Portrait of Dr Kathy Kotiadis

Dr Kathy Kotiadis

Reader in Operational Research


Dr Kathy Kotiadis is a Reader in Management Science/Operational Research and is an expert in developing quantitative and qualitative modelling approaches to support stakeholder engagement, primarily in Health Care.
Dr Kotiadis is the co-founder of PartiSim, which stands for Participatory Simulation, an approach to support stakeholder involvement in the discrete event simulation modelling process. She has held academic positions previously at Canterbury Christ Church Business School where she was the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange and Impact. Prior to that she held Daphne Jackson Fellowship at the School of Computing (UoK) and was an Assistant Professor at Warwick Business School. 

Research interests

Dr Kotiadis research interests revolve around the following key terms: discrete-event simulation; conceptual modelling; health care modelling; systems thinking; problem structuring methods; soft systems methodology; facilitation; multiparadigm multimethodology.

She is primarily interested in developing OR approaches that support the engagement of stakeholders in the modelling process.

She is the recipient of the UK OR society K. D. Tocher medal (Journal of Simulation) 2007-8. 

She was awarded the prestigious Daphne Jackson (STEMM) Fellowship (2014).

She was also awarded an Engineering and Physical Research Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (UK) grant EP/E045871/1 in 2007.  

She was rated an outstanding reviewer in 2016 for EJOR (4 star ABS). 

Additionally, she reviews for JORS (3 star ABS); Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems; Production Planning and Control; Journal of Simulation; Operational Research in Healthcare, Health Systems etc


Dr Kotiadis has designed and taught modules at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive-level education on Simulation, Statistics, the process of Operational Research, Problem Structuring Methods and Project Management.


Dr Kotiadis welcomes applications in the areas of simulation modelling, developing facilitated OR approaches and health care modelling. She has successfully supervised a large number of postgraduate students in their MBA and Master's dissertations. 

Current Supervisees 

  • Sheema Noorain
  • Zoe Horsham 
  • Aaron Jackson

Past Supervisees

  • Tom Monks: Comparing model reuse with model building: an empirical study of learning from simulation (with Prof S Robinson), (Apr 2011) 


Kathy has undertaken research and consultancy projects in contexts such as health and social care as well as local government. She is a reviewer for RCUK and has been an EPSRC peer review college member since 2016. She is one of the Editors of the Health Systems (Journal) and on the editorial board of the Journal of Simulation (since 2010). 

Dr Kotiadis has been extensively involved in conference organisation:

  • Programme Chair of the 2008 Operational Research (OR) Society 4th Simulation Workshop (SW08)
  • Programme committee for SW10; SW12; SW14; SW16; SW18
  • Simulation stream co-organiser for OR59 (September 2017)
  • Organised streams and presented research at national and international conferences (e.g. IFORS, EURO (International) and WSC (USA), The UK OR Society Conference
  • Invited speaker to institutions such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2018), LSE, Southampton and the Department of Health.
  • Keynote Speaker for simulation stream at YOR20 in April 2017.
  • Co-chair of the UK (OR society) simulation study group from 2006-2011 Member of the UK OR Society. 
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