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Analytics research

The Department of Decision Analytics and Risk is built on five well-established and thriving research centres:


CORMSIS combines the Management Science (MS) and Information Systems groups from Southampton Business School and the Operational Research (OR) group from Mathematics. It is one of the top three OR/MS groups in the UK and is internationally recognised for excellence in research.

Consequently it has attracted funding from a wide range of sources including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Department for Trade and Industry, European Commission, Royal Society, British Council, Leverhulme, National Institute for Health Research, NHS and the European Space Agency. The research expertise of staff covers a wide range of methodologies and applications, with key themes in transportation and logistics, healthcare modelling, credit scoring, financial modelling, revenue management, data analytics, knowledge engineering, business intelligence, and problem structuring.

Our staff and students undertake up to 50 industrial projects annually, sponsored by UK, EU and overseas organisations.


CRR has developed a distinctive, interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of risk, which has established it as one of the world’s leading centres of risk research and brings together internationally recognised researchers across a range of quantitative and qualitative disciplines, including, finance, psychology, management science, economics and computer science.

We have an international reputation for our work on project risk management and in the analysis of financial risks, and have attracted considerable research grant income from a range of government sources and research councils and from a number of international organisations including Wintermute, London Capital Group, Ladbrokes, International Software Systems, Star Financial Systems.

Many of our projects are undertaken in partnership with colleagues from elsewhere in the University of Southampton such as Electronics and Computer Science, the Transportation Research Group, Aerospace, Complexity, Web Sciences, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, Social Statistics, Law and Psychology.

Advanced Project Management Research Centre

The Advanced Project Management Research Centre (APROM) is a leader at the forefront of cutting-edge research and enterprise within the University of Southampton Business School’s Operations, Projects, Purchasing and Supply group. CentasPM is a multi-disciplinary team of academics and industry experts who have developed local, national and international reputation for excellence in the related fields of decision making, digitalisation, artificial intelligence, innovation, risk research, knowledge management, soft skills development, sustainability and competitive positioning. In these areas we have undertaken successful research grant applications, regularly publishing papers in international journals and deliver world leading consultancy and professional short courses.

Product Returns Group

Product returns are an increasing problem, especially in multichannel retail. For instance, many consumers find it very convenient to order products for Click&Collect and then return unwanted products to store. Many retailers consider dealing with returns as an unavoidable cost of doing business, yet they are unaware of the scale and importance of the returns problem. It is a multifaceted challenge that requires interdisciplinary solutions. We are a team of academics working with retailers and manufacturers to explore ways to streamline returns processes, assess the true costs of returns, influencing customer behaviour, making returns more sustainable, using circular economy concepts, and other aspects.

Centre for Healthcare Analytics

The CfHA is result of collaboration between NiHR ARC Wessex and Southampton Business School.  We bring the specialities from Southampton Business School, and CORMSIS,  across the University and externally to build a leading healthcare analytics practice and knowledge base.

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