Dr Marcin Sowa

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Centre for the Business and Economics of Health
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Marcin Sowa received a PhD in health economics in 2014, and has subsequently held academic positions with the Australian National University, Griffith University, and the University of Queensland. Dr Sowa has led academic and commissioned research projects in the areas of health sector reform, hospital performance, private health insurance, risk equalisation, economics of chronic disease, models of care, and sugar tax policy. He has authored a scholarly book on the governance of hospitals and published original research papers in such discipline-leading journals as Health Policy, European Journal of Public Health, Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, Ageing and Society, Nutrients and the Journal of Palliative Care. He has been a lecturer and coordinator of post-graduate courses ‘Economic Evaluation and Health’ and ‘Health Economics and Policy’ in the UQ School of Economics, and a supervisor of honours, master’s and doctoral students. Dr Sowa is an appointed member of the Medical Services Advisory Committee - Evaluation Sub-committee (MSAC-ESC) advising the Australian Government on the issues of health technology assessment. In 2017 he received the Metro North Research Excellence Prize, awarded to the Kidney Supportive Care research team in the category ‘Health Services and Implementation Research’.

Research Interests

  • Health economics
  • Health policy
  • Healthcare analytics

Research Impacts

  • Advising the Australian Department of Health on the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical treatments, medical services and technologies
  • Economic consultancy report informing strategic investment decisions in the Ipswich Community Dental Clinic (West Moreton HHS)
  • Research on private health insurnace uptake incentives informed the Senate report on the value and affordability of private health insurance in Australia
  • Pilot implementation of Kidney Supportive Care, with research outcomes published in the Journal of Palliative Care and in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, instrumental for the state-wide adoption of this model of care by Queensland Health Renal Service


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor