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Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding (MCDA) Course

Special Focus: Case Studies on Sustainability and Resilience Assessment

14th – 15th May 2018, University of Warwick, UK

In this complex world, the ability to make sense of information to provide logical recommendations is key for effective decision support. Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding (MCDA) is a discipline specifically developed to support this ability as it helps Decision-Makers (DMs) make better decisions. This two-day course will present the strategies to implement MCDA in practice whilst focusing on sustainability and resilience assessment, two topics that are receiving increasing interest from a research, industry and policy-making perspective.

The course is open to early career researchers (PhD students, Post Docs, Junior Investigators) interested in the theory and potentials of MCDA as well as the application of MCDA in case studies, specifically in the area of sustainability and resilience. To register your interest in this event, please click here.

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Course content

This course addresses the art and science of dealing with multiple decision criteria. The decision support methodologies are presented from a critical perspective, emphasising the importance of parameter setting and results communication. The course will cover three main topics:

  • MCDA process pillars: actors, problematics, actions and criteria.
  • “Aggregation” methods based on value functions, outranking methods (e.g. ELECTRE) and others (e.g. decision rules), including relevant software.
  • Practical use of MCDA methods in application areas that include, amongst others, green synthesis of nanoparticles, evaluation of raw materials scarcity, resilience of countries from an energy supply perspective and risk assessment of energy accidents.

A full timetable for the course can be viewed here.