Lucy Gilson is Professor of Health Policy and Systems at both the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cape Town. She holds a BA degree from Oxford University, an MA from East Anglia University and a PhD from London University. She has worked in Southern and Eastern Africa (Tanzania) and in South-east Asia in partnership with researchers. She is an Honorary Professor of the University of Witwatersrand, a member of the Scientific and Advisory Committee of the WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, and a steering committee member of EQUINET (the Regional Network for Health Policy and Systems Research). She is also a Health Policy section editor for the journal Health Policy and Planning, is an Advisory Editor (in Health Policy) for Social Science and Medicine and serves on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal for Equity in Health.
Her areas of expertise include the generation of knowledge on the improvement in the equity and efficiency of health systems as well as governance and decision-making within health systems. She has offered policy advice based on research expertise and synthesis of knowledge to governments and non governmental organisations. She has managed large health systems research projects funded by the European Union, DFID and the Wellcome Trust involving proposal development, project management and maintaining partnerships.
She teaches on the Masters in Public Health courses in South Africa and London and convenes the University of Cape Town’s Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management that targets South African senior public health managers. She is involved in the supervision of PhD students to completion and provides mentoring and support to young researchers, as well as South African government officials. She has published articles relating to health policy and health systems in a wide range of Journals.