A British Academy research project conducted by Professor Paola Scaparra and colleagues has reached the final of the IFORS (International Federation of Operational Research Societies) Award for Operational Research in Development.
The GCRF-OSIRIS Project, funded by the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) through the British Academy, introduced a novel approach to identify cost-efficient measures to mitigate the impacts of urban flooding by integrating Operational Research (OR) with transport economics, climatology, hydrology and social science.
The proposed multi-disciplinary project worked closely with an established network of local authorities, researchers and communities and has catalysed interest in Vietnam and in neighbouring countries to develop capacity in OR to address development challenges.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the IFORS conference in South Korea where the winner was to be announced has been cancelled.
Professor Scaparra, Professor in Management Science, is Head of the Management Science group at Kent Business School, which covers a wide range of research areas in Operational Research and Systems Thinking.
For further information on the project, you can download a free copy of the IFORS March 2020 newsletter, where the project is detailed on page 26 or visit the research page on the Kent Business School website.