Our Research

This innovative centre has developed a strong profile, with publications in a broad range of international journals. Its research strategy reflects the strengths of group members, contemporary developments in the decision research agenda and relevant policy needs.

The Centre for Decision Research is able to provide consultancy work on many aspects of decision making and related topics to a wide range of clients. If you would like further information please contact Professor Barbara Summers.

Here we report some of our research grants and projects from a variety of domains. The methods and theoretical approaches employed range from decision analytic techniques, preference elicitation techniques, and stakeholder meetings, to experimental psychology and judgment analysis.

Funded by an EU Marie Curie Fellowship, this project aims to provide improved understanding of effective designs of financial planning communications for European consumers at risk of poverty in older age. Dr Cazilia Loibl (Research Fellow, CDR), Professor Wandi Bruine de Bruine (CDR) and Dr Barbara Summers (CDR).  

Funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (L00805X/1), this project aims to promote public protection against heat waves. Wandi Bruine de Bruin (PI), with Suraje Dessai, Baruch Fischhoff, Sari Kovats, Carmen LeFevre, and Andrea Taylor. 2013-2014.

For more information, including research findings and useful links see: lubswww.leeds.ac.uk/cdr/projects/understanding-public-perceptions-of-and-responses-to-heat-waves-a-behavioural-decision-research-approach/

Funded by the European Union FP7 Programme (Marie Curie Career Integration Grant 618522), this project aims to understand how decisions change with age, and how to help people of all ages to obtain better decision outcomes. Wandi Bruine de Bruin (PI), with Simon McNair, JoNell Strough, Barbara Summers, and others. 2013-2017. For more information, see business.leeds.ac.uk/news-events/item/articles/2013/September/professor-bruine-de-bruin-receives-grant-to-improve-decisions-for-people-of-all-ages/

Funded by a University of Leeds Seedcorn grant, this project aims to understand how extreme weather events in the UK and the US contribute to people's concerns about climate change. Wandi Bruine de Bruin (PI) with Suraje Dessai, Carmen LeFevre, Kelli Klima, Granger Morgan, and Gabrielle Wong-Parodi. 2014

Funded by the U.K. Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), this project involves a national survey to examine whether UK households are prepared for the risks associated with climate change, such as droughts and floods. Results will inform deliberative meetings with stakeholders and members of the public. Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin, Professor Suraje Dessai, Professor Alan Pearman, Dr Andrea Taylor and others. 2012.

Funded by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), this project aims to understand how consumers form their inflation expectations, and how to better elicit these inflation expectations on national consumer surveys.  Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin, with Professor Julie Downs and Baruch Fisschhoff (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), as well as with Dr. Olivier Armantier, Dr. Giorgio Topa, Dr. Wilbert van der Klaauw, Dr. Simon Pottor, and Dr. Basit Zafar (FRBNY) (2012)

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, this project aims to examine consumers’ decisions about their energy use and conservation, and to inform the design of feedback provided to consumers through in-home displays, as well as through different pricing programs. Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin, with Professor Baruch Fischhoff, Professor Jay Apt and others (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) (2012)

Understanding Consumers’ Expectations for Health and Retirement

Funded by the U.S. National Institute of Aging, this project aims to understand the cognitive processes involved in the formation of people’s perceptions of health risks and expectations for future health and retirement. Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin, with Professor Robert Willis and others (University of Michigan, USA) (2012)

Funded by the U.S. National Institute of Aging. This project aims to understand how age-related declines in cognitive ability and age-related improvements emotion regulation contribute to the quality of older adults’ decision-making processes.  Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin, with Dr. Andrew Parker (RAND Corporation, USA), Professor Baruch Fischhoff (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), and JoNell Strough (West Virginia University, USA).(2012).

CDR is providing input to research into communication about pensions being run by TNS-BMRB and NEST (Dr Barbara Summers with support from Dr Darren Duxbury, Professor John Maule and Professor Alan Pearman). 2011.

Dr Barbara Summers, Professor Alan Pearman, Dr Darren Duxbury, Professor John Maule and Dr Nicola Bown, 2010

Hilary Bekker (CDR/ Leeds Institute of Health Sciences), Anne Stiggelbout (Professor in Medical Decision Making, University of Leiden), Barbara Summers (CDR/ LUBS), Anna Winterbottom (Senior Research Fellow, Bradford Royal Infirmary), Andrew Mooney (Consultant Nephrologist, St James’s University Hospital), Gary Latchford (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, St James’s University Hospital), and Martin Wilkie (Consultant Nephrologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), 2010

CDR is providing input to research into attitudes to loss being run by Opinion Leader and PADA, 2009 (Dr Barbara Summers, Dr Darren Duxbury, Professor John Maule and Professor Alan Pearman)

Dr Barbara Summers, Dr Darren Duxbury, Professor John Maule and Professor Alan Pearman (Centre for Decision Research), 2008.

European Commission, Dr Paul Timms (Transport Studies) and Professor Alan Pearman (Centre for Decision Research), 2008

European Commission, Dr Jeremy Shires, Dr Paul Timms and Bryan Matthews (all Transport Studies) and Professor Alan Pearman (Centre for Decision Research), 2007

KTP award working with Yorkshire Bank. Professor Klaus Reiner Schenk-Hoppé (Accounting & Finance Division) with Dr Barbara Summers (Centre for Decision Research), 2007-2009.

Funded by Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, Coors and Crown Foods. Professor John Maule (Centre for Decision Research) with Dr Jon Reast (University of Hull) 2005 - 2006

ESRC New Challenges Programme. 2005 - 2007. Professor John Maule (Centre for Decision Research) with Professor Lynne Cameron (Education), Professor Peter Stratton (Psychology), Dr Zazie Todd (Psychology) and Neil Stanley (Law).

Research Council, UK: Rural Economy and Land Use Programme, jointly funded by ESRC, BBSRC and NERC. 2005 – 2008. Professor John Maule (Centre for Decision Research) with Professor R Shepherd (University of Surrey), Professor S. French (Manchester Business School), Dr G. Barker (Institute for Food Research, Norwich) and Dr A. Hart (Central Science Laboratories, York),

Research for the Department of Constitutional Affairs. Dr Barbara Summers (Centre for Decision Research) with Professor Daniel Read (University of Durham) and Fiona Fylan (Brainbox Research), 2005. Report available at:www.dca.gov.uk/review_debt_research.pdf

Research for a commercial client. Professor John Maule, Dr Barbara Summers and Dr Constantinos Hadjichristidis (Centre for Decision Research), 2005.

NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme. 2004 – 2005. Professor John Maule (Centre for Decision Research) with Professor T. Raynor, Dr P. Knapp, Dr S. Gilbody, P. Spoor (University of Leeds), A. Blenkinsopp & K. Pollock (University of Keele).

EPSRC, Dr Laure Cabantous and Professor Alan Pearman, (Centre for Decision Research), 2003

MAFF/ Food Standards Agency. 2000 – 2003. Professor John Maule (Centre for Decision Research) with Professor S. French, (Manchester Business School).

DERA. Professor John Maule, Professor A. D. Pearman, Dr D. Read, & N. J. Bown, (Centre for Decision Research), 2000.