• Adjunct Professor, University of Technology, (UTS), Sydney, Australia (WHO Collaborating Centre)  
  • Professor, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Professor, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • Professional Adviser, Centre for Workforce Intelligence, National Health Service (NHS), England
  • Senior Policy Associate, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, WHO, Brussels.
  • Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies, UK
  • Professor Catedrático Convidado, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (WHO Collaborating Centre)


Dr Buchan has thirty years experience of policy research on health sector human resources, specializing in the nursing workforce and in international and  national level strategy, policy and planning; pay, incentives and reward strategy; and labour market analysis.

Professor James Buchan is based in the School of Health Sciences. He is also an Associate at the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems, and an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Health Management Association (EHMA).