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Maite Irurzun Lopez

Dr. Maite Irurzun Lopez


Position: Senior Research Fellow

Department: Health Services Research Centre

University/Institute/Company: Victoria University of Wellington


Health and Development Economist – Research and Evaluation, with 20 years of international experience in health policies, particularly in low and middle-income countries. Currently conducting research on: enhancing Primary Health Care services to improve health and reduce health inequities in Aotearoa New Zealand; value for money analysis of the Healthy Families NZ initiative; a human rights approach to addressing childhood obesity, diabetes, oral diseases and marketing of unhealthy food; an the economic impact of COVID-19 on people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Previously, I have worked for various agencies of the United Nations (UNECA, CHGA, WHO, UNFPA), international NGOs and Universities across countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Disciplines: Economics, Medicine, Social Science

  • Economics: Behavioural Economics, Feminist Economics, Health Economics, International Economics, Public Economics, Public Finance, Welfare Economics
  • Medicine: General Practice, Infectious Diseases, Primary Care, Public Health
  • Social Science: Qualitative Social Research, Social Policy

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