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Leading health economist takes PVC Research position

24 March 2017
Professor Cam Donaldson

One of the world’s leading health economists has been appointed Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). 

Professor Cam Donaldson joined the University in 2010 from the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University.

More than two years before social entrepreneur and microcredit pioneer Professor Muhammad Yunus was installed as Chancellor, the links between social business and health were being cultivated by GCU. The University appointed Professor Cam Donaldson to lead its new Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health in 2010. He remains Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health.

Professor Donaldson is leading the development and implementation of GCU’s Research Strategy 2020. Scotland’s top modern University by research power, the University is also ranked in the top 20 in the UK for allied health research and built environment impact at world-leading and internationally excellent standards.

Professor Donaldson has been successful in bringing a significant team of researchers together to further develop GCU’s reputation for allied health research, health economics and to evaluate the impact of social business creation on the lives and health of disadvantaged communities in Glasgow and beyond.

His team secured nearly £2 million from the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council to study the impact of social enterprise on the health and wellbeing of people and communities throughout Scotland, and a grant from the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) to study microcredit operating in a similar role of impacting on health and wellbeing.

Most recently, with further  funding from the CSO of £244,000, the research team will develop, implement and test a priority setting framework for the new 31 local Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) that have been set up across Scotland to manage almost £8 billion of health and social care resources.

Professor Donaldson said: “I am delighted to be building on GCU’s research strengths. Research lies at the heart of a university’s life and its contribution to society. It informs and underpins our teaching thereby helping to produce skilled, intellectually adept and employable graduates.

“The transfer of the knowledge we produce through research aids economic growth and wealth creation, develops innovative technologies and practice-based interventions, contributes to better public policy, social and cultural understanding and the advancement of social justice.  GCU has a unique mission as the University for the Common Good, and our research priorities reflect the ethos of the University to work towards solving real societal challenges, both close to home and further afield.”