Olga Löblová (Loblova)

I am a political scientist working on health policy. I am currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. In 2019-2020, I held a Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship in parallel to my postdoc. In August 2020, I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science, which I'm planning to begin in 2021.

My research focuses on the political economy of resource allocation in health care and the role of experts and evidence in health policy-making. I study how the varying institutional contexts, diverse configurations of actors’ interests and expertise, as well as different forms of evidence, determine which health technologies and interventions are publicly funded in today’s health systems. Specifically, I research the politics of health technology assessment (HTA) in health care reimbursement decisions. In my postdoc, I study the regulation of molecular diagnostics and governance of cancer screening. You can find the full list of my publications on Google Scholar.

I use mainly qualitative methods: in the past years, I have carried out over 140 in-depth interviews in the United Kingdom, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and in Brussels.

Follow me on Twitter for a mixture of health policy and Central European politics. (I am active in an association of Czech scientists working abroad, Czexpats in Science, so you might get an accidental insight into Czech science, too.)