This talk will cover some theoretical and practical problems in the handing of situations where decision makers can take a number of policy actions which have differential impacts across a population, and wish to distribute resources in an “equitable” way. This is a problem which has many applications in large engineering and management systems (transportation and telecommunications networks, healthcare systems, project allocation by a national government or supranational agency). We will contextualise and motivate our discussion by presenting a case study of healthcare prioritisation on the Isle of Wight, England, and present some novel technical machinery which might help support decision making when there is a concern about inequality but a reluctance to specify precise trade-offs between gains to different population subgroups. The talk will be framed as a 10 year research journey from motivating problem to final journal publication.
Alec Morton has degrees from the University of Manchester and the University of Strathclyde. He has worked for Singapore Airlines, the National University of Singapore, and the London School of Economics, and has held visiting positions at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Aalto University in Helsinki, and the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, and has been on secondment at the National Audit Office. His main interests are in decision analysis and health economics, and he is one of the developers of the STAR toolkit sponsored by the Health Foundation. Alec is a member of the International Decision Support Initiative and the Health Service Research Centre of USTC. He has been active in the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society and the Operational Research (OR) Society. He is on the Editorial Board of Decision Analysis and is an Associate Editor for the EURO Journal on Decision Processes, the Transactions of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and OR Spectrum. Past consulting clients include the National Audit Office, the Department of Health, the Environment Agency, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria. His papers have won awards from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and the Society for Risk Analysis. His book, Portfolio Decision Analysis, with Jeff Keisler and Ahti Salo won the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society publication award in 2013 and his paper “CUT: A Multicriteria Approach for Concavifiable Preferences” (with Nikos Argyris and Jose Figueira) was a finalist for the same prize in 2016.
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