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Dr Nana Anokye

Dr Nana Anokye
Divisional Lead / Reader - Health Economics


Nana is the Director of Division of Global Public Health at the Department of Health Sciences within the College of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

Nana's work on Economics of Physical Activity has been used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to formulate three national public health guidelines on exercise referral schemes, and brief advice for adults in primary care.

He has quantified how time and money prices influence behaviour change.

Having won the Walduck Prize for Research Impact, Nana’s work further secured prestigious UK Department of Health funding to conduct the first ever English general population survey on the economics of physical activity.

His interests in public health are wide-ranging. How primary care can improve health outcomes; whether financial incentives improve maternal and child health; and what the link between shopping vouchers and breastfeeding may be, are some of the public health questions Nana is keen to answer.

As an ardent gym goer himself, his quest for knowledge led him to investigate whether physical activity was any more independent from sedentary behaviour.

Nana is Chair of ISPAH LMIC Council and a member of the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) College of Experts. As Institute of Leadership and Management certified coach and mentor and a former broadcast journalist, Nana is passionate about communicating research and supporting research careers through podcasts – the Research Life, which he co-founded with colleagues.

Nana has a PhD in Health Economics (Brunel), an MSc in Environmental Resources Management from Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany) and, a BA in Economics and Sociology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana).

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Director, Division of Global Public Health

Course Director, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion

Coordinator, Brunel Global Public Health Academy

Newest selected publications

Mohapatra, S., Cheung, KL., Hiligsmann, M. and Anokye, N. (2021) 'Most Important Factors for Deciding Rehabilitation Provision for Severe Stroke Survivors Post Hospital Discharge: A Study Protocol for a Best–Worst Scaling Experiment'. Methods and Protocols, 4 (2). pp. 1 - 9. ISSN: 2409-9279 Open Access Link

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Ranasinghe, P., Pokhrel, S. and Anokye, N. (2021) 'The economics of physical activity in low and middle income countries: systematic review'. BMJ Open, 11 (1). pp. 1 - 40. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Link

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Taylor, A., Taylor, RS., Ingram, W., Dean, SG., Jolly, K., Mutrie, N., et al. (2020) 'Randomised controlled trial of an augmented exercise referral scheme using web-based behavioural support for inactive adults with chronic health conditions: The e-coachER trial'. British Journal of Sports Medicine, in press (8). pp. 1 - 8. ISSN: 0306-3674 Open Access Link

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Taylor, AH., Taylor, RS., Ingram, WM., Anokye, N., Dean, S., Jolly, K., et al. (2020) 'Adding web-based behavioural support to exercise referral schemes for inactive adults with chronic health conditions: the e-coachER RCT'. Health technology assessment (Winchester, England), 24 (63). pp. 1 - 106. ISSN: 1366-5278 Open Access Link

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Ryan, JM., McKay, E., Anokye, N., Noorkoiv, M., Theis, N. and Lavelle, G. (2020) 'Comparison of the CHU-9D and the EQ-5D-Y instruments in children and young people with cerebral palsy: A cross-sectional study'. BMJ Open, 10 (9). pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Link

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