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Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone (DHEZ), University of Bradford, Professor of Health Service Operations, University of Bradford

Professor Liz Breen is the current Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone, an innovation facility based at the University of Bradford. She is also Professor in Health Service Operations having held previous position of Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the University of Bradford Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences for 13 years. Liz is a Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research Fellow and an Affiliate member of the NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Patient Safety Research Centre.

Liz’s research focuses on improvement and sustainability in service supply chains with a specific interest in health supply chains and food security. Her work aims to better understand the complexity of supply chain systems and learnings within and between supply chains such as pharmaceutical and food supply chains. Access to medicines and food security are key areas of interest.

Projects focusing directly on the pharmaceutical supply chain explore areas such as medicines shortages, medicines waste management, supply chain risk and medicines deliveries during the pandemic. Liz has also undertaken extensive media engagement discussing the creation and deployment of Covid-19 vaccines within the UK and globally. This work has been cited in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America and Australia and in key media outlets such as The Guardian, Time Magazine and Forbes.

She is keen to develop the profile and relevance of Operations and Supply Chain Management in service supply chains within her research, teaching and business engagement.


  • –present
    Reader in Health Service Operations, University of Bradford