Mehdi Shiva

Mehdi Shiva
Research Leader
Cambridge Office


Ph.D. in economics, University of Dundee; M.Sc. in empirical and theoretical economics, Paris School of Economics; M.Sc. in models and methods of quantitative economics, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; B.Sc. in economics, University of Tehran


Mehdi Shiva is a research leader at the RAND Corporation. He works primarily for RAND Europe in the Health and Wellbeing Research Group. Prior to joining RAND, Shiva led the economics research and policy agenda at Government Outcomes Lab, a research program within the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) at the University of Oxford. During his time at BSG, Shiva worked on a diverse range of research, teaching, and advisory projects around public/social/health policy, applied economics/econometrics, and evaluation. Before that, Shiva worked as a health economist at the University of Dundee/Ninewells Hospital and as a research director for an entrepreneurial company in collaboration with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). Shiva has also done some fellowship and consultancy work in the international development sector with NGOs.

Shiva holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Dundee, a M.Sc. in empirical and theoretical economics from the Paris School of Economics, a M.Sc. in models and methods of quantitive economics from the University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a B.Sc. in economics from the University of Tehran.

Selected Publications

Shiva, M., & Molana, H, "The Luxury of Lockdown," The European Journal of Development Research, 2021

Shiva, M., Wei, C., Molana, H., & Nabi, G, "Cost-Effectiveness of Prostate Cancer Detection in Biopsy-Naïve Men: Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography vs. Multiparametric Diagnostic Magnetic Resonance Imaging," Healthcare , 2022

Shiva, M., Matsu, J., Ishibashi, Y., & Airoldi, M, Innovative financing mechanisms for levelling up social outcomes, Government Outcomes Lab, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford., 2022

E. Hulse, M. Shiva, , T. Hameed & E. Carter, Mental Health and Employment Partnership Evaluation: Life Chances Fund, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2023

Shiva, M., & Molana, H, "On income, democracy, political stability, and internal armed conflicts," Journal of Strategic Security, 2022

Shiva, M., Molana, H., & Kwiatkowski, A, "Climatic Conditions and Internal Armed Conflicts: An Empirical Study," Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, 2022

Shiva, M. & Matsu, J., Global perspectives on universal basic income, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, 2021

Shiva, M and Molana, H., "Climate change induced inter-province migration in Iran,", 2018