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Conferences / Events

Our Conferences / Events

Careers Open Day
Millennium Point in Birmingham
15 November 2017

Blackett Lecture
IET London
23 November 2017

Beale Lecture
The Royal Society, London
22 February 2018

SW18 Simulation Workshop
Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford
19 - 21 Mar 2018

OR60 Annual Conference
Lancaster University
11 - 13 September 2018

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OR60 Stream - Community OR

Stream Organisers

Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo 

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Email: evilaltaperdomo@lincoln.ac.uk


Martha Vahl 

(more information)

Email: martha@cict.demon.co.uk


Rebecca Herron

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Email: rherron@lincoln.ac.uk


 

Stream Definition

Decision making with undefined objectives, and unknown resources.

At the heart of OR is the aim of improving action when information is incomplete, i.e. of deciding what steps to take to realise what objectives without what unintended effects as part of what context and framework and using what resources? Efforts to answer this question usually assume a determinate and known number of objectives as well as an objectives-independent recognition of resources.

Recently a relatively large number of new areas have come under scrutiny where objectives are partly unknown as well as their number indeterminate and where recognition of resources is objectives-dependent – as when individuals wish to act only interactively. These developments raise serious methodical and conceptual challenges – on the level of techniques as well as of the method of research.

As the name of the session indicates, its focus will be on supporting decisions in communities, i.e. in collectives where members’ objectives differ widely without procedures to enforce their alignment quickly. The difficulties such communities face usually cannot be resolved by treating them as closable systems or by introducing a democratic vote. They include villages, cities, groups of SMEs, most charities, police cooperation, volunteer organisations, regional businesses, nations, etc.

In consequence, topics thus include grass-root and volunteer initiatives, regeneration of disaster areas, democratic failures, polder maintenance, irrigation projects, innovative practices, fishery agreements, improving welfare organisations, leveraging local resistance, greening agreements, Brexit, devolvement of governing power, support of consumer and/or producers collectives and the design of scientific OR methods.

The organisers look forward to international participation.

Bios

Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo 

Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo is Senior Lecturer in Operations and Logistics Management at the Lincoln International Business School (LIBS). His research explores challenges on the development and maintenance of collaborative environments that support individual and collective performances. His practical research aim is to identify contributions from different languages and devices to support sustainable human action in areas such as entrepreneurship, and logistics and supply chain.

Martha Vahl 

Martha Vahl trained as an adult education worker and studied Social Science (community work, social support, adult education) at the University of Amsterdam. She worked as a researcher for the University of Amsterdam, the University of Hull, Nyenrode University, and the University of Lincoln. She is specialised in community development, evaluation research in the third sector and social innovation with local authorities, NHS, Community Development Foundation and various others in the UK and abroad with Kennisland (Netherlands). As a volunteer she is active in various organisations, e.g. Community Assets Plus, and volunteers as a Parish Councillor/website coordinator for her village in rural Lincolnshire. Her main hobby is gardening and she also likes playing Backgammon in the Lincoln Backgammon Club.

Rebecca Herron  

Rebecca is a Reader in OR and Systems at the Lincoln International Business School and head of CORU (The Community Operational Research Unit). She has been part of the Social Issues Network (South Lincolnshire) since its foundation in 2011 and has worked on several other national initiatives developing Community-Based Research and Informal Learning. Becky teaches Research Methods and Design, Operations, Community Organisation (Non-profit Management) and Humanitarian Logistics – predominantly at Masters level. Her research interests relate to the self-organisation of communities (their knowledge, organisations and networks), Community learning and research, the development and sustainability of non-profit organisations and community heritage networks."

 

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