Dr Tatum Matharu


Research Fellow

The Department of Procurement and Operations Management


Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Tatum Matharu is a Research Fellow working to review and synthesise empirical evidence and theoretical literature on procurement and supply chain management, with reference to NHS commissioning. The project involves expert advisors and stakeholders, and aims to generate lessons for NHS managers and clinicians.

This research is led by Dr Joseph Sanderson, along with team members Dr Chris Lonsdale and Professor Russell Mannion (based at the University’s Health Services Management Centre). The project is funded under the Health Service and Delivery Research programme of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).



  • PhD in Public Administration, University of Birmingham, 2012
  • MA (Merit) in European Politics and Public Policy, University of Manchester, 2006
  • BA (Hons) in European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Manchester, 2005


Tatum came to the Business School from the University’s School of Health and Population Sciences (Primary Care). There, she worked with the late Professor Helen Lester on the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). This is a pay-for-performance scheme used within general practice in the NHS. The team was contracted by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop and pilot indicators for the framework.

Prior to that, Tatum was based at the University’s Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) for her PhD. Her research explored collaborative institutional design and development (between public, private and third sector actors) using an interpretivist methodology. This was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) case award.

Other activities

Book Notes Editor for Critical Policy Studies journal (published by Routledge)

Wherever I lay my highlighter, that’s my home, Official Blog of the Institute for Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham

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