Professor Justin Keen


Justin is Professor of Health Politics. His principal research interests are in the governance of information and information technologies, and the nature of patient journeys. Justin is Professor of Health Politics in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. His main research interests are in the governance of patient journeys, and in the role of information technologies in health care. He is currently working on NIHR HS&DR studies of the effects of networked IT systems on patient safety, and of audit and feedback, and an EPSRC study of intelligent infrastructures for the analysis of longitudinal data.Professor of Health Politics


PhD Measurement and Information in Medicine, ‘A systems approach to modelling services for people with dementia’– City University, 1998

University College London Exchange Scholar – University of Michigan, 1983–84

MSc Environmental Design and Engineering – University College London, 1983

BSc Physiology – University College London, 1981

Current and previous roles

Current role

Professor of Health Politics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, since 2001

Previous roles

2000–2002: Deputy Director, Knowledge Management Centre, University College London (part-time secondment)

1998–2001: Fellow, Health Systems Programme, King's Fund

1995–1998: National Audit Office Fellow in Audit and Evaluation (Secondment from Department of Government, Brunel University)

1988–1996: Research Fellow, Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University

1984–1988: Research Officer, Medical Architecture Research Unit, Polytechnic of North London

1984: Research Fellow, Architecture and Planning Research Laboratory, University of Michigan

Current research interests

Justin has two principal research interests. The first is in the governance of the delivery of health care, and in particular in patients' journeys through services, ways in which institutional arrangements influences those journeys, and the implications for patient safety. The second area of interest is in the governance of information and of information technologies in health care.

Current and recent research

NIHR HS&DR (2018-19) The effects of information technology networks on patient safety: a realist synthesis, PI, £243K.

NIHR HS&DR (2017-20) Qualdash, Co-I, £888K.

NIHR HS&DR (2017-20) Optimising the outputs of National Clinical Audits, Co-I, £868K.

EPSRC (2016-18). Quanticode: Intelligent Infrastructure for Quantitative, Coded Longitudinal Data. Co-I, £977K.

MRC (2014-19) Medical Bioinformatics Centre, Co-I, £7M.

NIHR HS&DR (2014-17) Monitoring and Managing from Ward to Board (After Francis programme), PI, £382K.

NIHR HS&DR (2010-2012) Knowledge Mobilisation, Co-I, £300K.

EPSRC (2009?2014) Large Scale Complex IT Systems ? Engineering Doctorate Programme, Co-I, £4M.

EPSRC (2008-13) Large Scale Complex IT Systems, Co-PI, £5.1M.

NIHR CLAHRC (2008-10) CLAHRC for Leeds, York and Bradford, PI, £21.5M.

NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (2008?2013) Pressure Ulcers, Co-PI, £2M.

NIHR SDO (2008?2011) Information technologies: costs and impacts, PI, £202K.

NIHR SDO (2007-10) Investigating the Governance of Foundation Hospitals, Co-PI, £400K.

European Union (2006-10) Reflexive Governance in the Public Interest, team member, £49K.

NIHR SDO (2006-09) The impact of electronic health records, co-PI, £300K.

ESRC (2005-8) Modelling and simulation for e-social science (MoSeS), Co-PI. £600K.

Yorkshire and Humber RHA (2002-5) NHS R&D Portfolio Programme, PI, £1.2M.

Guy’s & St Thomas’s Charitable Foundation (2001-3). (2002-3) Evaluation of the Modernisation Initiative, PI, £10K.

Guy’s & St Thomas’s Charitable Foundation (2001-3) Evaluation of the Development Forum, PI, £50K.

SDO (2001-5). Continuity of Care: Partnership and Complexity, Co-PI, £290K.

Department of Health/MRC (2001-5). Whole systems evaluation of intermediate care, Co-PI, £552K.

Department of Health Policy Research Programme (2001-4) Evaluation of networking in primary care , PI, £118K

NHS Information Authority (2001-2) Evaluation of multi-agency electronic records, PI, £70K.

Teaching responsibilities

Justin currently teaches individual sessions on modules in the Institute.

PhD supervision

I am not currently accepting PhD students.

Current PhD students

Jon Fistein: The governance of information sharing

Heather Dawe: The governance of NHS performance

Suliman Alomran: Information systems spanning primary and hospital services

Mathew Mndeme: Reporting of communicable diseases in Tanzania


Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Health Services Research Division