Research Staff

Hana Ross

Principal Research Officer and SALDRU Research Affiliatehana

hana.ross@uct.ac.za

Room 4.13; School of Economics; University of Cape Town

Hana earned her B.A. and M.A. at the Prague School of Economics. In 2000, she received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has over seventeen years’ experience in conducting research on the economics of tobacco control and in management of research projects in low- and middle-income countries, including projects funded by the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the European Commission, the Bloomberg Global Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Ross published more than 60 articles and independent reports on issues related to tobacco taxation, cigarette prices, costs of smoking, illicit trade, youth access laws and other economic aspects of tobacco control. She also co-authored the 3rd and 4th editions of Tobacco Atlas.

Her current research projects focus on the economic impact of tobacco control interventions in Africa, South East Asia, and in the European Union. She is also interested in the economic impact of risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases such as obesity, lack of physical activity, and alcohol consumption. Dr. Ross currently supports several research capacity building projects primarily focusing on Africa and Asia.

See Hana's full resume here.

Recent Selected Publications

Abdullah S M, Huque R, Bauld L, Ross H, Gilmore A, John R M, Dobbie F, Siddiqi K. Estimating the magnitude of illicit cigarette trade in Bangladesh: protocol for a mixed-methods study. 2020. BMJ Open. (in review)

Micheal Kofi Boachie and Hana Ross. Determinants of smoking intensity in South Africa: evidence from township communities. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2019 (in review).

Hana Ross and Evan Blecher. Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products Need Not Hinder Tobacco Tax Policy Reforms and Increases. Tobacconomics White Paper. Chicago, IL: Tobacconomics, Health Policy Center, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2019.

Hana Ross and Evan Blecher. Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products Need Not Hinder Tobacco Tax Policy Reforms and Increases. Tobacconomics Policy Brief. Chicago, IL: Tobacconomics, Health Policy Center, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2019.

Micheal Kofi Boachie, Laura Rossouw and Hana Ross. The economic cost of smoking in South Africa, 2016. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2020 (in review).

Kirsten van der Zee, Nicole Vellios, Corne Van Walbeek, and Hana Ross. The illicit cigarette market in six South African townships. November 2019. Tobacco Control (in press).

Zunda Chisha, Mohammed L. Janneh, Hana Ross.  https://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2019/05/29/tobaccocontrol-2019-055055Consumption of legal and illegal cigarettes in The Gambia. April 2019. Tobacco Control. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055055 

Julie Berthet Valdois, Corné van Walbeek, Hana Ross, Hema Soondram, Bhavish Jugurnath, Marie Chan Sun, and Deowan Mohee. Tobacco industry tactics in response to cigarette excise tax increases in Mauritius. September 2019. Tobacco Control. doi:10.1136/ tobaccocontrol-2019-055196.

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