Dr. S. (Saba) Hinrichs-Krapels

Dr. S. (Saba) Hinrichs-Krapels



Saba is Associate Professor and Delft Technology Fellow using systems and design approaches in complex decision-making environments. She was previously Deputy Director of the King’s Global Health Institute, senior analyst at RAND Europe, and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge. She had also worked in the medical device industry and non-profit sector. Saba obtained her PhD in Engineering Design (Health Systems) from the University of Cambridge (2010).


  • Patient Logistics in disaster scenarios (Co-I, together with Prof Tina Comes): Funded by the Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Centre (PDPC)
  • Using implementation science to understand barriers and enablers for adopting scheduling optimisation models into a hospital setting (Co-I, together with Dr Theresia van Essen). Funded by the Delft Health Initiative
  • Piloting an Advocacy Academy for policy engagement for multi-morbidity patients in South Africa (Co-I, part of the ENHANCE project funded by the National Institute for Health Research, UK)
  • Massive open-source dataset for resources within health systems. Internally funded by the Institute for Health Systems Science, TPM.


Saba has a background in public policy analysis (mainly health policy and global health), health technology adoption, and improving evidence-based policymaking. She has worked within the full spectrum of health systems, from population and public health (e.g., policy strategies for prevention and disease control), to the delivery of care in intramural settings (e.g. hospitals and primary care).

She investigates how to achieve resilience and sustainability of health systems, ranging from returning to normal operations after acute or chronic shocks or finding solutions for long-term maintenance of care. This involves the combination of complex modelling with design approaches, generated by participatory and engagement data collection methods, to design and evaluate interventions in real-world settings.

Her main application is in the organisational domain of health systems, ranging from planning of health services, capacity management (patient logistics, materials management, and workforce planning) as well as delivery in community settings. She is also particularly interested in the sustainable adoption of technologies for use in any health care setting, especially, though not exclusively, in low-resource settings. 

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