Willings Botha (PhD student)

willingsI previously taught quantitative methods and economics at the Polytechnic, University of Malawi for eight years. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Malawi, a Bachelor and a Master of Arts degree in Social and Economic Administration from the Université des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse 1 (France) and a Master of Science in Management of Business, Innovation and Technology from Athens Information Technology (Greece). I developed an interest in public health when I was studying for my recent postgraduate qualification whose thesis was on ‘sustainable e-health business models for the Sub-Saharan region’.

I am currently doing PhD on economic evaluation of forestry-based health interventions. Currently, ‘Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs)’ are used to measure health benefits of interventions in favour of the more traditional monetary measures like willingness to pay (WTP) typically used for economic appraisal in areas such as environmental and transport economics. While the QALY framework may be appropriate for Health Related Quality of Life benefits of interventions relating to green space, the broader evaluative framework offered by cost-benefit analysis might be more appropriate for the broader well-being aspects of the environment.

This research seeks to explore the potential use of economic appraisal techniques to value and evaluate green space interventions using methods from environmental, health and transport economics. It is funded by the Forestry Commission Scotland.

I am also part of the Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA) team at the University of Glasgow.

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