Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


Gabriella Conti

Academic position: Professor of Economics

Department: Economics

Email: gabriella.conti@ucl.ac.uk

Website: Gabriella Conti


Gabriella's areas of interest are health economics, the economics of human development, and biology and economics. Her research draws on both the biomedical and the social sciences with the aim of understanding the developmental origins of health inequalities, the role of child development as input in the production of lifecycle health and the behavioural and biological pathways through which early life shocks, investments and policies affect well-being throughout the lifecourse.

Gabriella has published in top journals in different disciplines, such as Science, PNAS, Pediatrics, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Econometrics and Lancet. Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and discussed in the British Parliament.

Gabriella has been awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Economics, which “recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising”; and the Nick Hales Award from the DOHaD society, for a “young and emerging investigator who has made an outstanding scientific contribution to the DOHaD field”. She is also the PI of a 5-year ERC Consolidator Award from the European Research Council and ranks among the top 3% Female Economists for the last 10 years publications.

Research Projects:

Gabriella's research on the lifelong health impacts of early life preventive interventions in the pre-conception/pre-natal and post-natal period aimed at improving parental and child well-being. Her broad research can fall under what economists refer to as the 'production of health'.


Gabriella teaches two modules of Economic Policy Analysis (3rd year UG elective course), one on models of health production and another on the health effects of early interventions.