Prof Luc de Witte

Chair in Health Services Research

Department:
School of Health and Related Research

Faculty:
Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research Expertise:

  • Assistive technology: evaluation and service delivery processes, with a special interest in care robotics
  • Use of technology for self-management
  • Health and healthcare in low-resource settings (Indian slums)

Contact:

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 2259129
Mobile: +44 (0) 7850 076478
Email: l.p.dewitte@sheffield.ac.uk

Biography

I am professor of health services research and work in the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). My research focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of technology-enabled innovations in health and social care. I also work on projects in India and some other low- and middle income countries. These international projects also focus on the use of technology to improve health and wellbeing of people with support needs in low resource settings.

Over the past 25 years I have been working as an application-oriented researcher in the field of long-term care and assistive technology, until October 2016 in the Netherlands, where I was a professor at Maastricht University and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. I am an active board member of the AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe) and the Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations (GAATO).

My current research can be divided into four themes: assistive technology service delivery; care robotics; digital healthcare solutions, technologies applied to global health challenges.

Current Research Projects:

 

  • Lead of the healthcare strand of the PITCH-In (connecting capabilities for the internet of things) programme¬†pitch-in.ac.uk/
  • Participant in the Sustainable Care programme
  • Lead of Robotics for health and social care in a multicultural perspective
  • Lead of Innovation for accessible healthcare in low resource settings in India; Implementation of a technology supported NCD screening model
  • Mentor of Jiban Kumar Karki’s Global Challenge Fellowship entitled: ‘Models of Assistive Technology provision for people with disabilities in low resource settings; a comparative analysis of current practice in India, Nepal and Bangladesh’

PhD Supervision

I currently (co-)supervise the following PhD candidates: Marit Van Buijsen; Tourkiah Alessa; Brenda Littler; Sarah Abdi; Alice Spann; (Carol George; India/Maastricht); Preeti Sushama (India/Maastricht); Cristian Gerghu (India/Maastricht); Sarah Willard (Maastricht); Shivani Gupta (India/Maastricht); Sarah Manig (South Africa)