Alan Pearman
Academic, Management, Centre for Decision Research (CDR), Research Centres, Divisions
Multi-criteria decision making, risk analysis, policy and project evaluation, stakeholder engagement


MA, Phd University of Leeds
BSocSci University of Birmingham


2006 - 2011 Pro-dean for Research, Leeds University Business School 
2001 - 2006 University Pro-vice-chancellor for Learning & Teaching
1997-2001 Dean of Research, Faculty of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences
1995-1997 Head of Management Division


Decision research, embracing both behavioural and quantitative aspects of decision making under risk and with multiple criteria. Recent applications include: transport investment appraisal, European energy grid infrastructure; climate change risks; environmental assessment of nuclear waste options; healthcare and medicine; waste recycling;  etc. See Centre for Decision Research for further details

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J. Dodgson, M. Spackman, A.D. Pearman and L.D Phillips, Multi-Criteria Analysis: a Manual, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, London, pp.158, 2000. ISBN: 1 85112 454 3.  Also at:
L.Giorgi, A.D. Pearman, A. Tandon, D. Tsamboulas and C. Renaud (eds.) Project and Policy Evaluation in Transport, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp.302, 2002.  ISBN: 0 7546 1787 4
P.J. Mackie, S. Grant-Muller, J. Nellthorp and A.D. Pearman, Cost-Benefit Analysis of Transport Infrastructure Projects, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, New York and Geneva, pp.66, 2003.  ISBN: 92-1-116837-6.
A.D. Pearman, P.J. Mackie and J. Nellthorp, Transport Projects, Programmes and Policies: Evaluation Needs and Capabilities, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp.271, 2003.  ISBN: 0 7546 3032 3
A.D. Pearman A Methodological Basis for the Definition of Common Criteria regarding the Identification of Bottlenecks, Missing Links and Quality of Service in Infrastructure Networks, ECE/TRANS/205, UNECE, New York and Geneva, 2009.  Also at


J. Montero, A.D. Pearman and J. Tejada, Fuzzy Multicriteria Decision Support for Budget Allocation in the Transport Sector, Trabajos Operativa, vol. 3(1), 1995, pp.47-68.
A.D. Pearman, The Role of Decision Analysis in Urban Policy Valuation, in W.H. Loke (ed.), Perspectives on Judgement and Decision Making, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, pp.253-62, 1995.  ISBN 0-8108-2642-9.
B. Al-Kloub, T.T. Al-Shemmeri, A.D. Pearman, J-P. Brans and B. Mareschal, Application of Multicriteria Analysis to Ranking and Evaluation of Water Development Projects (The Case of Jordan), in M. Tamiz (ed.), Multiobjective Programming and Goal Programming: Theories and Application, Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, Vol. 432, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, pp. 41-9, 1996.
B. Al-Kloub, T.T. Al-Shemmeri and A.D. Pearman, Multi-Criteria Decision Support System for Strategic Planning in Jordan, in G. Fandel and T. Gal (eds), Multiple Criteria Decision Making, Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, Vol. 448, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, pp 545-555, 1997.  ISBN 3-540-62097-4
K. Yardley, G. Wright and A.D. Pearman, The Social Construction of Risk Aversion, Risk Decision and Policy, vol. 2, 1997, pp.87-100. ISSN 1357-5309.
T.T. Al-Shemmeri, B. Al-Kloub and A.D. Pearman, Model choice in multi-criteria decision aid, European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 97, 1997, pp.550-560.  ISSN 0377-2217
B. Al-Kloub, T.T. Al-Shemmeri and A.D. Pearman, The role of weights in multi-criteria decision aid and the ranking of water projects in Jordan, European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 99, 1997, pp.278-88.
A.L. Bristow, A.D. Pearman and J.D. Shires, An assessment of advanced transport telematics evaluation procedures, Transport Reviews, vol. 17, 1997, pp.177-205. ISSN 0144-1647.
T.T. Al-Shemmeri, B. Al-Kloub, and A.D. Pearman, Computer aided decision suppport system for water strategic planning in Jordan, European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 102, 1997, pp.455-72.
S. French, L. Simpson, E. Atherton, V. Belton,, R. Dawes, W. Edwards, R.P. Hamalainen, O. Larichev, F. Lootsma, A. Pearman and C. Vlek, Problem formulation for multi-criteria decision analysis: report of a workshop, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, vol. 7. 1998, pp.242-62.
H. Bekker, J.G. Thornton, C.M. Airey, J.B. Connelly, J. Hewison, M.B. Robinson, J. Lilleyman, M. MacIntosh, A.J. Maule, S. Michie and A.D. Pearman, Informed decision making: an annotated bibliography and systematic review, Health Technology Assessment, vol. 3, 1999, pp.1-150.  ISSN 1366-5278.
A.D. Pearman, Rethinking value elicitation for personal consequential decisions: a comment, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, vol. 8. 1999, pp.21/2.
G.P Hodgkinson, N.J. Bown, A.J. Maule, K.W. Glaister and A.D. Pearman  Breaking the frame: an analysis of strategic cognition and decision making under uncertainty, Strategic Management Journal, vol. 20, 1999, pp.977-85.  ISSN 0143-2095
G. Wright, A.D. Pearman and K. Yardley, Risk perception in the UK oil and gas production industry: Are expert loss-prevention managers' perceptions different from those of members of the public?, Risk Analysis, vol. 20, 2000, pp. 681-690.  ISSN: 0272-4332
S. M. Grant-Muller; P.J. Mackie; J. Nellthorp and A.D. Pearman, Economic appraisal of European transport projects: the state-of-the-art revisited, Transport Reviews, vol. 21, 2001, pp.237 – 261.
A. McConnon, J.D. Cade and A.D. Pearman, Stakeholder interactions and the development of functional foods, Public Health Nutrition, vol. 5, 2002, pp.469-77.
Kirk, S.F.L.; Greenwood, D.C.; Cade, J.E.; Pearman, A.D. (2002) Public perception of a range of potential food risks in the United Kingdom. Appetite, 38(3), pp.189-197.
J. van Exel, S. Rienstra, M. Gommers, A.D. Pearman and D. Tsamboulas, EU involvement in TEN development: Network effects and European value added, Transport Policy, vol. 9, 2002, pp.299-311.
G.P Hodgkinson, A.J. Maule, N.J. Bown, A.D. Pearman and K.W. Glaister, Further reflections on the elimination of framing bias in strategic decision making, Strategic Management Journal, vol. 23, 2002, pp.1069-76.  ISSN 0143-2095
McConnon A.; Fletcher P.; Cade J.E.; Greenwood, D.C.; Pearman A.D. (2004) Differences in perceptions of functional foods: UK public vs. nutritionists. BNF Nutrition Bulletin, 29(1), pp.11-18.
M. Robinson, S. Palmer, M. Sculpher, Z. Philips, L. Ginnelly, A. Bowens, S. Golder, K. Alfakih, A. Bakhai, C. Packham, N. Cooper, K. Abrams, A. Eastwood, A. Pearman, M. Flather, D. Gray and A. Hall,   Cost-effectiveness of alternative strategies for the initial medical management of non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome: systematic review and decision analytical modelling, Health Technology Assessment, vol. 9 No. 27, 2005, pp.1-158.  ISSN 1366-5278
C.M. Goodess, J. Hall, M. Best, R. Betts, L. Cabantous, P.D. Jones, C.G. Kilsby, A. Pearman, C. Wallace , Climate scenarios and decision making under uncertainty, Built Environment, vol. 33, 2007, pp.10–30.
A Guhnemann, J.J. Laird and A.D. Pearman, Combining cost-benefit and multi-criteria analysis to prioritise a national road infrastructure programme, Transport Policy, vol. 23, 2012, pp. 15–24.
D Dowding, R Gurbutt, M Murphy, M Lascelles, A Pearman and B Summers, Conceptualising decision making in nursing education, Journal of Research in Nursing, vol. 17, 2012, pp.348-60.

J Mishra, D Allen and A.D. Pearman, Information seeking, use, and decision making, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, vol. 66, no. 4, 2015, pp.662-73.  Article first published online: 21 May 2014, DOI: 10.1002/asi.23204 

R Randell, J Greenhalgh, J Hindmarsh, D Dowding, D Jaynes, A Pearman, P Gardner, J Croft and A Kotze and, Integration of robotic surgery into routine practice and impacts on communication, collaboration and decision making: a realist process evaluation protocol, Implementation Science 9:52  doi:10.1186/1748-5908-9-52, 2014.

Xie, N-M. and A.D. Pearman, Forecasting energy consumption in China following instigation of an energy-saving policy, Natural Hazards , vol. 74, 2014, pp.639–659, DOI 10.1007/s11069-014-1200-x

McGlynn, G., Butler, G. and Pearman, A.D.  Stakeholder Preference Mapping—seeking a way forward for the processing of spent nuclear fuel.  Journal of the Operational Research Society, vol. 66, 2015, pp. 219-30. Article first published online: 8 January 2014, 10.1057/jors.2013.179

Dunkerley E, Allen D, Pearman A, Karanasios S and Crump J. The influence of social media on information sharing and decision making in policing: research in progress.  Information Research vol. 19(4), December 2014.  Article number ARTN isicsp7.

Xie N-M, and A.D. Pearman, Comparing grey number weights under interval probability information background,  Journal of Grey System, vol. 27(1), 2015, pp.21-37.

Randell, R.,  Greenhalgh, J., Wyatt, J., Gardner, P., Pearman, A., Honey, S. and  Dowding, D.  Electronic whiteboards: review of the literature.  Studies in health technology and informatics 01/2015; 210:389-93.


A.D. Pearman, S.M. Watson, D. Tsamboulas and M. Beuthe, Developing appraisal procedures for trans-European networks, in Transportation Planning Methods, Vol. 1, (Proceedings of the 25th European Transport Forum Annual Meeting, Seminar E), pp.175-86, 1997.  ISSN -266-4569.  ISBN 0-86050-304-6.
T. Sansom, A.D. Pearman, P. Granero-Gomez and A. Lewis, Fundamental ingredients in the success of pilot projects, in Pan-European Transport Issues, Vol. P420, (Proceedings of the 26th European Transport Forum Annual Meeting, Seminar A), pp.53-60, 1998.  ISSN 0966-9841.  ISBN 0-86050-310-0.
Hodgkinson, G.P., Bown, N.J., Maule, A.J., Glaister, K.W. and Pearman, A.D., Navigating an uncertain world: strategic cognition and risk, Risk and Human Behaviour Newsletter, Issue 5, pp.2-6, 1999.
Nellthorp, J., Grant-Muller, S.M., Chen, H., Mackie, P.J., Leleur, S., Tsamboulas, D., Pearman, A.D. and Larkinson, J.,  Comparing the economic performance and environmental impact of Trans-European road networks: the EUNET project and assessment tool, in Medevielle, J-P., Stimpson, A. and Addis, R. (eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd European Road Research Conference, Brussels, 7-9 June 1999, European Commission Directorate General for Transport, Brussels, 1999.
P.J. Mackie, S. Grant-Muller, J. Nellthorp and A.D. Pearman, Socio-economic cost-benefit analysis in the context of project appraisal for developing a Trans-European transport network in accession countries, Transport Infrastructure Needs Assessment (TINA 015 final), Vienna, Austria, 1999.
Pearman, A.D.  Supporting public decision processes in science and technology policy, paper delivered to the Fourth Semmering Science and Technology Forum: Institutional Changes: Efficiency and Effectiveness - Economic and Political Aspects of European Science and Technology Policies for the 21st Century, Vienna 3 – 5 December, 1999. 
McConnon A., Fletcher P.L., Cade J.E., Greenwood D.C.and Pearman A.D.,  Differences in perceptions of functional foods: the public versus nutritionists, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, vol.60 (3a);180A, 2001.
McConnon A., Cade J.E., Greenwood D.C. and Pearman A.D., Public perception of possible health effects associated with functional foods, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, vol.60 (3a);180A, 2001.
Kirk S.F.L., Cade J.E., Greenwood, D.C. and Pearman A.D. Consumer perceptions of genetically modified foods: changes over time, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society , vol.61, 60A-61A, 2002.
Matthews, B., Pearman A.D., Giorgi, L., Schmidt, M., Poincelet, M., Reynaud, C., Carvalho, D. and Vieira, J.  Does money spent on transport research achieve anything?  Developing an evidence base to secure future funding for European transport research, European Transport Conference, Glasgow, October 2010.
Mishra, J.L., Allen, D.K. and Pearman, A.D., Activity Theory as a Methodological and Analytical Framework for Information Practices in Emergency Management, in In Santos, M.A., Sousa, L. And Portela, E. (eds.) Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management,  Lisbon May 8 – 11, 2011,
Gühnemann,A.  Laird, J. and Pearman , A.D.  Prioritisation of a national road infrastructure programme using multi-criteria analysis, European Transport Conference, Glasgow, October 2011.  Available at
Mishra, J. L., Allen, D. K. and Pearman, A. D.  Information sharing during multi-agency major incidents. Proc. Am. Soc. Info. Sci. Tech., 48: 1–10. doi: 10.1002/meet.2011.14504801039, 2011.
Banister, D., Pearman, A.D., Roseanu, M.M.S., Bäck, A., Ananiev, S., Raicu, S., Lochman, L., Tsamboulas, D., Sadat, E.T., Ng, A.K.Y. and Böhm, M. Transport Trends and Economics 2011-12; The Transport Voice of Governments, Inland Transport Committee, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva, April 2012.

Mishra, J. L., Allen, D. K. and Pearman, A. D.  Information use, support and decision making in complex, uncertain environments, Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 01/2013; 50(1). DOI:10.1002/meet.14505001045, Annual Conference, Montreal, November 2013.
J.P.Gosling and A.D.Pearman, Decision making under uncertainty: methods to value systemic resilience and passive provision, in A. Brown and M. Robertson (eds) Economic evaluation of systems of infrastructure provision: concepts, approaches, methods, iBUILD/Leeds Report, October 2014, pp.44-54.


A.J. Maule and A.D. Pearman, Taxonomies of Decision Making, Consultancy report for the Defence Research Agency, 1995.
M. Beuthe, A.L. Bristow, F. Filippi, S. Leleur, A.D. Pearman and K. Pedersen, Evaluation, Final Report for APAS/ROAD/3, Consultancy report for the Commission of the European Union, DG VII-A4, 1995.
K. Bentzen, P. Faller, A. Pearman and D. Tsamboulas, Framework for Transport Investment Evaluation, Final Report of the Transport Investment Evaluation Group, Consultancy report for the Commission of the European Union, DG VII-A4, 1995
A.L. Bristow, J.D. Shires, C.A. Nash, A.D. Pearman and J.M. Preston, Guidelines for the Appraisal of Rail Passenger Support, Consultancy report for the Office of Rail Passenger Franchising, 1996.
A.J. Maule and A.D. Pearman, Taxonomies of Decision Making: Phase II - Preliminary Empirical Research,  Consultancy report for the Defence Research Agency, 1996.
K. Yardley, G. Wright and A.D Pearman, Risk Aversion, Consultancy report for the United Kingdom Offshore Oil Operators Association, 1996.
Bristow, A.L., Mackie, P.J., Nash, C.A., Nellthorp. J. and Pearman, A.D.  Assessing the Gainers and Losers from Transport Provision and Policy, Consultancy report for HETA Division, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, 1997.
A. Pearman, D. Tsamboulas, S. Watson and G. Yiotis, Cost-Benefit Analysis and Multicriteria Analysis: State of the Art, Deliverable 2, EUNET (Socio-Economic and Spatial Impacts of Transport), European Commission Transport RTD Programme, Contract ST-96-SC037, 1997.
T. Sansom, A.D. Pearman and P. Granero-Gomez, Review of Existing Methodologies, Deliverable 1, MAESTRO Project (Monitoring, Assessment and Evaluation Scheme for Transport Policy Options in Europe), European Commission Transport RTD Programme, Contract PL-97-2162, 1998.
M. Beuthe, S. Grant-Muller, S. Leleur, J. Nellthorp, K. Panou, A. Pearman, C. Rehfeld and D. Tsamboulas, Innovations in Decision Analysis, Deliverable 10, EUNET (Socio-Economic and Spatial Impacts of Transport), European Commission Transport RTD Programme, Contract ST-96-SC037, 1998.
T. Sansom, A.D. Pearman, B. Matthews and J. Nellthorp  The SITPRO Methodology. Deliverable 2, SITPRO (Study of the Impacts of the Transport RTD Programme). European Commission Transport RTD Programme,.Contract ST- 98-RS.3081, March 1999.
S. Grant-Muller, J. Nellthorp, H. Chen, A. Pearman and D. Tsamboulas, Decision Analysis Report and Prototype, Deliverable 16, EUNET (Socio-Economic and Spatial Impacts of Transport), European Commission Transport RTD Programme, Contract ST-96-SC037, March 1999.
N.J. Bown, A.J. Maule, A.D. Pearman and D. Read, Review of Computerised Tools that Support Group Decision Making, Consultancy report for DERA, April 2000.
J. van Exel, J. van Ginkel, M. Gommers, R-J. Molemaker, M. van Schijndel, K. Panou, D. Tsamboulas, A. Pearman, N. Smith, S. Cole, T. Holvad, P. Lobe, and C. Rochez, Public Private Partnerships; Introduction, Handbook, Recommendations and Conclusions, Deliverable 4, PROFIT (Private Operations and Financing of TEN’s), European Commission Transport RTD Programme, Contract ST-98-SC.3035, April 2001.
A.D. Pearman, contribution to chapter 5 in: Nuclear Energy Agency, OECD, Society and Nuclear Energy: Towards a Better Understanding, OECD Paris, 2002, pp.87-98.  ISBN: 92-64-18494-5.
G. Butler, C.McCombie and A.D. Pearman, Review of Options Assessment Methodologies and Their Possible Relevance to the CoRWM Process, Integrated Decision Management International, 2004, pp.50.
G. Butler, N. Chapman, C.McCombie, A.D. Pearman L. Warren and P. Wilkinson, Assessment of the Case for allowing BNFL to return Radioactive Wastes to Overseas Reprocessing Customers via ILW Substitution. Integrated Decision Management International, 2004, pp.137.
A.D. Pearman, The NDA Prioritisation Process: Assessment and Sensitivity Testing of the SED measure and Project benefit Measure Models, NDA Engineering Directorate Report EGR29, September 2006.
Rich J., Andersen M.B., Barfod M.B., Enei R., Pearman A., Räsänen J., Shires J.,  Report on Scenario, Traffic Forecast and Analysis of Traffic on the TEN-T, taking into Consideration the External Dimension of the Union – Assessment of Infrastructure packages, Project report to DG TREN, Tetraplan, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009, pp.116.
Petersen M.S., Bröcker J., Enei R., Gohkale R., Granberg T., Hansen C.O., Hansen H.K., Jovanovic R., Korchenevych A., Larrea E., Leder P., Merten T., Pearman A., Rich J., Shires J., Ulied A.,  Report on Scenario, Traffic Forecast and Analysis of Traffic on the TEN-T, taking into Consideration the External Dimension of the Union – Final Report, Project report to DG TREN, Tetraplan Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009, pp.315.
Carvalho, D., Dolan, K., Giorgi, L., Lawler, M., Matthews, B., Pearman, A., Poincelet, M., Reynaud, C., Schmidt, M. and Vieira, J. Measuring the impact of transport projects in the EU Framework Programmes, World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, July 2010.
Maule, A.J., Pearman, A.D., Summers, B.S. Bown, N.J., Duxbury, D, Liu, R., Rahnama, P. and Garcia, S., Insights from the Decision Research Literature into Understanding Decision Making in the Shopping Occasion, Project report to OMD Limited, November 2010, pp. 100.
S. Newton, Y.Kawabata, H. Maurer, A. Pearman, J. van Meijeren and G. de Jong,  Ports and their connections within the TEN-T, Final Report to EC DG TREN under TREN/R1/350-2008 Lot 2 Reference R20100255/31126000/HMA/RLO, NEA, Zoetermeer, December 2010,
Gühnemann, A., Pearman, A.D. and Laird, J.  Secondary Roads Needs Study MCA Methodology Report, Consultancy report MDT0436Rp0065 for the National Roads Authority of Ireland, March 2011, pp. 36.
Johnson, S.E., Guarnerio, M., Pearman, A.D. and Rab,S.  North-South interconnections: Market analysis and priorities for future development of the Electricity market and infrastructure in Central Eastern Europe under the North Interconnections initiative, Final Report. Report prepared for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy, Directorate B - Energy Markets and Security of Supply.December 2011

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