Professor Cam Donaldson

Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Yunus Chair in Social Business and HealthCam Donaldson Profile

Professor Cam Donaldson has been Pro Vice-Chancellor since September 2016 and manages the University’s portfolio for research and innovation. He is an active researcher and holds the Yunus Chair in Social Business & Health, based in the Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health; of which he was founding Director in 2010.

Cam is a renowned health economist who has been a professor at Aberdeen University, followed by the Svare Chair in Health Economics at the University of Calgary and the Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics at Newcastle University. Earlier in his career, he also worked at the Universities of York and Sydney. Cam has won over £25m in research funding and is known for his methodological and practical research on economic evaluation and health care priority setting. He has published over 250 refereed journal articles in economics, medical, health policy and health management journals and (co-) authored/edited several books on health economics and public service delivery.

In his current Pro Vice-Chancellor role, Cam has actively promoted the Sustainable Development Goals as the framework for the University’s research and, within this framework: developed a new research centres approval and renewal process to promote inter-disciplinary research; focused on enhancing recruitment and the environment for postgraduate research students; and developed an Early Career Researchers Group in line with the University’s HR Excellence in Research Award which serves as an acknowledgment of the University’s alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

Cam has received several personal, competitive awards reflecting his distinction in research:

  1. Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics (2002-17; won in a UK-wide competition and held by Cam until 2010).
  2. Inaugural National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator (2008-2012).
  3. Public Services Fellow in the Advanced Institute for Management Research (2004-5), funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.
  4. Canadian Institutes for Health Research Senior Investigator (2000-2002).
  5. Senior Scholar (1998-2003), funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.