Apostolos Davillas

Apostolos Davillas

Senior Economist

Apostolos researches and publishes in the area of applied health econometrics focused on informing and evaluating public health and social care policymaking. He is particularly interested in the economics of obesity, socio-economic inequalities in health across the life course, disability, healthcare demand and costs. His main research agenda aims to identify the sections of the population where healthcare costs are high and rising, establishing priorities for resource planning and preventative policy. Apostolos is also interested in the survey measurement of health, and particularly the use of blood-based and nurse-administered biomarkers as health indicators for social science research and health policy making.

His research has been published in the top health economics journals, such as the Journal of Health Economics (2 papers), Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, Economics & Human Biology (2 papers), as well as in high impact interdisciplinary journals (PLOS ONE and Scientific Reports). 

His work on the economics of obesity has been used by the Congressional Budget Office, Washington, D.C. to evaluate the effect of federal policies targeting obesity. He is also invited to sit on the Task & Finish Groups to be announced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity. Further, Apostolos's research has received global media coverage, including the Guardian, Politico and Newsweek.

Before joining OHE in 2019, Apostolos worked as a tenured Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex. He is also affiliated to the Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG), University of York. Recently, he has been appointed as one of the Program Chairs (Production of Health, Health Behaviours & Policy Interventions chair) for the iHEA Scientific Committee.

Apostolos holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Patras, Greece (March 2014). Prior to his PhD studies, he completed an MSc in Health Economics at the University of York, a BA (Hons) in Economics and a BA (Hons) in Business Administration at the University of Patras, Greece.