School of Business and Economics


18 Oct 2021

Research into Emerging Health Threat Management wins top award

Professors Gilberto Montibeller and L. Alberto Franco have been awarded the EURO Excellence in Practice Award for their research looking at the improvement of global risk management for emerging health threats.

Emerging health threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic, create extensive health, economic and social problems. A key challenge for health experts and policy makers is deciding how to balance and reduce the risk of these threats.

Pioneering research led by Professors Gilberto Montibeller and L. Alberto Franco, from the Management Science and Operations academic group at the Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, developed an advanced framework to support the prioritisation of emerging health threats.

Their research was awarded with the prestigious EURO Excellence in Practice Award, conferred by the Association of European Operational Research Societies, during the 31st EURO Conference on Operational Research held in Athens this year.

Helping DEFRA to enhance policy and regulations

The applied research project, Improving Global Risk Management of Emerging Heath Threats with Facilitated Decision Analysis, has been used to enhance the quality of health experts’ policy recommendations at the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), improving health risk control regulations.

Dr Helen Roberts, Science and Risk Advisor for DEFRA, said that the decision support tool developed in this research project “has been an important tool for supporting the Veterinary Risk Group in assessing a large number of animal health threats since 2014, in producing Covid response guidance, and in drawing national and supra-national legislation."

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