Apostolos Davillas


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Academic Background

Research Interests:

Health Economics

Economics of Human Capital

Applied (Health-) Econometrics

Applied Microeconomics

Behavioral Economics

Economics of Risky Health Behaviors

Public Economics

Dr Apostolos Davillas is an Associate Professor (effective from August 2022). Apostolos has published papers in the Journal of Health Economics (3 papers), Health Economics (6 papers), Energy Economics, Economics LettersSocial Science & Medicine, Economics & Human Biology (5 papers), and in high impact interdisciplinary journals. 

Dr Davillas has taught (various) modules at the University of Essex, the University of Duisburg-Essen (and the University of East Anglia).

Dr Davillas has been awarded the "Distinguished Author Award" by Health Economics (Wiley) in 2022. 

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Apostolos Davillas research covers a wide range of topics relevant to the social and economic determinants of health, health care demand, utilisation of health services and health care costs, the economics of obesity, the economics of disability, the economics of prevention, the economics of risky behaviours and socioeconomic inequalities in health and healthcare. Apostolos is also interested in the survey measurement of health and the implications of measurement error for the existing (health) economics research.

Further information on his research can be found on his personal:



Dr. Apostolos Davillas is an Associate Professor (effective from August 2022). Apostolos joined UEA as a Lecturer in Health Economics in February 2020. Before this, he worked as a tenured Research Fellow (and, previously, as a postdoctoral researcher) at the Institute for Social & Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex (2013-2019).

He leads the Health Economics Theme within the School. Apostolos is also the Course Director for the MSc in Health Economics programs.  

Currently, Apostolos is the Principal Investigator for a large scale ESRC grant on the survey measurement of health. This is scheduled to begin in June 2021. 

Overall, Apostolos has been awarded research funding that exceeds £1.5 million as a Principal Investigator, Co-investigator (or Fellow). 

His research has been used to inform health policy, acknowledged in a number of policy reports by the Congressional Budget Office, Public Health England and the Mental Health Research Advisory Group, Scottish Government. 

Apostolos research is also frequently featured in national and international media outlets, which among others include: the VoxEU, the Guardian, Politico, Newsweek, inews and Daily Mail. 

Apostolos obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Patras, Greece in March 2014. He also holds an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York, U.K., a BA (Hons) in Economics and a BA (Hons) in Business Administration from the University of Patras, Greece. 

External Activities

Associate Editor - Oxford Open Economics

Academic Editor - PLOS Global Public Health 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Fellow, Global Labor Organization (GLO) & RWI- Research Network 

Research Affiliate, HEDG, University of York and IZA 

Research Associate, ISER, University of Essex

Apostolos is a Program Chair for the iHEA 2019 Congress at Basel and the iHEA 2021 Congress at Cape Town. He is also an assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC). 

His research has been featured at the voxeu, the Guardian, Politico, Newsweek, and the Society Now magazine (ESRC), among others. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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