Lucy Gilson holds the appointment of professor both at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and is an honorary professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Oxon), an MA in Development Economics (East Anglia) and was awarded her PhD by the University of London. Over her career, her research has been driven by concern for equity in health and health care.
It has involved conceptual and empirical work on issues of health care financing, organisation, management and policy change. She has also played a leading role in developing the field of health policy analysis, and currently manages a continental initiative to strengthen training in this field. She has, as well, conducted collaborative research with colleagues in other countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, and in Asia.