The Beale Medal


The OR Society's Beale Medal is awarded in memory of the late Martin Beale. It gives recognition to a sustained contribution over many years to the theory, practice, or philosophy of OR in the UK, or to some combination of those areas. More details of Beale's life can be found in this short biography.

For each year, nominations are required by 30 April of that year. The rules and conditions are set out below.

Citation for Beale Medal 2020

Professor Val Belton

Over the past 30 years, Professor Belton has established an international reputation for outstanding and innovative research in Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). She is widely recognised as one of the leading researchers of her generation in this field. She has published over 80 scientific articles in all the leading OR journals and has supervised a large number of PhD students. 

In her research, important themes include the integration of MCDA with other management science methods and methodologies (and also the combination of several different MCDA methods), most recently with a focus on problem structuring for MCDA. Her research has included work on performance measurement and management.

In addition to her theoretical academic contributions, her work has been hugely influential on practice, and she has collaborated with a wide range of different organisations. She also developed the MCDA software VISA; whose aim was to make MCDA methods accessible to non-expert users in a user-friendly platform.  

She has held the post of Professor of Management Science at the University of Strathclyde since 1999. Her wider professional appointments include President of EURO, 2009 – 2010 (President Elect 2008, Immediate Past President 2011); Editor of the Journal of Multicriteria Decision Analysis (2000 - 2009); President of the UK Operational Research Society, 2004-2005 (President Elect 2003, Immediate Past President 2006), and President of the International Society for MCDM, 2000 – 2004 (President Elect 1997-2000, Immediate Past President 2004-2007). She is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Multicriteria Decision Analysis (appointed 2009); European Journal of Operational Research (appointed 2010); and the European Journal of Decision Processes (appointed 2011).

She has been awarded several prestigious honours over her distinguished career, including Companionship of the UK Operational Research Society (for service to the profession) in 2011, the Georg Cantor Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society for Multiple Criteria Decision Making in 2008, and the Presidential Award of the International Society for Multiple Criteria Decision Making in 2004. 

Over and above her academic achievements in research, she has made major contributions to The OR Society and EURO. In addition to having been president of both societies, she also chaired the 1994 EURO-k conference and co-chaired the 2015 conference, both held in Glasgow. 

Val’s impressive achievements over three decades wholly fulfil the criteria for the award of the Beale medal, demonstrating a sustained contribution over many years to the theory, practice, or philosophy of OR in the UK.

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