UCL School of Management

Mecit Can Emre Simsekler

Honorary Research Associate


Emre is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Khalifa University of Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi; and an Honorary Research Associate at the UCL School of Management, London. In addition, he is a Visiting Scholar at Boston Children’s Hospital (Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School), and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Emre obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2015. During his PhD, he was a visiting researcher in the Center for Medical System Innovation at the University of Tokyo in Summer 2012, and in the Center for Patient Safety and Quality Research at Boston Children’s Hospital in Summer 2014. After completing his PhD, he worked as a Research Associate at the UCL School of Management between 2015 and 2016.


Emre’s research focuses on healthcare operations management, risk management, patient safety and quality improvement. He is interested in investigating the impact of healthcare process design on efficiency, safety and quality. Leveraging principles from operations management and systems thinking, he particularly examines operational failures and safety risks to help drive transformational system improvement and innovation in healthcare.

He is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) and Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE).
Selected publications
Simsekler, M. C. E., Ward, J. R., & Clarkson, P. J. (2018). Design for patient safety: a systems-based risk identification framework. ERGONOMICS, 61 (8), 1046-1064. doi:10.1080/00140139.2018.1437224 [link]
Simsekler, M. C. E., Ward, J. R., & Clarkson, P. J. (2018). Evaluation of system mapping approaches in identifying patient safety risks. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR QUALITY IN HEALTH CARE, 30 (3), 227-233. doi:10.1093/intqhc/mzx176 [link]
Simsekler, M. C. E., Card, A. J., Ruggeri, K., Ward, J. R., & Clarkson, P. J. (2015). A comparison of the methods used to support risk identification for patient safety in one UK NHS foundation trust. Clinical Risk. doi:10.1177/1356262215580224 [link]
Kurutkan, M. N., Usta, E., Orhan, F., & Simsekler, M. C. E. (2015). Application of the IHI Global Trigger Tool in measuring the adverse event rate in a Turkish healthcare setting. The International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 27 (1/2015), 11-21. doi:10.3233/JRS-150639 [link]
Simsekler, M. C. E., Card, A. J., Ward, J. R., & Clarkson, P. J. (2015). Trust-level risk identification guidance in the NHS East of England. International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, 27 (2), 67-76. doi:10.3233/JRS-150651 [link]
Yetisen, A. K., Martinez-Hurtado, J. L., Vasconcellos, F. D. C., Simsekler, M. C. E., Akram, M. S., & Lowe, C. R. (2014). The regulation of mobile medical applications. LAB ON A CHIP, 14 (5), 833-840. doi:10.1039/c3lc51235e [link]
Card, A. J., Simsekler, M. C. E., Clark, M., Ward, J. R., & Clarkson, P. J. (2014). Use of the Generating Options for Active Risk Control (GO-ARC) Technique can lead to more robust risk control options. International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, 26, 199-211. doi:10.3233/JRS-140636 [link]