Prof Luc de Witte

Chair in Health Services Research

School of Health and Related Research

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)


Telephone: +44 (0) 114 2259129
Mobile: +44 (0) 7850 076478


I am trained as a medical doctor, but have never practiced medicine. I have always worked on practice oriented research in the field of rehabilitation and long term care, including elderly care, care for people with mental or physical disabilities and care for people with chronic diseases. Before moving to Sheffield in October 2016 I was professor of technology in care at Zuyd university of applied sciences and Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and director of an innovation centre (EIZT: connecting about 35 partner in healthcare, industry and academia.

In 2013 I initiated a research program called ‘Health in Slums’, aiming to improve the living circumstances in urban slums in Bangalore, India. Today 4 PhD students work there and an average of 25 bachelor and master students do their thesis work in this program.

Current Research Projects:

  • I am still supervising 13 PhD students who work on projects at Maastricht University and Zuyd university of applied sciences.
  • In Sheffield I am PI of a small project called “A mobile diagnostic and screening toolkit for urban slums settings” (EPSRC GCRF).
  • Other projects in Sheffield yet to come.