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OR58 - Plenary Panel Session – BOR

TUESDAY 6 SEPT 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm

This year at OR58 we are once again, very pleased to be hosting a Plenary Panel on Behavioural Operational Research which has kindly been organised by Sally Brailsford, from the University of Southampton.

This stream of research has had a significant effect on Economics, Finance, and Public Policy, and helped to create the fields of Behavioural Economics, Behavioural Finance and Behavioural Public Policy.

The panel will bring together academic and practitioner experts from different perspectives and will provide a lively forum for discussing the development of this emerging (and exciting!) field of OR.


Plenary Chair

Prof. Sally Brailsford, University of Southampton Brailsford is Professor of Management Science at the University of Southampton. Sally has worked for over 25 years in the area of health O.R. She was Vice-President 1 of EURO from 2012-2016 and is co-ordinator of the EURO Working Group on OR Applied to Health Services (ORAHS). She is one of the Editors-in-Chief of the UK OR Society journal Health Systems. She has twice won the UK OR Society's Goodeve Medal, in 2004 for modelling emergency healthcare services in Nottingham, and in 2006 for modelling chlamydia infection.

Panel Members

Prof. L. Alberto Franco, Loughborough University

Alberto Franco is Professor of Management Sciences at Loughborough University. He has extensive consulting experience in a variety of sectors including: heath, transport, construction, government and defence, where he has led projects to support strategic issue management, value-focused thinking, risk prioritisation, scenario planning, resource allocation, and multi-organisational collaboration. His research on the practice of operational research is beginning to unpack a range of significant behavioural and material aspects associated with the use of facilitated modelling approaches. Together with Raimo Hämäläinen, he has been at the forefront of the Behavioural OR movement in Europe; they recently co-edited a special issue of European Journal of Operational Research and co-organised the first European Summer School in this area. He is an Editor of the EURO Journal of Decision Processes, and an Associate Editor of Group Decision and Negotiation.

Mr Phil Jones, Dstl Jones graduated with a Mathematical Statistics and OR Degree from Exeter University in 1981.  He’s had a varied career doing Operational Research in the Ministry of Defence, including a spell in the oldest OR Branch in the world at RAF Strike Command.   He’s led analysis involving a wide variety of hard and soft OR techniques. Topics have ranged from trials analysis assessing the effectiveness of countermeasures to enemy radars, to improving the cultural awareness of our deployed forces and use of Social Network Analysis.  He’s led the formulation MoD’s Influence research programme and been the principal analyst for an inter-disciplinary group containing social scientists of many persuasions as well as Operational Researchers.   He is a fervent advocate of the need for better integration of social science into OR.  Phil is a fellow of the ORS.  He co-chaired OR55, he has chaired the ORS Accreditation Panel and he is the UK Representative on a NATO Operational Analysis research collaboration panel.


Konstantinos Katsikopoulos, Max Plank Institute for Behavioural Research, Berlin and University of Southampton Katsikopoulos studied cognitive psychology and applied mathematics and obtained a Ph.D. in operational research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Then, he was a visiting assistant professor of engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Now at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, he serves as the deputy director of the Centre for Adaptive Behaviour and Cognition. He is on the editorial board of the journal Judgment and Decision Making. He has received a German Science Foundation Fellowship for Young Researchers and also won a grant from the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study to organize the 2014 Blankensee Colloquium on the comparative analysis of nudge, boost and design.


Geoff Royston, Independent Analyst and Researcher Royston is former Head of Strategic Analysis and Operational Research in the Department of Health for England and a past Chair of the Government Operational Research Service. He is now an independent analyst and researcher and was President of the OR Society in 2012 and 2013. One of his priorities as President was for the Society to encourage and support the development of Behavioural Operational Research.

He has had a wide range of activities and responsibilities involving analysis, modelling and research to inform the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based policies and programmes in the health field. He has also worked on information and communication technology in the health sector, has been an adviser to the UK communications industry regulator (OFCOM), and led the design and launch of the national telephone advice service NHS Direct. He has been an external examiner for postgraduate courses in operational research and management science and an assessor for the 2014 research excellence framework (REF) exercise, has served on both scientific and medical UK Research Council panels and is a member of the editorial board for the journal Health Care Management Science. He has experience in the international health arena including being a consultant for the World Health Organisation, a member of the expert advisory panel for the Healthcare Information for All (HIFA) initiative and a long standing member of the European Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services.


Jonathan Malpass, Principal Researcher at BT

Jonathan has a PhD in Multivariate Statistics from the University of Portsmouth. His primary research area is Business Transformation and he has over 18 years of experience in understanding employee behaviour, how employees interact with systems, incentivisation, Lean and Six Sigma philosophies, and employee engagement and morale. Jon has primarily worked with field-based engineering teams as well as office-based operations teams and contact centres.  He has supervised Operational Research students for both PhD and Masters degrees. He is co-editor of the recently published book, “Behavioral Operational Research: Theory, Methodology and Practice”.

Watch this space for other panel members still to come!