Mara Airoldi is Director of the Government Outcomes Lab at the Blavatnik School of Government.
She is an Economist and a Decision Analyst by background with degrees from Bocconi University in Milan and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mara Airoldi's research is motivated by a desire to improve decision-making in government, with a special interest and extensive expertise in the field of healthcare. Mara Airoldi is one of the lead developers of the STAR toolkit, a socio-technical approach sponsored by the Health Foundation to improve resource allocation in healthcare organisations.
Mara Airoldi has worked extensively with managers of the English and the Italian National Health Systems. She has also consulted for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario (Canada), the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence and the (then) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in England, NATO and the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Articles in refereed journals
- M Airoldi, A Morton, JA Smith, G Bevan (2014) STAR--people-powered prioritization: a 21st-century solution to allocation headaches. Medical Decision Making 34(8):965-75.
- M Airoldi (2013). Disinvestments in practice: overcoming resistance to change through a socio-technical approach with local stakeholders. Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law. 38 (6), 1151-1173.
- D Read, S Frederick, M Airoldi (2012) "Four days later in Cincinnati: Longitudinal tests of intertemporal preference reversals due to hyperbolic discounting", Acta Psychologica. 140(2):177-185.
- H Dodhia, K Phillips, M-I Zannou, M Airoldi, G Bevan (2012) "Modelling the impact on avoidable cardiovascular disease burden and costs of interventions to lower SBP in the England population", Journal of Hypertension, 30(1): 217-226.
- M Airoldi and A Morton (2009) "Adjusting life for health or disability: stylistic difference or substantial issue?" Health Economics, 18(11): 1237-1247.
- A Morton, M Airoldi, L Phillips (2009) "Nuclear Risk Management on Stage: The UK's Committee on Radioactive Waste Management", Risk Analysis, 29(5): 764-779.
- M Airoldi, G Bevan, A Morton, M Oliveira, J Smith (2008) "Requisite models for strategic commissioning: the example of type 1 diabetes", Health Care Management Science, 11: 89-110.
- M Airoldi (2013) “Stabilire le priorità d’intervento in sanità: dalla teoria alla pratica. L’esperienza inglese del SyMPOSE in Nuti S et al. Un metodo per individuare le priorità in sanità: l’esperienza pilota sul percorso dello scompenso cardiaco, Il Mulino: Bologna
- M Airoldi and A Morton (2011) “Portfolio Decision Analysis for Population Health”, in Salo, A. and Keisler, J. and Morton, Alec, (eds.) Portfolio decision analysis: improved methods for resource allocation. Springer, Berlin.
- D Read, M Airoldi (2005) "Utility Theory" in BS Everitt and DC Howell (Eds) Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, vol. 4: 2098-2101.
Invited articles in practitioners’ journals
- J Smith M Airoldi (2008) "Measure the mix of interventions", Health Service Journal, 28 August 2008, p19
- British Thoracic Society and Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (2012). IMPRESS guide to the relative value of interventions for people with COPD. British Thoracic Society Reports, Vol 4(2).
- S Leatherman, K Sutherland, M Airoldi (2008) "Bridging the quality gap", Health Foundation.
- G Bevan, A Morton, M Airoldi, M Oliveira, J Smith (2007). "Estimating health and productivity gains in England from selected interventions", The Health Foundation.
- L Phillips, M Egan, M Airoldi (2006). CoWRM MCDA Decision Conference 28-30 March 2006, Catalyze Ltd
- Refereed Papers in Conference Proceedings
- M Airoldi (2007) "Gains in QALYs vs. DALYs averted. The troubling implications of using residual life expectancy", Health Economists’ Study Group – Summer 2007, Brunel University
- A Morton and M Airoldi (2010) Incorporating health inequalities considerations in PCT priority setting LSEOR working paper, LSE Department of Management. Invited paper for the Department of Health & LSE Health Inequalities Forum
- M Airoldi, A Morton, J Smith and G Bevan (2010) Healthcare prioritization at the local level. A socio-technical approach. Priority Setting for Population Health WP series, LSE Department of Management.
- M Oliveira, G Bevan, M Airoldi et al (2010) Estimating the impacts on health gains and costs from improving diagnosis and treatment of heart failure. Priority Setting for Population Health WP series, LSE Department of Management.
- M Airoldi, G Bevan, A Morton et al (2010) Estimating the health gains and cost impact of selected interventions to reduce stroke mortality and morbidity in England. Priority Setting for Population Health WP series, LSE Department of Management.
- A Morton, G Bevan, M Airoldi et al (2010) Estimating the health gains and cost impact of treatment for depression. Priority Setting for Population Health WP series, LSE Department of Management.
- M Oliveira, G Bevan, M Airoldi et al (2010) Estimating health gains from improving prescribing statins to lower the burden of CHD. Priority Setting for Population Health WP series, LSE Department of Management.
- M Airoldi, G Bevan and A Morton et al (2010) Estimating health and productivity gains from intensive glucose control in T1 diabetes in England. Priority Setting for Population Health WP series, LSE Department of Management.
- A Morton, G Bevan, M Airoldi et al (2010) Assessing the productivity gains from suicide prevention. Priority Setting for Population Health WP series, LSE Department of Management.
- M Airoldi, S Frederick and D Read (2008) Longitudinal Tests for Inconsistent Planning Due to Hyperbolic Discounting, WP37, Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1287233
- Airoldi M, Engaging local stakeholders: more help on the way with the Star tool, The Health Foundation blog, 14th May 2013.