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Martin Knapp


Martin Knapp is a university-based researcher who works in the areas of health and social care policy and practice, and particularly in mental health, dementia, autism and long-term care.

He has appointments at two universities: the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King’s College London (KCL).

At LSE, he has been Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit since 1996. He has also been Co-Director of LSE Health and Social Care since this over-arching centre was set up in 2000.

At King’s, he is Professor of Health Economics, based in the Centre for the Economics of Mental and Physical Health, which he established in 1993.

In 2009, Martin was invited by the National Institute of Health Research (part of the Department of Health in England) to set up and direct the School for Social Care Research, and he continues in that role alongside his other responsibilities.

Martin’s studies include many in the area of youth mental health, including a new economics study that he will report on in September. In fact, Martin is delighted to be coming back to Brighton for the Youth Mental Health Conference. He has been a Seagulls fan for 50+ years, with all the associated trials and tribulations of the last couple of decades, and he was a member of the local athletics club in Brighton in the days when Steve Ovett was an international superstar, and enjoyed the reflected glory!