Dr Alex Gibson

Dr Alex Gibson

Innovation and Research Fellow

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)


Innovation and Research Fellow, Centre for Health and social care Interdisciplinary Innovation and Research at the University of Plymouth (CHIIR@UP).

Research interests

My research interests are primarily quantitative in nature and have recently focused on health services research, particularly access to health care and the development of resource allocation methodologies.

Grants & contracts

Gibson A (2016-17) Police Workforce Simulation Model. Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

Asthana S, Gibson A, & Hewson P (2016) Modelling demand, risk andresources for police forces in England and Wales: is there are rural dimension?National Rural Crime Network.

Sheaff R, Allen P,  Boiko O, Mannion R, Asthana S, Gibson A & Halliday, J (2015-2017) Diverse Healthcare Providers: Behaviour inresponse to commissioners, patients and innovations, National Institute ofHealth Research / Policy Research Programme.

Asthana S, Gibson A, Bailey T, Hewson P, Moon G & Dibbens C (2011-2014) Equity of access to cardiac and mentalhealth services in England. National Institute of Health Research / HealthServices Research Programme.

Gibson,A. & Hewson, P. (2013) 2011-12 Active People Survey: Small Area Estimation of SportsParticipation. Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

GibsonA & Hewson P (2011) Small Area Estimation of Literacy and Numeracy Skills; 2010 Skills forLife Survey. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

S. Asthana, A. Gibson, T. Bailey, P. Hewson, C. Dibben, G. Moon (2011) Equity of Access to Cardiac and Mental Health Services in England. NIHR (Health Services Research Programme).

A. Gibson & P. Hewson (2011) Local Area Modelling of the 2011 Skills for Life survey.  TNS-BMRB and Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

S. Asthana , A. Gibson, J. Halliday & P. Hewson (2008) Resource Allocation in Statutory Service Provision: an Assessment of the Police and Fire Formulae. Rural Services Partnership.

S. Asthana , A. Gibson, T. Bailey & C. Dibbens (2008) Developing a resource allocation formula at General Practice level based on individual patient characteristics (Person-Based Resource Allocation): Mental Health.  Department of Health.

A . Gibson & S. Asthana. (2008) Resource Allocation through the Local Government Finance Settlement: How Do Rural Areas Fare? Rural Services Partnership.

A. Gibson & P. Hewson. (2008) Small Area Estimation (LA-level) using Taking Part Survey data.  British Market Research Bureau.

S. Asthana , A. Gibson, T. Bailey, C. Dibbens (2007) The feasibility of developing an approach to Person Based Resource Allocation (PBRA) based on epidemiological data . Department of Health.

A . Gibson & S. Asthana (2007) NHS resource allocation: does West Sussex get its ‘fair share’? West Sussex County Council.

A . Gibson, S. Asthana, & J. Flowers (2007) A review of the weighted capitation formula and its funding impact on Primary Care Trusts in the East of England SHA. East of England Strategic Health Authority.

A. Gibson (2006) North Devon Housing Survey, North Devon District Council. 

A. Gibson (2005) Devon Youth Offending Information System (YOIS) Data: Analysis of Reprimand Data, Exeter Youth Offending Team. 

A . Gibson & T. Bailey (2004)  Geodemographic Mapping of the Skills for Life Survey Results to Local Areas, Department for Education and Skills. 

S. Asthana, P. Brigham, J. Halliday, A. Gibson, I. Mackenzie, J. Dicker, G. Floyd, & G. Moon (2001) Review of the Effectiveness of measuring Rural Deprivation. South West Public Health Observatory. 

S. Asthana, A. Gibson, G. Moon, P. Brigham & J. Halliday (2001) Health Resource Allocation: What Case can be made for Rurality?  Rural Health Allocations Forum. 

S. Asthana, A. Gibson, J. Halliday, J. Dixon & G. Moon (2000) Evaluation of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health Action Zone

S. Asthana, G. Moon, J. Dicker & A. Gibson (1999).  Inequalities in Health Service Utilization at the General Practice Level. Economic and Social Research Council. 

A . Gibson, S. Asthana & E. Wragg (1997)  Parental Choice, Selection by Ability and a ‘Free Market’ in Education: Raising Educational Standards or the Social Polarization of Schools? The Nuffield Foundation. 

S. Asthana and A. Gibson (1996) GP Fundholding and the Provision of Primary Health Care: A Socio-Spatial Analysis. University of Plymouth.

Key publications are highlighted

Sheaff R, Halliday J, Exworthy M, Allen P, Mannion R, Asthana S, Gibson A, Clark J & Sheaff WR 2016 'A qualitative study of diverse providers' behaviour in response to commissioners, patients and innovators in England: research protocol' BMJ Open , DOI PEARL
Asthana S, Gibson A, Bailey T, Moon G, Hewson P & Dibben C 2016 'Equity of utilisation of cardiovascular care and mental health services in England: a cohort-based cross-sectional study using small-area estimation' Health Services and Delivery Research 4, (14) 1-712 , DOI PEARL
Halliday J, Asthana S, Hewson P & Gibson A 2013 'Playing with fire: Limitations of the Big Society for an emergency service' Public Policy and Administration 28, (3) 290-305 Publisher Site
Asthana SNM, Hewson P, Halliday J & Gibson A 2013 'Policy Analytics Need More Than A Spreadsheet: A case study in funding formulae' Annals of Operational Research , DOI
Gibson A & Asthana S 2012 'A Tangled Web: Complexity and Inequality in the English Local Government Finance Settlement' Local Government Studies 38, (3) 301-319 , DOI
Asthana S & Gibson A 2012 'The medicalisation of health inequalities and the English NHS: the role of resource allocation' Health Economics, Policy and Law , DOI
Asthana S, Gibson A, Hewson P, Bailey T & Dibben C 2011 'Devolved commissioning, population size and budgetary risk: evidence from the modelling of ‘fair share’ practice budgets for mental health' Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 16, (2) 95-101
Asthana S, Gibson A, Hewson P, Bailey T & Dibben C 2011 'General practitioner commissioning consortia and budgetary risk: evidence from the modelling of ‘fair share’ practice budgets for mental health' Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 16, (2) 95-101 , DOI
Gibson A & Asthana S 2011 'Resource allocation for English local government: a critique of the four block model' Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A 174, (3) 1-18
Asthana S & Gibson A 2011 'Setting health care capitations through diagnosis-based risk adjustment: a suitable model for the English NHS' Health Policy 101, , DOI
Asthana S & Gibson A 2011 'Setting health care capitations through diagnosis-based risk adjustment: a suitable model for the English NHS?' Health Policy 101, (2) 133-139
Asthana S, Halliday J & Gibson AJS 2009 'Social exclusion and social justice: a rural perspective on resource allocation' Policy and Politics 37, (2) 201-214 , DOI
Asthana S & Gibson AJS 2008 'Deprivation, demography and the distribution of general practice: challenging the conventional wisdom of inverse care' British Journal of General Practice 58, (555) 718-727
Asthana S & Gibson AJS 2008 'Health care equity, health equity and resource allocation: towards a normative approach to achieving the core principles of the NHS' Radical Statistics 96, 6-26
Asthana S & Gibson A 2005 'Rationing in response to NHS deficits: rural patients are likely to be affected most' British Medical Journal 331, (7530) 1472-1472
Asthana S, Gibson A, Moon G, Brigham P & Dicker J 2004 'The demographic and social class basis of inequality in self reported morbidity: an exploration using the Health Survey for England' Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 58, (4) 303-307
Asthana S, Gibson A, Moon G, Dicker J & Brigham P 2004 'The pursuit of equity in NHS resource allocation: should morbidity replace utilisation as the basis for setting health care capitations?' Social Science & Medicine 58, (3) 539-551
Asthana S, Gibson A, Moon G & Brigham P 2003 'Allocating resources for health and social care: the significance of rurality' Health & Social Care in the Community 11, (6) 486-493
Gibson A, Asthana S, Brigham P, Moon G & Dicker J 2002 'Geographies of need and the new NHS: methodological issues in the definition and measurement of the health needs of local populations' Health & Place 8, (1) 47-60
Asthana S 1999 'The geography of fundholding in southwest England: implications for the evolution of primary care groups' Health & Place 5, (4) 271-278 , DOI
Gibson AJS & Asthana S 2016 Police Funding Arrangements in Engand and Wales: Report to the NRCN. National Rural Crime Network PEARL
Asthana S, Bailey T, Gibson AJS, Hewson P & Dibben C 2009 Developing a Person Based Resource Allocation Formula for Setting Practice-Level Mental Health Budgets: 2009/10 and 2010/11. Department of Health, Policy Research Programme
Hewson P, Halliday J, Gibson AJS & Asthana S 2009 Resource Allocation in Statutory Service provision: an assessment of the police and fire formulae. Rural Services Partnership
Gibson AJS & Asthana S 2008 Needs based funding in the Local Government Finance Settlement: A Critique. Rural Services Partnership RAE Consulting
Asthana S, Gibson AJS, Bailey T, Dibben C, Hewson P, Economou T, Batchelor D, Eastham J, Craig R & Scholes S 2008 Person Based Resource Allocation (PBRA): The Feasibility of Developing a Need-Based Approach to PBRA. Department of Health, Policy Research Programme