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Professor Stephen Peckham BSc (Hons), MA (Econ), HMFPH

Director & Professor of Health Policy



I am Director of CHSS and Professor of Health Policy at CHSS and also in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

I am also currently Director of the Department of Health funded Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) a collaborative research unit with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Manchester. PRUComm is undertaking research on the development of Clinical Commissioning Groups, contracting, competition and the development of the new Public Health System in England. I am undertaking research on healthcare commissioning and patient and public involvement.

I was recently appointed Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto.

I have over 20 years of policy analysis and health services research experience. I have particular interests in the way services are organized and delivered and examining the development and implementation of health policy. I am also interested in the use of evidence in policy and public health and ethical implications of public health policies.

Much of my research has focused on the organization of primary care and its role in commissioning healthcare. I have substantial experience of undertaking qualitative and mixed methods research. I have been the principal investigator on large multi-centre programme grants and am involved in international projects examining models of primary care and primary care accountability.

I joined CHSS in July 2012 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where I had worked for seven years. Previously I held posts at Oxford Brookes University, the University of the West of England and the University of Southampton.  Before that I worked for several years in the voluntary sector and before going to University in 1982, I worked for nine years in local government.

I completed my BSc in Social Sciences at the University of Southampton in 1985 and a Masters in Public Policy Analysis at the University of Manchester in 1988.

I am a member of the Social Policy Association, the Canadian Association of Health Services Policy and Research and an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health.


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Peckham, S., Zhang, W., Eida, T., Hashem, F. and Kendall, S. (2023) 'Research engagement and research capacity building: a priority for healthcare organisations in the UK', Journal of Health Organization and Management. Emerald. doi: doi:10.1108/JHOM-12-2021-0436.
Oyugi, B., Nizalova, O., Kendall, S. and Peckham, S. (2023) 'Does a free maternity policy in Kenya work? Impact and cost–benefit consideration based on demographic health survey data', The European Journal of Health Economics. doi: 10.1007/s10198-023-01575-w.
Da Cunha Saddi, F., Peckham, S., Bloom, G., Turnbull, N., Schattan Coelho, V. and Denis, J.-L. (2023) 'Employing the policy capacity framework for health system strengthening', Policy and Society. Oxford University Press, pp. 1-13. doi: 10.1093/polsoc/puac031.
Roy, B., Da Cunha Saddi, F., Peckham, S. and Pereira Barretos, M. (2023) 'Critical policy capacity factors in the implementation of the community health worker program in India', Policy and Society. Oxford University Press, pp. 90-103. doi: 10.1093/polsoc/puac032.
Oyugi, B., Kendall, S., Peckham, S. and Barasa, E. (2023) 'Out of pocket payments during childbirth in Kenya under the free maternity services: Perspectives of mothers, healthcare workers and county officials', Wellcome Open Research. Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.18577.1.
Vowles, Z., Bash-Taqi, R., Kamara, A., Kuteh, M., Silverio, S. A., Turay, I. and Peckham, S. (2023) 'The effect of becoming a Fistula Advocate on the recovery of women with Obstetric Fistula in Sierra Leone: A qualitative study', PLOS Global Public Health. Public Library of Science. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0000765.
Mills, A. and Peckham, S. (2022) 'Lead exposure from general aviation emissions in the UK: a review and call for action', Public Health Challenges. Wiley. doi: 10.1002/puh2.27.
Hashem, F., Marchand, C., Peckham, S. and Peckham, A. (2022) 'What are the impacts of setting up new medical schools? A narrative review', BMC Medical Education. BioMed Central. doi: 10.1186/s12909-022-03835-4.
Lacey, A. J., Young, F. L., Peckham, S. and Dacre, J. (2022) 'Expert Panel: an innovative approach to evaluating government policy commitments in health and social care', BMJ Innovations. BMJ Publishing Group, pp. 296-300. doi: 10.1136/bmjinnov-2021-000913.
Burau, V., Falkenbach, M., Neri, S., Peckham, S., Wallenburg, I. and Kuhlmann, E. (2022) 'Health system resilience and health workforce capacities: Comparing health system responses during the COVID-19 pandemic in six European countries', International Journal of Health Planning and Management. doi: 10.1002/hpm.3446.
Peckham, S. (2022) 'Assessing air quality impacts in planning decisions in England: should we focus more on health?', Town Planning Review, pp. 61-82. doi: https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2021.6.
Peckham, S., Jane Dacre, D., Appleby, J., Charlesworth, A. and Francis, R. (2022) 'Enhancing the Scrutiny Role of Select Committees: The House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee's New Independent Expert Panel', Parliamentary Affairs. Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: doi:10.1093/pa/gsac025.
Tudor Car, L., Teng, Y. S., How, J. W., Nazri, N. N. B. M., Tan, A. L. X., Quah, J., Peckham, S. and Smith, H. (2021) 'Priorities for family physician and general practitioner recruitment and retention in Singapore: a PRIORITIZE study', BMC Family Practice. doi: 10.1186/s12875-021-01570-1.
Resende, T. C., de Souza, W. J., Peckham, S., Emmendoerfer, M. L. and Ferreira, M. A. M. (2021) 'Pay-for-performance programme in primary health care: analyzing performance and social participation in the Rio Grande do Norte State', Revista de Administração da UFSM, pp. 769-788. doi: 10.5902/1983465963903.
Peckham, S., Hudson, B., Hunter, D. and Redgate, S. (2021) 'Policy success: What is the role of implementation support programmes?', Social Policy & Administration. doi: 10.1111/spol.12771.
Oyugi, B., Kendall, S. and Peckham, S. (2021) 'Effects of free maternal policies on quality and cost of care and outcomes: an integrative review', Primary Health Care Research & Development. doi: 10.1017/S1463423621000529.
Hashem, F., Jaswal, S. K., Marchand, C., Forbes, L. J., Srinivasan, N., Bates, A. and Peckham, S. (2021) 'Incorporating the interaction between health and work into the undergraduate medical curriculum – a qualitative evaluation of a teaching pilot in English medical schools', Education for Primary Care. doi: 10.1080/14739879.2021.1914182.
da Cunha Saddi, F., Forbes, L. J. and Peckham, S. (2021) 'Guest Editorial: Policy challenges and innovative analyses of payment for performance in health care', Journal of Health Organization and Management, pp. 245-248. doi: 10.1108/JHOM-05-2021-476.
Abrams, D., Lalot, F., Hopthrow, T., Templeton, A., Steeden, B., Ozkececi, H., Imada, H., Warbis, S., Sandiford, D., Meleady, R. and others. (2021) 'Cleaning up our acts: Psychological interventions to reduce engine idling and improve air quality', Journal of Environmental Psychology. Elsevier Science. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101587.
Mills, A. and Peckham, S. (2021) 'Annual NO\(_2\) as a Predictor of Hourly NO\(_2\) Variability: Do Defra UK's Heuristics Make Sense?', Atmosphere, p. 385. doi: 10.3390/atmos12030385.
Mills, A. and Peckham, S. (2021) 'Annual NO2 as a Predictor of Hourly NO2 Variability: Do Defra UK's Heuristics Make Sense?', Atmosphere. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12030385.
da Cunha Saddi, F., Harris, M., Parreira, F. R., Pêgo, R. A., Coelho, G. A., Lozano, R. B., dos Santos Mundim, P. and Peckham, S. (2021) 'Exploring front liners' knowledge, participation and evaluation in the implementation of a pay for performance program (PMAQ) in primary health care in Brazil', Journal of Health Organization and Management. doi: 10.1108/JHOM-04-2020-0154.
Research reports (external)
Peckham, S. (2023) Evaluation of Government Commitments made on the digitisation of the NHS. UK Parliament. Available at: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5803/cmselect/cmhealth/112/report.html#heading-2.
Peckham, S. (2022) Expert Panel: evaluation of Government's commitments in the area of the health and social care workforce in England. House of Commons. Available at: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/6656/expert-panel-evaluation-of-governments-commitments-in-the-area-of-the-health-and-social-care-workforce-in-england/.
Peckham, S. (2022) Expert Panel: evaluation of the Government's commitments in the area of cancer services in England. House of Commons. Available at: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1377/cancer-services/publications/.
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