Professor Justin Keen


Justin is Professor of Health Politics in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.



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

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 (2016-20). 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 (2008-11) 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 (2006-9) 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 (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.


Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Health Services Research Division