Dr. Matt Willis earned his PhD in Information Science & Technology from Syracuse University. He has been a researcher in academic, government, and private institutional settings including Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and several university affiliated research centres where he was a contributor to multiple grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

Matt joined the Oxford Internet Institute to work on a project sponsored by The Health Foundation entitled “The Future of Healthcare: Computerisation, Automation, and General Practice Services.” The project seeks to understand the impact of automation in the NHS and how automation can support the provision of healthcare within the NHS.

His intellectual foundation and research approach are informed by the disciplines of Social Informatics, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human-Computer Interaction, Sociotechnical Systems, Health Communication, and Social Shaping of Technology. His interests are in the design, use, and consequences of current and emerging technology in healthcare, from personal health records to artificial intelligence and blockchain. As a researcher, Matt values interdisciplinary collaboration and multi-methodological quantitative and qualitative approaches to both data collection and analysis.

Research interests

sociotechnical systems in healthcare, computer supported cooperative work, digital assemblages, human-computer interaction, digital research methods

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, October 2019-
  • Researcher, June 2016 – September 2019

Past projects

  • The Future of Healthcare: Computerisation and Automation, and General Practice Services

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Michael A. Osborne, Dr Angela Coulter, Dr Matt Willis, Dr Paul Duckworth

    The Future of Healthcare: Computerisation, Automation, and General Practice Services project is a collaboration between the Oxford Internet Institute, the Oxford Department of Engineering Science, and the Oxford Martin School, at the University of Oxford.


Conference papers

Journal articles


  • WILLIS, M. (2018) National Digital Infrastructures for Healthcare: A Comparative Case of Estonian and British Healthcare Infrastructure.. Oxford, UK.
  • Raybourn, E., Fabian, N., Glickman, M., Tucker, E. and Willis, M. (2011) Real-time individualized training vectors for experiential learning. Sandia Report. SAND2011-0166.
  • Raybourn, E., Ames, A., Belasich, D., Bouchard, J., Heaphy, R., Hills, R., Shaneyfelt, W., Willis, M. and Wilson, M. (2010) HSCB Generalized Validation & Verication Methodology. Sandia Report. Albuquerque, NM.


  • Qualitative Data Analysis

    This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to carry out qualitative data analysis of a variety of kinds of data (e.g. text, photos, videos) collected from both online and offline settings.