Imperial College London


Business School

Chair in Technology and Innovation Management



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Mrs Lorraine Sheehy +44 (0)20 7594 9173




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I have been a Professor of Technology and Innovation Management (Healthcare) at Imperial College Business School since 2003. I was co-founder of the Innovation Studies Centre, and from 2006-2013 I was Principal Investigator and a director of the Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC). I am a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Innovation.

My previous positions were at the Science Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex), University of Westminster and the Policy Studies Institute. I have a PhD from the London School of Economics and a background in geography and economics.

My research, teaching and consultancy focuses on the adoption, implementation and sustainability of innovation in healthcare systems. I have led or been involved in many research and consulting projects around the world. I have also  worked extensively on innovation in housing provision and other housing policy issues.

As well as my research and teaching, I advise and consult for government, healthcare services and industry. I have worked with companies from the medical technology, pharmaceutical, ICT and construction sectors.

In July 2014 I was appointed as the new president of the International Academy for Design and Health, an global knowledge community bringing together the built environment industries creating new healthcare infrastructure.  

My advisory work includes membership or chairing of expert panels on healthcare innovation for the Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, OFCOM, Welsh Assembly Government, European Commission, Royal Society, King’s Fund, London Health Commission and Policy Exchange. I have given evidence on public-private partnerships before the Treasury Select Committee and evidence on healthcare innovation issues to other Parliamentary Committees.  

I am currently associate director of research and evaluation for Imperial College Health Partners. I also work with the executive boards for the NIHR Northwest London CLAHRC and the Department of Health Policy Innovation Research Unit. I sit on the advisory board for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Charity Strategy Committee.

For full details please visit my personal website. Many of my publications can be downloaded from my ResearchGate site here. My latest book, Managing Innovation in Healthcare, was published by World Scientific in January 2017.



Dattee B, Barlow J, 2017, Multilevel Organizational Adaptation: Scale Invariance in the Scottish Healthcare System, Organization Science, Vol:28, ISSN:1047-7039, Pages:301-319

Myron R, French C, Sullivan P, et al., 2017, Professionals learning together with patients: An exploratory study of a collaborative learning Fellowship programme for healthcare improvement., J Interprof Care, Pages:1-9

Maben J, Griffiths P, Penfold C, et al., 2016, One size fits all? Mixed methods evaluation of the impact of 100% single-room accommodation on staff and patient experience, safety and costs, Bmj Quality & Safety, Vol:25, ISSN:2044-5415, Pages:241-256

Greenhalgh T, Annandale E, Ashcroft R, et al., 2016, An open letter to The BMJ editors on qualitative research, Bmj-british Medical Journal, Vol:352, ISSN:1756-1833

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