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Maria Karagiannidou

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Maria Karagiannidou

Maria is a research officer within Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and she is teaching (i). Poverty, Inequality and Inclusion and (ii). Understanding International Social and Public Policy at the Department of Social Policy (LSE).

In addition to her research post, she is currently doing a PhD at the Department of Health Policy (LSE), and she has been awarded a full scholarship by LSE. Her PhD is focusing on financing long-term care and on reducing inequalities in accessing services for older adults.

She has been invited recently by the University of Bremen – Department of Social Policy and by the German Science Foundation (DFG) to contribute on the 1342 Global Dynamics of Social Policy project (founded by the German government).

During the past years, she has collaborated as researcher and consultant on various projects with World Bank, WHO, European Commission. In addition, she has been called as an external expert on the EU High-Level Group on the future of social protection and of welfare state in the EU (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion).

She was previously a visiting academic at the University of Oxford (Oxford Institute of Population Ageing), and she worked as an advisor for Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and as a researcher at King’s College London (Global Observatory for Ageing and Dementia Care). Maria has also worked as a researcher and project manager at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and the Greek National School of Public Health and as a director of a day care centre for people with dementia.

She is co-author of the World Alzheimer Report 2016 on “Improving healthcare for people living with dementia: coverage, quality, and costs now and in the future” and of various reports published by Public Health England. She is participating in many research projects related to dementia, reducing inequalities and improving healthcare services for older adults.

She has an MSc (with merit) in International Health Policy (LSE), an MSc in Psychology & Counselling (University of Sheffield), and a BSc in Psychology (Middlesex University).




Countries England (UK); Greece; UK;
Topics Care inequalities; Care integration/ coordination; Community-based LTC; Dementia care and support; End-of-life care and LTC; Evaluation of LTC systems and services; Financing LTC; Governance and LTC systems organisation; Healthcare access in LTC; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; Unpaid / informal care;
Role Research;
Research interests

Her main research interests are welfare states; international social policy and healthcare; inequalities in accessing health and social care, ageing, health economics; financing of long-term care systems for older adults; dementia; community based services for older adults.

Key publications
  1. Karagiannidou, M. and Wittenberg, R. (2022). Social insurance for long-term care, Journal of population Ageing, pp. 1-19. DOI:
  2. Karagiannidou, M., Stevens, M., Knapp, M., Cyhlarova E. (2021) Recruitment into dementia studies: experiences of researchers using the Join Dementia Research registry. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1002/gps.5629
  3. Mukadam, N., Anderson, R., Knapp, M., Wittenberg, R., Karagiannidou, M., Costafreda, S., Tutton, M., Alessi, C., and Livingston, G. (2020). The value of dementia prevention interventions. A modelling study. The Lancet Healthy Longevity. 1(1). October 2020, e13-e20. DOI: 10.1016/S2666-7568(20)30004-0
  4. Wittenberg, R., Knapp, M., Karagiannidou, M., Dickson, J., and Schott, J. (2019). Economic impacts of introducing diagnostics for MCI Alzheimer’s disease patients. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 1(2). DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2019.06.001
  5. Karagiannidou, M., and Wittenberg, R., Landeiro, F., Park, A., Fry, A., Knapp, M., Gray, A., Tockhorn-Heidenreich, A., Sanchez, A., Isaac G., Handels, R., Lecomte, P., and Wolstenholme, J., on behalf of ROADMAP Group (2018). Systematic literature review of methodologies and data sources of existing economic models across the spectrum of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia from apparently healthy through disease progression to end of life care: a protocol study. British Medical Journal Open. 8(6), e020638. DOI:
  6. Dixon, J., Knapp, M., and Karagiannidou, M. (2017). The effectiveness of advance care planning in improving end of life outcomes for people with dementia and their carers: A systematic review and critical discussion Journal of Pain and Symptom Manangement. ISSN 0885-3924. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.04.009


  1. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2022). Rebuilding for sustainability and resilience: strengthening the integrated delivery of long-term care in the European Region. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
  2. Prince, M., Comas-Herrera, A., Knapp, M., Guerchet, M., and Karagiannidou, M. (2016). “World Alzheimer report 2016: improving healthcare for people living with dementia: coverage, quality and costs now and in the future”. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), London, UK.
  3. Read, S., Wittenberg, R., Karagiannidou, M., Anderson, R., and Knapp, M. (2017). “The effect of mid-life risk factors on dementia in older age: key messages”. Public Health England, London, UK.
  4. Read, S., Wittenberg, R., Karagiannidou, M., Anderson, R., and Knapp, M. (2017). “The effect of midlife risk factors on dementia in older age”. Public Health England, London, UK.
  5. Wittenberg, R., Karagiannidou, M., and Knapp, M. (2017). “Primary prevention of dementia: barriers and facilitators”. Public Health England, London, UK.