I have held a Chair in Technology and Innovation Management at Imperial College Business School since
January 2003. Previous appointments include the SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex),
the Policy Studies Institute, and the University of Westminster.
I received my BA and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
My research largely focuses on the structural and organisational challenges to the adoption of innovations in
healthcare. I am particularly interested is the relationship between innovation in healthcare technologies,
services and infrastructure. I have led or been involved in many research and consulting projects around the
world and have extensive experience advising government and industry on strategic and policy issues in
healthcare, housing and construction. Prior to 2000 I was largely working on innovation in housing provision
and other housing policy issues, including construction and supply chain innovation.
From 2003-2006 I helped establish and was Co-Director of the Innovation Studies Centre (now the Innovation
& Entrepreneurship Department). From 2006 to 2013 I was Principal Investigator of HaCIRIC (Health and Care
Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre), the world’s largest research programme on healthcare
infrastructure. Since October 2013, I have been Associate Director of Research and Evaluation for Imperial
College Health Partners. I am also a member of the executive for the Northwest London CLAHRC and the
Department of Health’s Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU). I am an advisory board member of the Guy’s
and St Thomas’ Hospital Charity Strategy Committee, supporting major investment in local healthcare
innovation projects in London. In July 2014 I was appointed as the President of the International Academy for
Design and Health.
I have advised government bodies on healthcare innovation issues, both in the UK and internationally, and
have been a member of expert panels on healthcare innovation for the Department of Trade and Industry,
Department of Health, European Commission, the Royal Society, the King’s Fund and other bodies. I led
inquiries into the uptake and spread of innovation in the NHS for the Policy Exchange and into the evidence
base for telehealth for the Department of Health, which helped shape policy in this area. I was also responsible
for a foresight project on future technology needs for an ageing population for the Department of Trade and
Industry. I have given evidence on public-private partnerships before the Treasury Select Committee and
evidence on healthcare innovation issues to other Parliamentary Committees.
I have extensive experience consulting for companies across the healthcare technology and design and
construction sectors. I was a member of the healthcare advisory board for MITIE Group plc and chaired the
healthcare advisory board for Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd.
My latest book is Managing Innovation in Healthcare, published in January 2017 by World Scientific.
For further information please visit www.james-barlow.com or www.imperial.ac.uk/business-school/people