Catherine French


Professor Naomi Fulop, University College London

Professor Ewan Ferlie, Kings College London


National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellowship

Project Title

Boundary spanning in Academic Health Science Centres: integrating research, education and patient care

Project Summary

Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) are partnerships between universities and the NHS and were established in the UK in March 2009 to improve the translation of research from ‘bench to bedside’ and to integrate research, education and patient care.

The aim of my research is to examine formal and informal processes in AHSCs to see how knowledge is translated across boundaries between groups with different cultures and organisational contexts.  Qualitative methods will be used with the aim of developing practical guidance for AHSCs and other similar organisations, as well as developing theory in the organisational studies field.