University of Strathclyde Professors

Dr. John Quigley
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Dr. Quigley is an Industrial Statistician with expertise in developing and applying statistical and stochastic methods to build decision support models. In particular, he has extensive experience in developing models for reliability growth analysis. For example, with his colleague Professor Walls, they were actively leading activities in the DTI/aerospace industry funded project, Reliability Enhancement Methodology and Modelling (REMM) which was awarded the Simms Prize by the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has been involved in consultancy and applied research projects for reliability growth with, for example, Aero-Engine Controls, Rolls Royce, Irving Aerospace, BAE SYSTEMS and the MOD. The model developed as part of the REMM project is included in the industry standard for reliability growth analysis methods, BS/IEC 61164 as well as contributing to the Strathclyde Business Schools impact cases for the Research Enhancement Framework.

Beyond defence, Dr. Quigley has experience of developing decision support models for asset management for energy utilities (e.g. Scottish Power, SSE), water utilities (KTP with Scottish Water) and critical infrastructure (e.g. anchorage condition assessment of Forth Road Bridge). Wider modelling has been in support of risk analysis (e.g. supplier risk analysis with Rolls Royce as part on a major ongoing EPSRC research project, risk of train derailments with Railway Safety and Standards Board).

Dr. Quigley has worked with the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) training staff for elicitation and quantification of expert uncertainty as well as leading the COST Working Group on Processes and Procedures for eliciting expert judgment. The COST project resulted in the book Elicitation: The Science and Art of Structuring Judgement.

 Dr. Quigley is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Chartered Statistician, and a member of the Safety and Reliability Society. He has a Bachelor of Mathematics in Actuarial Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a PhD in Management Science from the University of Strathclyde.

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Dr. David Comerford Pasted Image

Dr. Comerford is a Research Associate in Economics and Environmental Modelling at the Fraser of Allander Institute. He works across environmental and energy economics. In particular, he provides economic analysis to the Supergen Wind project, and he leads the Fraser of Allander/Scottish Government project linking natural capital/ecosystem services with economy-wide models. 

He has a diverse set of research interests within applied micro- and macro-economics with the common theme of trying to inform long term policy issues. Amongst other projects, he has worked on the link between state size and productivity using trade models, the problem of optimal climate change policy using models with credit frictions, and he has studied inequality using microsimulation models. 

The goal of his work is to provide policy relevant research, and his experience to date has included engaging with policy makers and writing in the press, both about general economic issues and about his specific research. 

His Ph.D in economics was awarded in July 2013 by the University of Edinburgh. Before returning to university to study economics, he was a qualified life insurance Actuary. His previous degrees were in Mathematics and Physics. 

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Dr. Grant Allan 
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Dr. Allan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute. Prior to 2013, he was a Research Assistant and Research Fellow in the Fraser of Allander Institute. 

Grant has research interests in applied regional economic analysis and modelling, particularly in the areas of energy and tourism. 

He is very willing to supervise suitably qualified PhD students in his fields of interest. 

Grant currently teaches Macroeconomics (3rd year); Energy Economics (MSc); Socioeconomics of Energy (DTC in Wind and Marine Energy Systems); and Socio-economic and policy of offshore renewables (Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy). 

He is Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes for the Department of Economics and Director of MSc in Applied Economics and MSc in Economics and Finance. 

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Dr. Kerem Akartunali 
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Dr. Akartunali is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Management Science at Strathclyde Business School, where he joined as John Anderson Research Lecturer (JARL) in Optimization in 2010, and also a Visiting Professor at Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science (ICMC-USP) of University of São Paulo.  After completing his Ph.D. in 2007 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in optimization, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne in collaboration with Constraint Technologies International, an Australian software company, on airline planning and scheduling problems.  Kerem’s research expertise lies primarily in integer programming and its applications, in particular in lot-sizing/production planning, transportation scheduling/planning, radiation treatment planning optimization, nurse rostering and network optimization. 

Dr. Kerem's research has been funded by various bodies/organizations including Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Capita and US Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  He has been an active member of INFORMS and Mathematical Optimization Society since 2003. He was the elected chair of the OR Group of Scotland (the regional branch of OR Society) betwen 2012-2016, and he is currently a member of the OR Society Research Panel, and EURO Working Group in Lotsizing Board.  Kerem regularly reviews articles for many prestigious journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, IIE Transactions, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Naval Research Logistics and Operations Research. 

Dr. Kerem has worked with many organizations, including First Milk, NHS, Scottish Power, Scottish Southern Energy and Technip, in a variety of projects ranging from short-term consultancy/knowledge exchange to long-term research partnerships. 

In his spare time, Kerem likes to play ultimate frisbee and go hiking. 

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Dr. Stuart McIntyre 

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Dr. McIntyre is a lecturer in the Department of Economics, and course co-Director of the MSc in Global Energy Management. He is affiliated with the Fraser of Allander Institute, and is a Faculty Research Affiliate at the Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University. 

Dr. McIntyre has research interests in regional/spatial economics and energy/environment/natural resource economics. 

He is very willing to supervise suitably qualified PhD students in his fields of interest. 

Dr. McIntyre will also provide economic advice on a consultancy basis, particularly in the areas of regional/local and energy policy. 

He currently teaches classes on Introduction to Economics (year 1); Microeconomics (year 3); and organizes the Global Energy Forum class based on industry engagement seminars. 

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Dr. Alex Dickson
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Dr. Dickson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2008. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Keele in 2005 and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Manchester from 2005-2007. 

Dr. Dickson is a microeconomist, and has research interests in the fields of bilateral oligopoly and contests where he exploits his understanding of aggregative games; in industrial organisation; and in behavioural economics. 

He is very willing to supervise suitably qualified PhD students in his fields of interest. 

Dr. Dickson will also provide thoughtful and clear economic advice on a consultancy basis, particularly in the areas of Industrial Economics and Behavioural Economics. 

He currently teaches classes on Microeconomics (yr 3); Behavioural Economics (hons); Industrial Organisation (SGPE MSc); and Game Theory (MSc and MBA). He is also Director of Postgraduate Research. 

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Dr. Matthew Revie 
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Dr. Revie’s primary role is to support the departments KE agenda by establishing high quality KE programmes in the area of Decision Analysis and Risk Management. This includes identifying projects and securing funding, engaging with clients to identify and develop innovative analytical solutions to existing problems, converting this to applied research publications and delivering industry-facing training courses.  

He has worked on over 25 KE projects with more than 15 different organisations and he has co-founded two industry facing research units: the Risk Consortium in 2009 and the Centre for Intelligent Asset Management (CIAM) in 2011. He has published in 3* and 4* journals (Association of Business School list) and he is responsible for supervising and managing the output of 6 postdoc researchers and 6 PhD students. He is on the editorial board of the IMechE Journal of Risk and Reliability, on the Board of Directors for the European Safety and Reliability Data Association, and a Fellow of the Operational Research Society. He is also Director of KE for the Department of Management Science and Associate Dean for KE and External Engagement for SBS. 

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University of Strathclyde PhD Students

Andrea Verzobio
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Research Topic 

Decision making; Bayesian data analysis; Expected utility theory; Heuristic; Mechanical Equivalent; Structural Health Monitoring; SHM Value of Information; Elicitation process. 

Personal introduction 

Andrea Verzobio achieved his master’s degree in civil engineering with full marks and honors at the University of Trento, Italy, in 2016. The dissertation was about the estimation of Bayesian parameters about a damage plasticity model for diverse types of intact rock, regarding the Brenner BasisTunnel (BBT). He was an assistant researcher at the same university from November 2016 to March 2017. Currently, he is a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom. The supervisors are Prof. Daniele Zonta (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Prof. John Quigley (Department of Management Science). His research activities include decision making, Bayesian data analysis, expected utility theory, heuristic, mechanical equivalent, Structural Health Monitoring, SHM Value of Information and elicitation process. He is writing papers for the main conferences in his field of interest, including IWSHM, EWSHM, SHMII, ICOSSAR, SPIE, ICASP and IABMAS 

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Giorgio CabreraPasted Image

Research Topic 

Carbon capture and storage (CCS); Modelling; Industrial organization theory; Micro-economics; Policy frameworks; Environmental Policy; Carbon capture and utilization (CCU). 

Personal introduction 

Giorgio Cabrera is a PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom. He firstly achieved his undergraduate studies and masters’ degree at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Respectively, he obtained a 2:1 score in his bachelor’s degree studying Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, and then achieved a first with distinction in Applied Mathematical Science for his masters’ degree.  

Giorgio’s PhD research interest is modelling the economic feasibility of carbon capture and storage (CCS) at a firm level. The specific methodology that he uses is an industrial organization approach, a field in economics. CCS is a mitigation strategy that achieves large carbon dioxide emissions in both the power and industrial sector. However, its current deployment state is nowhere near its full potential and required contribution to the global phenomenon of global warming. Therefore, Giorgio is also interested in finding policy solutions to inform the relevant stakeholders of the ongoing problems with CCS. His main PhD supervisors are Prof. John Quigley (Department of Management Science), Dr. Alex Dickson and Dr. David Comerford (both in the Department of Economics).  

Currently, Giorgio is also on an exchange program funded by the Global Engagement (GE). GE is a Strathclyde Staff funding support to develop and enhance strategic, sustainable, and mutually beneficial collaborations with leading academic institutions and organizations outside of the United Kingdom. Thus, at the moment Giorgio is an international visiting PhD student at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He will be at University of Waterloo (UW) for six months working not only to develop a deeper understanding of his current works, but also pursue further research works on the topic of carbon capture and utilization (CCU). CCU is a process that reutilizes carbon dioxide emission that helps the conversion of useful products – e.g. bio-fuels, chemicals, plastics and many more. His co-supervisors working with him at UW are Prof. Eric Croiset, Prof. Peter Douglas (both in the Department of Chemical Engineering) and Associate Prof. Alain Nimubona (Department of Economics).

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University of Waterloo Professor

Giovanni Cascante

Giovanni Cascante is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He was previously taught, and was the Undergraduate Associate Chair for UWaterloo’s Civil Engineering program at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) campus.

Professor Cascante’s research interests include non-destructive testing of civil infrastructure using mechanical waves, using non-contact vibration measurements for processing digital signals, studying the numerical simulations of wave prorogation, and analysing dynamic soil characterization. His current sources of research funding are from NSERC, CFI, OCE, MTO, Thurber Engineering Ltd., Golder Associates, and Waterloo Geophysics Inc.

Apart from UWaterloo, Professor Cascante is affiliated with Professional Engineers Ontario, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Canadian Society of Geotechnical Engineers. He is also affiliated with the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, and the Venezuelan Society of Seismic Engineering.


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University of Waterloo PhD Student

Bronwyn Lazowski
Bronwyn Lazowski is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the social aspects of residential smart grid technology adoption. In particular, her mixed-methods research investigates the potential of smart grid engagement mechanisms (e.g., in-home displays, web portals, goal-setting and scheduling) to engage consumers with the smart grid and to shape energy practices in order to achieve conservation and demand management objectives. Bronwyn’s research develops Stephenson et al.’s (2010) Energy Cultures Framework to assess how the introduction of smart grid technologies influences consumption norms, practices and technological adoption, or the movement towards a ‘smart’ residential energy culture.

Two residential case studies in Ontario, Canada are the focus of Bronwyn’s research. One is based in Milton, Ontario and investigates the influence of smart panel technology on household decision-making and overall residential consumption culture. The second case study investigates the impacts of a large-scale implementation of in-home displays. Through her research, Bronwyn aims to bring insights on how to implement a consumer-centered approach to smart grid program and policy design for the development of effective policies and meaningful technological design and the achievement of a ‘smart’ and ‘sustainable’ energy culture at the residential scale. Bronwyn is a renewal recipient of the Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship.

Bronwyn Lazowski also partook in a Research communication workshop on February 26, 2018. This event was organized by Women in Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) group. Bronwyn researches smart grid technologies in the residential context.
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