Women in OR & Analytics Network

The Women in OR & Analytics Network is a newly-established network for female OR practitioners and academics.

The gender imbalance in OR and STEM in general still presents many challenges both for academics and practitioners.

Whilst there is a lot of literature about the low proportions of women in STEM careers, no work had specifically been undertaken on the UK OR profession until 2018 when The OR Society sponsored three MSc research projects on the theme of women in OR.

Key findings from the three projects concluded that The OR Society should establish a network for women at work in OR and analytics to build strong, encouraging connections.

We need you

We need your voice, your knowledge and your experience in this group. Help us to build a strong, self-supporting network and to set better conditions for the next cohort of young women launching into their careers in OR and analytics.

Committee details

Network Committee

Person Role

Ruth Kaufman

Hugo Herrera

Nadia Papamichail

Acting Chairs
Maria Sofia Alul Secretary

Events Subcommittee

Person Role
Ruth Kaufman Chair
Beth Tinsley Member
Jana Ries Member
Sheema Noorain Member
Stephen Maher Member
Sumitra Sri Bhashyam Member

PR & Media Subcommittee

Person Role
Hugo Herrera Chair
Annunziata Esposito Amideo Member
Maria Sofia Alul Member
Seda Sucu Member

Mentoring Subcommittee

Nadia Papamichail Chair
Antuela Tako Member
Büsra Atamer Balkan Member
Kathy Kotiadis Member
Sonya Crowe Member

Related Documents

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Imposter Syndrome: WORAN event slides Ruth Kaufman 25/02/2021 1.00  
Survive and Thrive: WORAN July Event Slides Frances O'Brien 16/07/2020 1.00  
OR Lockdown and You - Post Event Report Ruth Kaufman 01/06/2020 1.00  

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Come to our next event

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Exploring Gender Bias in the Operational Research and Analytics profession with systems thinking   

Date: 23 June 2022, 13.30 - 14.30

Antuela Tako, Reader in OR, Loughborough University

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OR Society’s membership consists of an approximately equal 50:50 split between men and female members, with a very small proportion identifying as other gender. However, there is a gender imbalance in the career progression of women in the OR and analytics professions. Unconscious biases are considered to be a major cause of the stunted career growth of women. WORAN commissioned an MSc project that took place at Loughborough University in the summer 2021 to explore the issue of gender bias using systems thinking. Data on the experiences of the OR Society’s WORAN and EURO WISDOM members of gender bias were collected through an anonymous questionnaire survey and then analysed using causal loop diagrams.

This event discusses the data, the barriers and enablers of gender bias affecting women’s careers in the OR and Analytics profession, and concludes with some recommended actions that we could be taking at personal and institutional level to tackle gender bias in the OR and analytics professions.



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