Adam Bertscher is a research assistant working in the area of innovation, health and science at RAND Europe. He has experience in research projects related to the political processes of health policy and well as research into international and global health governance.
Bertscher's interests are wide-ranging and include global health, global governance, mental health and technology, non-communicable diseases, commercial and social determinants of health, ethics and international law. He has published research on the policy formulation processes of alcohol policy in South Africa and conducted a human’s rights analysis for restricting alcohol advertising using international laws.
Prior to joining RAND Europe, Bertscher worked at Health Systems Trust, a research consultancy established to support the post-apartheid transformation of South Africa’s healthcare system, where he was involved in a WHO-funded study on the role of non-state actors in the implementation of South Africa’s new National Health Insurance.
Since joining RAND Europe, he has worked on various projects in the space of research-informed policy, such as evaluating ECDC’s disease programmes, a historical foresight study on Antimicrobial resistance policy, Public Patient Involvement in healthcare research, and an evaluation of the support structures for the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Programme – an NHS initiative which assists those with severe mental health difficulties find employment. He holds an M.P.H in health systems and B.Soc.Sci. in philosophy and psychology from University of Cape Town, and a B.A. honours in psychology from University of South Africa.