Professor Brenda Gannon

Director of Research

School of Economics
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Affiliate Professor

Centre for the Business and Economics of Health
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 63483


Professor Brenda Gannon is a Professor and Director of Research in the School of Economics and Affiliate Professor in the Centre for the Business and Economics of Health, The University of Queensland.

Professor Gannon is an international expert in the field of health and ageing economics and health econometrics and has won over $26 million, as chief investigator, in collaborative research income with economics, medicine and social science with academia and industry. Her research carries a dual role, (1) as an applied health economist and econometrician using big and complex data, utilising health economics theory and concepts to test the validity of causal hypotheses, (2) collaborator across all Faculties leading critical economic evaluations.

Her research is funded by her position as chief investigator on projects from the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, EU H2020, Health Research Board, Ireland, Queensland Genomics Health Alliance and National Institute for Health Research, UK. She is the lead economist on projects in dementia, emergency care and paediatric care. All studies incorporate methodological innovations and applied research.

Previously Professor Gannon was an associate professor at The University of Manchester and University of Leeds from 2011-2016. Prior to that she was a senior research officer and deputy director at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology/Department of Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway and researcher at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland, under the Health Research Ireland, Health Economics and Inequalities programme of research.

Professor is currently an Expert Evaluator for the EU Commission funding applications and NHMRC and NSW Cancer Research Panels, and recently a member of the UK National Institute for Health Research RfPB (Research for Patient Benefit) Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) Evaluation Sub Committee.

Professor Gannon is an elected member of the Academic Board at UQ and serves on the Research Committee.

Research Interests

  • Health Economics
  • Economics of Ageing and Longevity
  • Applied Econometrics


  • Doctor of Philosophy, N.U.I.


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