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Professor Susan Howick

Management Science

Personal statement

Susan Howick is a Professor of Management Science. She gained a BSc in Mathematics from Dundee University and a MSc in Operational Research and a PhD in Management Science from Strathclyde. Her main research interest lies in taking a systems perspective when using models to support decision-makers. She has developed approaches to systemic risk evaluation and modelled highly disrupted projects to understand the causes of project failure. She is also interested in exploring approaches to integrating models that promote client value from the modelling process.

Susan was President of the Policy Council for the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society in 2007-08.  She won the Operational Research Society Goodeve medal for her joint paper with Colin Eden "The Impact of Disruption and Delay when Compressing Large Projects: Going for Incentives?" 2001.  Susan is a member of the Publications Committee of the System Dynamics Society.  Her consultancy experience includes projects for Bombardier, Strathclyde Police, Reed Elsevier, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Scottish and Southern Energy.


Has expertise in:

    Susan’s research interests are in system dynamics modelling, the integration of modelling methods, disruption and delay analysis on complex projects, applying systems methods to project risk management

Prizes and awards

Elected to General Council of the Operational Research Society
Best Paper Award at the 17th International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation
Elected to Publications Committee for International System Dynamics Society
Elected member of the Policy Council of the International System Dynamics Society
President of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society
Elected member of Policy Council of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society: Elected

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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)
Understanding the drivers of broadband adoption : the case of rural and remote Scotland
Howick S., Whalley J.
System DynamicsSystem Dynamics, (2018)
Stalking resilience : cities as vertebrae in society’s resilience backbone
Gonzalez Jose, Bang Magnus, Eden Colin, Eriksson Henrik, Gimenez Raquel, Hernantes Josune, Howick Susan, Marana Patricia, Pyrko Igor, Radianti Jazier, Amy Rankin, Sarriegi Jose
First IFIP Conference on Information Technology in Disaster Risk ReductionIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp. 31-45, (2017)
Fostering collaborations by managing different proximity dimensions : a hybrid system dynamics/agent-based model for academic entrepreneurship in innovation ecosystems
Wurth Bernd, Howick Susan, MacKenzie Niall
Technology Transfer Society Conference, (2017)
Risk systemicity and city resilience
Pyrko Igor, Howick Susan, Eden Colin
EURAM 2017, (2017)
Smart mature resilience
Pyrko Igor, Howick Susan, Eden Colin
3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference, (2017)

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Susan has 20 years of experience in teaching to undergraduate, postgraduate and post experience students. Programmes on which she regularly teaches are MBA, MSc Business Analysis & Consulting and MSc Operational Research. Her teaching includes general Management Science classes in additon to specialised classes in system dynamics and project risk management that reflect her key research interests. Susan has delivered training courses for organisations such as Bombardier Inc., Babcock, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Government. She has also taught extensively via distance learning and was involved in developing two unique online MSc's.

Research interests

My research interests include how multiple modelling methods can be integrated effectively to create robust, client-orientated decision support tools. I have been involved in creating such tools for clients in healthcare, engineering, construction and the energy sector. In addition, I have an interest in understanding what causes complex projects to overrun and in developing new risk assessment and management tools, which enable risk systemicity to be considered. 

Professional activities

34th International System Dynamics conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
Invited speaker at seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University
Invited speaker
External Examiner for PhD thesis for student at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
External Examiner
Invited speaker at seminar at Loughborough University
Invited speaker
Operational Research Society Conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
External Examiner at Stirling University
External Examiner

more professional activities


TIC LCPE Repowering Hydro Plants - a Decision Support Tool
Walls, Lesley (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator) Quigley, John (Co-investigator) Revie, Matthew (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) / R160677-104
Morton, Alexander David (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2016 - 31-Mar-2017
Doctoral Training Grant 2006 | Morgan, Jennifer
Belton, Valerie (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2008 - 25-Sep-2013
Ackermann, Fran (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator) Scotland, Alistair (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2010 - 01-Oct-2013
Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) Studentship
Van Der Meer, Robert (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Sep-2019
Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) H2020 (SC7)
Howick, Susan (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2015 - 30-Apr-2018

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