Robert G. Evans

Robert G. Evans

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Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Professor, Department of Economics, UBC
(604) 822-4969


Phd, Economics, Harvard University
B.A Political Economy, University of Toronto


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A founding member of the Centre, Dr. Evans is a lifelong leader in academia and an internationally esteemed health economist. His groundbreaking comparative studies of health care systems and funding strategies have shaped policy in Canada and provided insight to governments and health agencies worldwide. A decorated academic, Professor Evans is the recipient of Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement, as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He also served as a member of the British Columbia Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs in 1990, and of the National Forum on Health, chaired by the prime minister of Canada, from 1994 to 1997. His canonical works, "Strained Mercy: The Economics of Canadian Health Care" and "Why Are Some People Healthy and Others Not? The Determinants of Health of Populations" are considered classics in the field.

In addition to serving as an Officer of the Order of Canada, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Institute Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, where he was director of the Population Health Program from 1987 to 1997. He is also an honorary life member of the Canadian College of Health Services Executives and of the Canadian Health Economics Research Association, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (US). In 2001, he became the first Canadian (and the second non-American) to win the Baxter International Foundation Prize for Health Services Research.
As an University Killam Professor at UBC, Dr. Evans is a prolific author and an active professor, researcher and consultant with the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and the Department of Economics.

Affiliations and Awards

  • Officer, Order of Canada
  • University Killam Professor, UBC
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
  • Baxter International Foundation Prize for Health Services Research
  • Professor Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize, UBC
  • Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • National Health Research Scientist award, UBC
  • Health Services Research Advancement Award, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, 2002
  • Senior Investigator award, CIHR, 2001 to 2005