About Us

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Prof. Duncan Shaw is Professor of Operational Research and Critical Systems, Director of the Aston CRISIS Centre (A Centre for Research Into Safety and Security) and is based in the Operations and Information Management Group of Aston Business School, Birmingham. As an Operational Researcher, Duncan’s research interests include the development and application of operational research models to support effective decision making when there is great complexity and paralyzing uncertainty. This includes problem structuring methods, systems thinking methodologies, simulation and spreadsheet modelling. He has recently conducted research for: European Commission; ESRC; Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; Communities and Local Government; Department for Transport; Nuclear Installation Inspectorate; Health and Safety Executive; The Scottish Government; as well as ~45 other organisations. d.a.shaw@aston.ac.uk
Dr Patrick Tissington is a Senior Lecturer at Aston Business School, Birmingham and is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in the study of emergency decision making and crisis management. He has over 10 years experience of working with the emergency services and is a Visiting Fellow at the UK Fire Service College where he has trained Fire Officers at all levels in incident command and leadership. His PhD from Aberdeen University was sponsored by the UK Home Office and researched the emergency decision processes making of fire command teams. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the UK Defence Academy where he lectures on Operational Leadership. He is regularly interviewed for national TV and radio on a wide range of topics related to the military and emergency services.