Professor Valerie Belton

Management Science

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.


Prizes and awards

Presidential Award of the European Association of Operational Research Societies
Companion of the UK Operational Research Society
President of the European Association of Operational Research Societies (EURO) - President Elect 2008, Past President 2010
Georg Cantor Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society for Multiple Criteria Decision Making
Presidential Award of the International Society for Multiple Criteria Decision Making

more prizes and awards


Utilizing ecosystem service classifications in multi-criteria decision analysis – Experiences of peat extraction case in Finland
Mustajoki Jyri, Saarikoski Heli, Belton Valerie, Hjerppe Turo, Marttunen Mika
Ecosystem Services Vol 41 (2020)
Methods to inform the development of concise objectives hierarchies in multi-criteria decision analysis
Marttunen Mika, Haag Fridolin, Belton Valerie, Mustajoki Jyri, Leinert Judit
European Journal of Operational Research Vol 277, pp. 604-620 (2019)
Collaborative management of ecosystem services in natural parks based on AHP and PROMETHEE
Segura Marina, Maroto Concepción, Belton Valerie, Ginestar Concepción, Marqués Inmaculada
Multiple Criteria Decision Making and Aiding (2019) (2019)
Measuring organisational performance using a mix of OR methods
Santos Sérgio P, Belton Valerie, Howick Susan
Technological Forecasting and Social Change Vol 131, pp. 18-30 (2018)
Are objectives hierarchy related biases observed in practice? A meta-analysis of environmental and energy applications of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis
Martunnen Mika, Belton Valerie, Leinert Judit
European Journal of Operational Research Vol 265, pp. 178-194 (2018)
Structuring problems for Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in practice : a literature review of method combinations
Marttunen Mika, Lienert Judit, Belton Valerie
European Journal of Operational Research Vol 263, pp. 1-17 (2017)

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Professional activities

European Journal of Operational Research (Journal)
Guest editor
External Examiner - MBA Programme
External Examiner
EURO Journal on Decision Processes (Journal)
Editorial board member
PhD, Miloslawa Fink, An original multi-stage MCDA framework for supplier selection
External Examiner
HDR, Dr Miriam Merdad, Processus d’aide à la decision en gestion des risques
External Examiner
Editorial board member, European Journal of Operational Research
Editorial board member

more professional activities


EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems | Alsop, Alfred
Strachan, Scott (Principal Investigator) Belton, Valerie (Co-investigator) Alsop, Alfred (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2019
Doctoral Training Grant | Kemp, Neil
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) Belton, Valerie (Co-investigator) Kemp, Neil (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2009 - 16-Jan-2015
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant | Morgan, Jennifer
Belton, Valerie (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator) Morgan, Jennifer (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2008 - 25-Jan-2013

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