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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Professor John Clarkson is Professor of Engineering Design (Cambridge) and Healthcare Systems (TU Delft), Director of the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre and Co-Director of Cambridge Public Health.  

With expertise in engineering design, John researches the development of design methodologies to address specific design issues – for example, process management, change management, healthcare design, inclusive design and automotive design.  

His dedication to this work in the context of low-income countries – namely through the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma in Myanmar to explore the value of taking a systems approach to local healthc challenges – has the potential to positively impact to the lives of the world’s poorest 3 billion people.

John’s motivation to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through his participation in CGC stems from a long-term interest in inclusive design and healthcare design. This has led to partnerships with healthcare providers, civil servants, community care providers, designers and people, all with the common purpose of harnessing the power of design (as a process) to advantage all. More recently, he has been developing a systems approach to health and care improvement that has the potential to apply to a broad range of global and local health and care challenges.  

Key words: Healthcare Systems Design (; Inclusive Design (; Engineering Better Care ( Improving Improvement (; Global Health (

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