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Personal Statement

Alec Morton has degrees from the University of Manchester and the University of Strathclyde. He has worked for Singapore Airlines, the National University of Singapore, and the London School of Economics, has held visiting positions at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Aalto University in Helsinki, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, and the National Audit Office and is a member of the International Decision Support Initiative. His main interests are in decision analysis and health economics.  His research is funded by the European Commission, the Department of Health, the Medical Research Council and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Chief Scientist's Office of the Scottish NHS.

Alec has been active in the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society, EURO and ISPOR. He is on the Editorial Board of Decision Analysis and is an Associate Editor for the EURO Journal on Decision Processes, the Transactions of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and OR Spectrum. Past consulting clients include the National Audit Office, the Department of Health, the Environment Agency, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria. His papers have won awards from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and the Society for Risk Analysis.  His book Portfolio Decision Analysis with Jeff Keisler and Ahti Salo won the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society publication award in 2013 and his paper "CUT: A Multicriteria Approach for Concavifiable Preferences" (with Nikos Argyris and Jose Figueira) was a finalist for the same prize in 2016 .

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Decision analysis
  • Health economics
  • Health policy
  • Health systems financing

Teaching Interests

My teaching experience has been in the area of decision analysis, statistics, problem structuring methods and consulting skills. I have also taught courses on healthcare management and policy.

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Selected Projects 2014 2023

Selected Research Output 1999 2020

19 Citations (Scopus)

Policy analysis and policy analytics

Daniell, K. A., Morton, A. & Rios Insua, D., 2016, In : Annals of Operations Research. 236, 1, p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Policy analysis
Public policy
Emergency planning
Social services
32 Citations (Scopus)

Inequity averse optimisation in operational research

Karsu, Ö. & Morton, A., 1 Sep 2015, In : European Journal of Operational Research. 245, 2, p. 343-359 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Operations Research
8 Citations (Scopus)

Measurement issues in the evaluation of projects in a project portfolio

Morton, A., 16 Sep 2015, In : European Journal of Operational Research. 245, 3, p. 789-796 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Decision theory
Multi-criteria Decision Analysis
Acoustic waves
6 Citations (Scopus)

From data to decisions? Exploring how healthcare payers respond to the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare in England

Schang, L., Morton, A., DaSilva, P. & Gwyn, B., 1 Jan 2014, In : Health Policy. 114, 1, p. 79-87 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Primary Health Care
Small-Area Analysis
Delivery of Health Care
13 Citations (Scopus)

CUT: a multicriteria approach for concavifiable preferences

Argyris, N., Morton, A. & Figuerira, J. R., Jun 2014, In : Operations Research. 62, 3, p. 633 - 642 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Decision maker
Value function
Project portfolio
Portfolio selection
13 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Healthcare Disparities
Delivery of Health Care
Resource Allocation
Mathematical programming
17 Citations (Scopus)

STAR—people-powered prioritization: a 21st-century solution to allocation headaches

Airoldi, M., Morton, A., Smith, J. & Bevan, G., 1 Nov 2014, In : Medical Decision Making. 34, 8, p. 965-975 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Resource Allocation
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Health Planning
53 Citations (Scopus)

Patrolling games

Alpern, S., Morton, A. & Papadaki, K., Sep 2011, In : Operations Research. 59, 5, p. 1246-1257 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Economic burden of diarrheal diseases and effect of vaccination - experience from a lower middle-income country

Author: Sarker, M. A. R., 1 Oct 2018

Supervisor: Morton, A. D. (Supervisor) & van der Meer, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Pharmaceutical Economics
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

Best paper award for a paper in Risk Analysis

Alexander David Morton (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Risk analysis

Activities 2011 2016

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

Alec Morton (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Plenary talk at HTAsialink

Alec Morton (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences