Professor Gillian Harvey

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Research Biography

Professor Gillian (Gill) Harvey is Matthew Flinders Fellow and Professor of Health Services and Implementation Research in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She leads the ‘Better Systems’ theme in the Caring Futures Institute and is an Adjunct Professor of Implementation Science at Queensland University of Technology. She is also an Affiliated Researcher at Dalarna University in Sweden.  She has been a full-time researcher since re-locating from the UK to Australia in 2013.

Previously Professor Harvey has held academic positions in Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester and most recently in Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide. Prior to working in academia, she was Director of the UK Royal College of Nursing’s Quality Improvement Program and Director of the National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care. During her career, Professor Harvey has produced five books and over 160 academic outputs. She has been a Chief Investigator on over 20 research grants in the last 10 years, including grants awarded by the NHMRC, MRFF and overseas funders such as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the UK National Institute for Health Research.


PhD Nursing, London South Bank University, UK

B Nursing, University of Manchester, UK

Research impact

Professor Harvey is one of the developers of the widely used implementation science frameworks, PARIHS and i-PARIHS. The original Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services (PARIHS) framework, published in 1998, has over 1000 citations in Scopus. In 2015, the PARIHS framework was revised to produce the integrated or i-PARIHS framework, described in the 2015 book ‘Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare’.

Research interest

  • Implementation science
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Improving care across systems

Honours, awards and grants

  • Recognised as a highly cited researcher in the Social Sciences Category of the 2014 Thomson-Reuters high citation list
  • Led an international research team studying evidence-based nursing practice in 4 countries. Publication from the study on ‘Evidence by Proxy’ was awarded best research article in Public Administration Review journal in 2019, highlighting the tension between research evidence and local codification of knowledge in performance standards, policy, procedures and audit data
  • NHMRC Assigners Academy Member (2017, 2018)
  • Visiting Fellow, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (2018 – 2021)
  • Florence Nightingale Foundation ‘Edith Cavell Travel Scholarship’ (2000)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Nursing Quality: An evaluation of key factors in the implementation process, London South Bank University

Award Date: 1 Dec 1993

Bachelor, Bachelor of Nursing, University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jun 1985

External positions

Affiliated Researcher, Dalarna University

26 Oct 2020 → …

Adjunct Professor of Implementation Science, Queensland University of Technology

1 Jan 2017 → …


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