Dr. S. (Saba) Hinrichs-Krapels


Saba is Assistant 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).


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). 

Her focus within the Delft Technology Fellowship is to explore how demands for public services can adequately be met by supplies, particularly in settings where are uncertainties in future needs, tensions between central and decentralised governance, and unequal power dynamics in decision-making. She collaborates with colleagues to explore how to combine complex modelling with real-life applications in such 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 the Global South.

Saba Hinrichs-Krapels

Assistant Professor

Multi-Actor System

Policy Analysis
Section secretary: Vera van Bragt V.M.vanBragt@tudelft.nl

Research interests:
Public policy analysis
Multi-actor, multi-stakeholder decision making
Health Systems
Global health
Medical supply chain and logistics
Technology adoption