School of Business and Economics


Zoe Anastasiou

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Doctoral Researcher in Management Science and Operations

Zoe is a full-time doctoral researcher in the MSOM group, funded by a full studentship. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics & Economics (MORSE) from the University of Southampton. Prior to commencing her PhD studies in October 2016, Zoe completed MSc Business Analytics Consulting at Loughborough University and was awarded the Top Student Prize. Her dissertation ‘Decision Analytics for Preference Learning: A Scoping Study’ explored how decision analysis methods can be applied to the problem of preference learning.

During her time as a doctoral researcher, Zoe has been an active member of the research community. She has organised PhD research seminars for the MSOM group; served on the student-staff liaison committee 2016-2018 and was a member and the head of the organising committee for the annual doctoral conference in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Zoe attended and completed the EURO PhD Summer School in Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in July 2018.

Research Interest:

  • Multi-criteria decision analysis
  • Behavioural operational research
  • Interactive decision analysis
  • Incremental preference elicitation
  • Cognitive biases
  • Preference learning

The research is interested in the preference elicitation protocols interactive methods in decision analysis and the cognitive and behavioural issues which may affect their judgmental inputs. These protocols include the use of pairwise comparisons in a sequential manner to elicit preference information. The research intends to contribute to the development of interactive decision support methods by providing behavioural insights to the elicitation procedure. This will be done using online behavioural experiments.

Supervisors: Professor Gilberto Montibeller, Dr Nikos Argyris

Thesis Title/Topic: Exploring the anchoring bias in interactive decision analysis. 

Featured Publications:

Anastasiou, Z. (2017) ‘A knowledge integration perspective on sharing knowledge in multi-disciplinary analytics teams’ in Stacey, P. Managing Big Data Analytics Projects. Achamore Books.

Haini, H. and Anastasiou, Z. (2018) Financial inclusion and female borrowers in microfinance institutions in India: A two-stage double bootstrap approach (under review at Review of Development Finance; presented at DEA40: International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis, Aston University April 2018).