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Early Career Researchers

Early career researchers (ECRs) in Health Economics work in a diverse range of institutional contexts and often have very different cultural backgrounds. However, ECRs around the world face somewhat similar challenges when it comes to developing their research and administration skills, establishing collaborations and academic networks, teaching and competing for grants. The early stages of a research career are an exciting time during which years of study and training are being put to use, but focusing on the aforementioned tasks simultaneously can be challenging for ECRs. 

What is the Early Career Researcher Special Interest Group?

The ECR Special Interest Group (SIG) is a platform for ECRs in health economics, enabling them to draw on the knowledge and experience of their peers from around the globe and providing access to information, advice and support from more experienced health economists through activities organized by the SIG. We hope that the ECR SIG will also help young researchers to make international connections with others who are focusing on similar topics.

Currently, 30% of iHEA’s members have registered within the student and ECR category. Although the biennial congress provides an important opportunity for connections to be made amongst junior and senior health economists, the ECR SIG will organize activities that specifically target and address the core needs of this critical sub-population of the association, either during the biennial congress or in the off years.

ECR SIG Objectives

Our overall purpose is to promote and foster a global network of ECRs in health economics where members exchange ideas, support and advice, with mentoring support from leading experts in the field.

To achieve this aim, we will:

  1. Identify opportunities for members of the SIG to exchange ideas and give support;
  2. Facilitate communication between ECR SIG members and established senior researchers in the field, or with senior health economists who are active in government institutions or international organizations; and
  3. Enhance the profile of health economics in various research fields and topics related to policy to increase the demand for ECRs in health economics.

ECR SIG Conveners

The following conveners help guide ECR SIG activities:

James Buchanan (UK):
Giulia Greco (Uganda/UK):
Angela Esi Micah (Ghana/US):
hildur Ólafsdóttir (Iceland):
Tiara Marthias (Australia): 

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The International Health Economics Association was formed to increase communication among health economists, foster a higher standard of debate in the application of economics to health and health care systems, and assist young researchers at the start of their careers.

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