I'm a British physician and global health consultant trained at Bristol University, Harvard School of Public Health, and MIT. I work in global health policy and have experience with the Harvard Health Systems Cluster, Public Health England, Oxford University, and the World Health Organisation where I'm currently a consultant with the Global Coordination Mechanism for Non-Communicable Diseases.
As an Oxford Academic Clinical Fellow I'm training as a GP alongside my global policy work.
GP Academic Clinical Fellow
I'm a part-time GP trainee based in Oxford. As a Clinical Academic Fellow I work with Prof Trish Greenhalgh at the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. I'm also an editorial board member at the British Journal of General Practice.
Working broadly in the area of the political economy of health, I specialise in health systems and non-communicable diseases, especially pertaining to primary care.
Oxford Research Associate
I continue to support the work of the BHF Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention at Oxford University. My global health research focuses on poverty, non-communicable diseases, and international health policy.
Allen L, Atun R, Moore M, Kaboolian K. The Local Political Health Economy. Harvard Case Study. 2015.
Allen L. Improving coordination of chronic disease management through bundled payment in the Netherlands. WHO Europe 2015.
Allen L. The New Health Economy: Lessons from the Green Economy. Graduate Institute//Rabin Martin working paper. 2015.
Allen L. Personalised Health Technologies and health disparities. Institute of Medicine (USA)/Vitality Group working paper. 2014.
Bosch S, Wickramasinghe K, Allen L. Policy Prioritisation Tool. WHO. 2015.
Contribution to book chapter in Rayner M, Wickramasinghe K, Williams J, Mendis S, McColl K, editors. An Introduction to Population-Level Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases. Oxford University Press; 2017.
Allen LN, Pullar J, Wickramasinghe K, Williams J, Foster C, Roberts N, Mikkelsen B, Varghese C, Townsend N. Are WHO “best buys” for non-communicable diseases effective in low-income and lower-middle-income countries? A systematic review. Lancet Global Health. April 2017. (conference abstract)
Allen L, Williams J, Townsend N, Mikkelsen B, Roberts N, Foster C, Wickramasinghe K. Socioeconomic status and non-communicable disease behavioural risk factors in low-income and lower-middle-income countries: a systematic review. Lancet Global Health. February 2017.
Allen L, Williams J, Townsend N, Mikkelsen B, Roberts N, Foster C, Wickramasinghe K. Poverty and risk factors for non-communicable diseases in developing countries: a systematic review. The Lancet. 2016 Nov 30;388:S17. (conference abstract)
Pullar J, Allen L, Townsend N, Williams J, Foster C, Roberts N, Mikkelsen B, Wickramasinghe K. Poverty and development interventions that address behavioural risk factors of non-communicable diseases in low and lower middle income countries: a systematic review. The Lancet. 2016 Nov 30;388:S97. (conference abstract)
Allen L, Rayner M, Briggs A. Health-related food taxes: An implementation manual. WHO.
Williams J, Allen L, Townsend N, Mikkelsen B, Roberts N, Wickramasinghe KA. Systematic review of non-communicable diseases and socioeconomic status within low- and lower-middle-income countries. Journal of Global Health.
Allen L. You're not speaking my language: re-framing NCDs for politicians and policymakers. The Lancet
Allen L. Fox N, Ambrose A. Non-communicable disease research output from developing countries. BMJ Open
Allen L, Wickramasinghe K, Pullar J et al. Are the WHO best buys effective in developing countries? BMJ GH
Allen L, Williams J, Townsend N, Mikkelsen B, Roberts N, Wickramasinghe K. Socioeconomic status and alcohol consumption in low-income and lower-middle-income countries: a systematic review. Alcohol.
Allen L. Elvidge C. Using satellite night-light imagery to triangulate human life expectancy. WHO Bull.
Political guide to eliminating trans fats from the human food supply.
Experience and Education
I studied medicine MBChB at Bristol with an intercalated honorary bachelors degree in International Health BSc (Hons).
Whilst working as a junior doctor in Cornwall I completed my postgraduate certificate in clinical education PGCE Clin Edu at Plymouth University.
In 2015 I completed my Masters in Public Health MPH at Harvard, specializing in Global Health with a concentration in Public Health Leadership. Over the year I also studied at the Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government, Oxford University, and MIT.
WHO European Regional Office Copenhagen
Consultant : June 2015, and June 2016 - present
WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on Non-Communicable Diseases Geneva
Consultant : April - June 2016, and February - present
Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford Oxford
Academic researcher : July 2015 – present
Geneva Graduate Institute and Rabin Martin Consultancy Geneva
Researcher : Jan 2015
Harvard Health Systems Cluster Boston
Research associate : 2014 - 2015
Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network Boston
Practicum Fellow - Program lead for global NCD advocacy network : 2014 - 2015
Eating Disorders Coalition Washington DC
Lobbyist (STRIPED Scholar) : Oct 2014