Simon Turner

Senior Research Associate

Phone: +44(0)20 3108 3233


Biographical details

Dr Turner joined UCL in April 2012 as Senior Research Associate within the Department of Applied Heath Research. Prior to joining UCL, he held research positions at King’s College London (2010-2012), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2008-2010) and the University of Cambridge (2007-2008). He holds a PhD grounded in social anthropology from Durham University (2006) and masters (2002) and bachelors (2001) degrees in geography from Birmingham University. He collaborates on corporate governance projects at the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge ( and the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics, Birkbeck (

Research interest

Dr turner's research interests lie in the application of social theory to managerial and professional practice, particularly situated learning theory. Dr Turner is currently conducting research on how formal and informal governance arrangements within NHS hospitals shape frontline practices of patient safety.

Key publications

Turner S, Allen P, Bartlett W, Perotin V (2011) Innovation and the English National Health Service: A qualitative study of the independent sector treatment centre programme, Social Science & Medicine 73.4: 522-529.

Turner S, Lourenco A (2011) Competition and public service broadcasting: stimulating creativity or servicing capital? Socio-Economic Review (doi:10.1093/ser/mwr022b, published online 13 October 2011).

Allen P, Turner S, Bartlett W, Perotin V, Matchaya G, Zamora B. (2012) Provider diversity in the English NHS: a study of recent developments in four health economies, Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 17.1: 23-30.

Bartlett W, Allen P, Perotin V, Turner S, Zamora B, Matchaya G, Roberts J. (2011) Provider Diversity in the NHS: Impact on Quality and Innovation, Report for NIHR Health Reforms Evaluation Programme (available at:

Allen P, Bartlett W, Perotin V, Matchaya G, Turner S, Zamora B (2011) Healthcare providers in the English National Health Service: public, private or hybrids? International Journal of Public and Private Healthcare Management and Economics 1.3: 1-18.

Allen P, Bartlett W, Perotin V, Zamora B, Turner S (2011) New forms of provider in the English National Health Service, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics 82.1: 77-95.

Turner, S (2010) Networks of learning within the English wine industry, Journal of Economic Geography 10.5: 685-715.