Alison Pearce

Stream Lead, Health Economics
Daffodil Centre, a joint venture between the University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW
Senior Lecturer, health economics
Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Region: Asia-Pacific

Country of residence: Australia

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


I am a health economist and health services researcher interested in the various costs of cancer. My research aims to use health services research and health economics to improve cancer care by providing relevant, reliable information for decision making. Currently based at the Daffodil Centre, a joint venture between the University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW, as well as in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, I teach introductory health economics and conduct research in the areas of oncology patient preferences and productivity loss. My research extends the work I did on the economics of cancer as a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and as a postdoc at the National Cancer Registry in Ireland. I completed my PhD on the costs of chemotherapy side effects at UTS in 2013, before which I worked in cancer clinical trials and health services research. My original training was in occupational therapy, and I remain interested in rehabilitation research. I also have keen interests in early career researcher development, communicating research to the public, and the use of social media in academia. When I’m not being an academic I enjoy putting economic theories into practice in my small business – Bean Bar You.