Dr Matthew Allsop

Dr Matthew Allsop


I am a University Academic Fellow funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research. My research explores the development of palliative care services including the design and evaluation of technology-based interventions. 

I obtained my PhD from the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds in 2010 before spending time in the medical device industry supporting manufacturers with user involvement approaches and early-stage economic evaluation. I returned to the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow in Applied Health working with NHS clinical commissioners prior to joining the Academic Unit of Palliative Care in 2012. I also hold an honorary contract with Bradford Institute for Health Research. 

Current responsibilities include:

  • University of Leeds Global Health Theme, Sub-theme lead: global cancer services
  • Member of University of Leeds Africa Regional Advisory Group

Research interests

My research explores the development of palliative care services, often with a focus on the role of technology. My research activity is primarily in the UK, Indonesia, and countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

My research as a primary investigator includes the following projects:

Projects funded as a co-investigator or collaborator include:

Previous public engagement activity as a contributor includes: 

Current postgraduate students: 

  • Will Goodman (with Rebecca Beeken and Amy Downing). Research title: Using advanced quantitative methods to explore physical activity and quality of life in patients with a stoma.
  • Emmanuel Leshak (with Bassey Ebenso and Cathy Brennan). Research title: Psychosocial impact of community-based management of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Nigeria.
  • Eme Asuquo (with Kate Absolom and Bassey Ebenso). Research title: The provision of breast cancer survivorship care in sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • Jakki Birtwistle (with Amy Russell, Sam Relton, and Michael Bennett). Research title: Technology-mediated approaches to advance care planning. 

Completed doctoral students: 

  • Asma Abahussin (PhD, 2021) (with Lucy Ziegler, Robert West, and David Wong). Research title: A health informatics approach for recording pain and supporting effective pain management in cancer patients. 
  • Hayley Scanlon (DClinPsy, 2021) (together with Gary Latchford). Working title: The Levels and Experiences of Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction in UK Hospice Social Workers.


  • BSc Psychology
  • PhD Mechanical Design Engineering

Student education

My current teaching roles include:

Research groups and institutes

  • Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health
  • St Gemma's Academic Unit of Palliative Care
  • International health research
  • Palliative care
  • Research at the Nuffield Centre of International Health and Development
  • Cancer
  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Current postgraduate researchers

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