002-9165, Pages:1092-1099

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