Professor Kathy Kotiadis

Professor in Operational Research
Professor Kathy Kotiadis


Kathy Kotiadis is a Professor of Management Science/Operational Research and is an expert in developing quantitative and qualitative modelling approaches to support stakeholder engagement, primarily in Health Care.

Professor 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.
During 2018-2020, Kathy was initially the Director of Graduate Studies & Student Experience (Research) later becoming the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Student experience (Research). 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 (University of Kent) and was an Assistant Professor at Warwick Business School.

Research interests

Professor Kotiadis research interests include: the development of the simulation methodology, the application of discrete-event and hybrid 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.
Kathy 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 as PI and co-I research income by funding bodies such as the Engineering and Physical Research Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK.
Kathy 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.


Professor 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.


Professor 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 

Past Supervisees

  • Tom Monks: Comparing model reuse with model building: an empirical study of learning from simulation (with Prof S Robinson), (Apr 2011) 
  • Stavrianna Dimitriou: The Impact of prices on boundedly rational decision makers in supply chains (with Prof S Robinson), (June 2010)    


Professor Kotiadis has undertaken research and consultancy projects in contexts such as health and social care, local government, transport etc. She is a reviewer for various research councils 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). Both journals belong to the UK Operational Research Society. Kathy is also a member of the OR Society publications committee with Taylor and Francis journals (2019- Ongoing).
She is a founding member of Women in OR and Analytics (WORAN) of the OR society (UK) and committee member (2019 – ongoing).
Professor Kotiadis has been extensively involved in conference organisation with notable examples being:

  • Co-chair of the UK OR society’s annual conference OR61 September 2019
  • Programme Chair of the 2008 Operational Research (OR) Society 4th Simulation Workshop (SW08) 
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