Susan Howick is a Professor of Management Science and Vice-Dean (Academic) for Strathclyde Business School. 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 Vice-President of the Operational Research Society in 2019-2021 and 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 on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Operational Research and is an Associate Editor of the System Dynamics Review. Her consultancy experience includes projects for Bombardier, Strathclyde Police, Reed Elsevier, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Scottish and Southern Energy.
Susan has 25 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.
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.
- European Journal of Operational Research (Journal)
- Editorial board member
- External Examiner for PhD Thesis at University of Gothenburg
- Women in Operational Research and Analytics Network (External organisation)
- EPSRC Peer Review Panel: Mathematical Sciences (Event)
- External Examiner of PhD Thesis at University of Bristol
- External Examiner for PhD Thesis at University of Bergen, Norway
More professional activities
- Nunavut Search and Rescue (NSAR) Project: Supporting Inuit Health and Well-Being, Food Security, Economic Development, and Community Resilience
- Quigley, John (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator) Walls, Lesley (Co-investigator) Wright, George (Co-investigator)
- 06-Jan-2022 - 05-Jan-2025
- 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)
- 01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
- EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) / R160677-104
- Morton, Alec (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator)
- 01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017
- Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) H2020 (SC7)
- Howick, Susan (Principal Investigator)
- 01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2018
- Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) Studentship
- van der Meer, Robert (Principal Investigator) Howick, Susan (Co-investigator)
- Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) Studentship in relation to Amanda Stewart (PhD student)
- 01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2019
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