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Personal Statement

Valerie Belton gained degrees in mathematics and operational research (OR) from Durham and Lancaster Universities respectively. She then took up a post with the Civil Aviation Authority, before completing a Doctorate at Cambridge. Prior to joining Strathclyde in 1988 she held a lectureship in the OR Department at the University of Kent.


Val's principal focus of research interest is Multicriteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). This research, which has focused on the theoretically and practically well founded use of MCDA methodologies, has been primarily practice-led. Integration, across MCDA methods and of MCDA with other management science methods and methodologies, is an important theme and underpins her book Multicriteria Decision Analysis: an Integrated Approach (2002), co-authored with Theo Stewart.

Val has been very active in the national and international OR communities throughout her career. In 1980 she was the first woman to be elected to the Council of the UK OR Society and since then has served in many roles, including President of EURO (The European Federation of OR Societies) from 2009-10, President of the UK OR Society (2004-2006) and President of the International Society for MCDM from 2000- 2004.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Master of Science, Lancaster University

Bachelor of Science, University of Durham

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Projects 2008 2019

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems | Alsop, Alfred

Strachan, S., Belton, V. & Alsop, A.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Doctoral Training Grant | Kemp, Neil

Lunn, R., Belton, V. & Kemp, N.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 1994 2018

Measuring organisational performance using a mix of OR methods

Santos, S. P., Belton, V. & Howick, S., 30 Jun 2018, In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 131, p. 18-30 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Research Design
Decision Support Techniques
Decision Making
Data envelopment analysis
6 Citations
Open Access
Multi-criteria Decision Analysis
Decision theory
Statistical tests
Weight Distribution


Assessing the options : disposal, recycling or re-use of UK legacy radioactive metals and depleted uranium

Author: Kemp, N., 1 Apr 2013

Supervisor: Belton, V. (Supervisor) & Lunn, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Managing schools, managing complexity : using viable system modelling to develop learning capacity

Author: CAREY, D. J. S., 1 Dec 2000

Supervisor: Belton, V. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Companion of the UK Operational Research Society

Valerie Belton (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

decision making criterion

Activities 2001 2018

European Journal of Operational Research (Journal)

Belton, V. (Guest editor), Bedford, T. (Guest editor), Pisinger David (Guest editor)
Feb 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal or guest editorship

External Examiner - MBA Programme

Belton, V. (External Examiner)
2015 → …

Activity: Examination