Sarah Bostan

Sarah Bostan


I am undertaking an interdisciplinary PhD, working across the School of Healthcare, School of Computing, and the Business School. I have been awarded a prestigious and cross-cutting interdisciplinary Global Challenges Doctoral Scholarship by the University of Leeds, for research that is aimed at tackling key global challenges.

My research project looks at responsible innovation in the implementation of an open-source electronic health records (OS EHR) system in low and lower-middle income countries (LMICs), particularly resource-poor settings. Open-source EHRs are perceived as a social innovation (free software) that can improve healthcare delivery in LMICs, address high-costs and inflexibility associated with commercial (proprietary software) EHRs.

My research explores the role of local implementers who support the implementation of an OS EHR system on the ground, in particular social enterprises and non-governmental organisations/ non-profit organisations, with a key interest in challenges concerning implementation, ethics and end-user experience.

Professional memberships 

Associate Fellow of Advance HE (AFHEA)

European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)

Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)




Research interests

My research interests include responsible innovation, sustainable development, people, process and technology, health systems implementation, open-source software, electronic health record systems, technology transfer, Global South, ethics and global healthcare systems innovations.



  • MA Human Resource Management - CIPD Accredited (Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management (First-class)

Research groups and institutes

  • People, systems and services