Behavioural OR past meetings

Behavioural Aspects of OR Interventions in Transformation Projects

Venue: Warwick Business School, The Shard, London
Speaker: Leroy White, Leasil Burrow, Dr Konstantinos Katsikopolous
Date: Monday, 11 June 2018 at 10:00 - 15:15

Dear SIG members, 

We are pleased to invite you to an event on “Behavioural Aspects of OR Interventions in Transformation Projects” on Mon, 11 June 2018 at Warwick Business School, The Shard, London. 

This is a free event but places are limited. Please register via Eventbrite:

The aim of this workshop is to examine our understanding of behavioural insights in evidence-based decision processes in transformation projects. This is an interactive day with the opportunity for networking and peer-to-peer learning through the sharing of experiences.

The programme is below.

10.00 Arrival 

10.15 Welcome by Prof Leroy White

10.30 Optimists, dreamers and fibbers; how transformation programmes get mangled by good intentions by Leasil Burrow, Associate Fellow, University of Oxford and Executive in Residence, Lancaster University

11.00 When should we use simple decision models? A synthesis of various research strands by Dr Konstantinos Katsikopolous, Associate Professor of Behavioural Operations, Southampton Business School

11.30 Interactive Session- part I

12:15 Networking Lunch

12:45 Interactive Session- part II

14:00 Feedback

14.45 Closure

15.15 Departure

Leader and Host of the event: Leroy White (WBS) 

Coordination: Katharina Burger (University of Portsmouth) 

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. 

Delegates are asked to allow sufficient time for security checks at The Shard and are reminded that photographic ID will be required by the Shard Security team. Further information about the venue can be found online, 

Please note that the interactive sessions will be recorded. Full ethics information will be provided.


Changing Behaviour Through Designed Interventions

Venue:  University of Warwick’s London facilities - The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG
Speaker: Event Leader - Alberto Franco, Host - Leroy White
Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 10:00 - 17:00

Further information about the venue can be found online, 

The programme will run from 10:00 – 17:00. 


Tentative title of the event: “Changing behaviour through designed interventions” 

Description of the event: As the interest in developing the behavioural agenda within OR continues to gather momentum, we are pleased to invite you to a meeting organised by the Behavioural OR Special Interest Group. The meeting will take place on 28 June 2017 at the University of Warwick’s London facilities (The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG). The topic of the meeting is “Changing Behaviour through designed interventions”, and the day will be comprised of a mix of talks and interactive activities delivered by practitioners and academics. 

Leader of the event: Alberto Franco

Host: Leroy White

Coordination: Martin Kunc

Draft Agenda for the day

10.00    Arrival

10.30   Welcome

10.45  Talk by Barbara Fasolo (LSE) - When nudging meets dread and trade-offs: The case of the London Bombings and NHS Hospital Choice

12.00  Talk by Simon Ruda (BI team) - Behavioural insights in the government: nudges that work…and nudges that don’t

13.15   Lunch

14.15   Interactive session by Gilberto Montibeller (Loughborough) - Debiasing judgements in Risk and Decision Analysis

15.15   Coffee break

15.30   Final talk by Daniel Read (WBS) - Nudge Awareness : Investigating the limits of libertarian paternalism

16.45   Closure by Leroy White (WBS)

17.00   Departure         

If you have any further queries please contact Martin Kunc at [email protected]


Bridging the gap between analysis and implementation

Venue: Dstl Portsdown West (PO17 6AD)
Speaker: Various
Date: Friday, 16 October 2015 at 10:00 - 16:00

Are you an OR practitioner who has overcome challenges in getting your findings adopted? Or an academic who also has insights to share? Then this event is for you!

The Behavioural OR, Decision Analysis, Defence and Public Policy Design SIGs are holding a joint event focussed on 'Bridging the gap between analysis and implementation'. The aims for the event are to identify common success factors for the ready exploitation of analysis products and to identify knowledge gaps that should be addressed through research.

The morning session will comprise a number of short talks from a mix of OR academics and practitioners including Prof. Colin Eden (Strathclyde University), Mr. Peter Miles (Catalyze Consulting), Mr. Max Moullin (Sheffield Business School), Mr. Rob Solly (Dstl), Prof. Leroy White (Warwick University) and Dr. Mike Yearworth (University of Bristol).

The afternoon session will comprise two interactive workshops to identify (i) common success factors for the ready exploitation of analysis products and (ii) knowledge gaps that should be addressed through research.

Places are limited and so if you have not already registered for this event then please contact Peter Miles – petermiles(at) - no later than Thursday 8th October.

Event Committee

POC: David Lowe - david.lowe(at)

Developing Behavioural Operational Research in a Health Context

Venue: 102A. Skipton House, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 0BT
Speaker: Geoff Royston, David Lane, Konstantinos Katsikopoulos, Dave Buxton, Sally Brailsford
Date: Wednesday, 17 December 2014 at 10:30 - 16:00

An excellent set of speakers:

  • Geoff Royston, former president of the OR Society
  • David Lane, winner of the OR Society Presidents Medal 2014
  • Konstantinos Katsikopoulos, Max Planck Institute, Berlin
  • Dave Buxton, Decision Labs (SIG co-chair)
  • Max Moullin, Public Sector Scorecard Research Centre and Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sally Brailsford, University of Southampton (SIG co-chair)

Hosted by Tony O’Connor  - Chair of Government Operational Research Service

Your chance to explore and inform the development of a new theme in OR and to hear how behavioural techniques are influencing modelling and delivery of health care systems

All welcome.   What will nudge you to come?

Spaces are limited so to reserve a place please email Claire Ginn at  [email protected]