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    Axel was born in Berlin/Germany and educated at Free University and Humboldt University. He subsequently studied at Aberdeen University and the University of Wales. He settled in South Wales in 1996 and currently lives in Liverpool. Axel is Professor of Health Service Research at Edge Hill University Medical School, Director of the Evaluation and Policy Analysis unit (EPA) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care  and the Journal of Health Organization and Management. Axel is also Visiting Professor at the Department of Health and Social Management at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio and  currently Vice President of EHMA, the European Health Management Association (Brussels). He is member of the Advisory Panel of the Leadership Observatory NHS England and member of the Bevan Funding Committee of Health Service Delivery Research at NIHR.  

    Research interests

    Axel has designed and delivered evaluations of health improvement programmes in England and Wales and has worked on projects commissioned by NHS England, the Health Research Authority (HRA) and regional health care providers.

    Axel has an interest in programme evaluations, evaluation methodologies and quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. Leading on from his work in intellectual disabilities, he has developed a research focus on multiagency work, service integration and partnerships in health services for patients with complex health care needs. More recently he has written on complexity and complex adaptive systems as evaluative frameworks to assess health service programmes and patient outcomes.

    He is Director of the Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit at Edge Hill University.


    Post-Graduate Supervision and Teaching

    Axel is teaching Research Methodologies, Quantitative Approaches and Statistics/SPSS on the MCh and MRes course of the Medical School and supervises currently three PhD students and several Master’s students.
    Axel is leading a module in Strategic Clinical Leadership and leads the dissertation module for more than 65 students per cohort in the Masters in Surgery/ Masters in Medicine degree.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Other positions

    Vice President, European Health Management Association (Brussels)

    25 Jun 2022 → …

    President, European Health Management Association (Brussels)

    1 Oct 202025 Jun 2022

    Honorary Reader, University of Manchester

    Jun 2020Jun 2021

    Visiting Professor, University of Eastern Finland

    15 Sept 201931 Dec 2023


    • J Political Science
    • H Social Sciences
    • R Medicine

    Research Institutes

    • Institute for Social Responsibility
    • Health Research Institute

    Research Centres

    • Cardio-Respiratory Research Centre
    • Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport
    • Edge Hill Primary and Integrated Care Research Centre
    • Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing


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