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International Health Policy Conference

London, England
February 16, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Host Organization:
LSE Health & Social Care and the LSE’s Department of Social Policy


LSE Health & Social Care and the LSE’s Department of Social Policy announces a call for papers for the inaugural International Health Policy Conference, to be held at the LSE from 16th -19th February 2017. This unique conference seeks to bring together academics and policy-makers from a wide range of disciplines to take a multi-disciplinary approach to key health and social care issues. 

Call for papers

Papers are invited for submission to any of the five themes outlined below. It is envisaged that a range of disciplines will be represented within these themes, including, but not limited to, health economics, political science, law, demography, epidemiology, sociology, and psychology.

Conference Themes

Theme 1: International health systems: Health systems financing; international health reforms; global health and sustainable development; performance measurement; and health inequalities.

Theme 2: Social care and mental health: Economic aspects of community care; residential and nursing home provision; long-term care finance; and mental health policy.

Theme 3: Regulation and assessment of health technologies: Assessment of pharmaceuticals and medical devices; sustainability of health care financing; economic access to health technologies; and pharmaceutical policy.

Theme 4: Behaviour: Understanding and changing behaviour at the individual and population level; role of behavioural insights in public policy making.

Theme 5: Population Studies: Aging; life course, socio-economic and intergenerational influences on individual and population health.

Papers on topics that fall outside of these specified themes will also be considered for presentation at the conference.

Paper submission

Abstracts should be submitted by email to Please include details of your full name, organisational affiliation and email address. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to give an oral or poster presentation at the conference. Authors are welcome to make more than one submission, but only one paper per first-named author will be accepted for oral presentation. The best papers, including the best PhD paper (see below), will be invited to submit for consideration in a special issue of the journal, Health Economics, Policy and Law.


We encourage applicants to submit proposals for one-hour interdisciplinary symposia in any of the five themes of the Conference.

Priority will be given to symposia applications that bring together an interdisciplinary group of papers that discuss unique approaches or perspectives to a given topic.

Symposium proposals should present a general summary of the proposed symposium, including a brief description of how each presenter will offer a unique perspective to the proposed topic (maximum 250 words). In addition, please include an individual abstract for each of the four presenters, as specified in the call for papers.

Symposia format:

  • Maximum of 4 presenters per session.
  • Approximately 10 minutes per presentation.
  • 20 minutes for discussion and Q&A.
  • Symposia presenters should interact and coordinate their session before the Conference.

PhD Students

PhD candidates are actively encouraged to attend the conference with a reduced registration fee offered. Up to ten slots will be reserved for oral presentations of papers submitted by PhD students. The registration fee will be waived for those PhD students who are invited to give an oral presentation. A prize will be awarded for the best PhD submission, with the winning paper published in a special issue of Health, Economics, Policy and Law.

Key dates

October 1, 2016
Deadline for submission of abstracts

October 31, 2016
Notification of acceptance of successful papers

November 30, 2016
Deadline for early-bird registration

January 15, 2017
Submission of completed papers

February 16-19, 2017
International Health Policy Conference at LSE



Registration fees for attendance at the full conference are as follows:

Private sector attendees:   £250
Public sector attendees:    £200
PhD students:                    

Registration and payment is via the LSE e-shop. The deadline for early-bird registration is November 30, 2016. Registrations made after this date will incur an additional fee of 25% for late registration.

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The conference will take place at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE.


The full agenda will be confirmed nearer to the time, but as a guide, the conference will open at 5pm on Thursday 16 February 2017 with a plenary session followed by a drinks reception. Sessions will then run from lunchtime on Friday 17 February until lunchtime on Sunday 19 February, with a dinner reception following the final session on Saturday 18 February.  Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided on all days.

Contact us

For queries regarding paper submission or registration or for further information please visit our conference webpage or email

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