Simon Turner

Associate Professor and Director of Organization’s Area

Universidad de los Andes School of Management

Simon Turner is Associate Professor, and Director of the Organization’s Area, in the School of Management, University of Los Andes, Colombia. Prior to joining Los Andes, Simon was Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Organisation at the University of Manchester. He has held postdoctoral research positions at University College London, King’s College London, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and University of Cambridge. His research interests lie in the application of social science theory and methods to the study of the organisation and improvement of public services, particularly health care. Simon holds a PhD in economic geography from the University of Durham and undergraduate and masters degrees in human geography from the University of Birmingham. He is principal investigator of a nationally-funded study on the coordination of change in response to COVID-19 within the Colombian health system. 

Research interests 

Simon’s research interests lie in applying social science theory and methods (particularly ethnography) to the study of organisational and innovation processes in health care and wider public management. His research has been published in leading international journals including social Science & Medicine, Public administration, Sociology of Health and illness, Socio-Economic Review, Implementation Science, British Medical Journal, and Journal of Economic Geography. He recently led a national
study on using evidence for innovation funded by The Health Foundation (UK). The study´s final report, and decision-making guidance aimed at health care practitioners, is available here.