Professor Barbara Summers

Professor Barbara Summers


Qualifications PhD, University of Bradford
MBA, University of Bradford
BSc (Hons.) Genetics, University of Leeds

Current Positions

Professor of Human Judgment and Decision Making

Director, Centre for Decision Research
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Barbara Summers is Professor of Human Judgment and Decision Making at Leeds University Business School, where she also serves as a Director of the Centre for Decision Research. Her research focuses on individual decision making from both cognitive and emotional perspectives, with application areas such as finance and health, where she collaborates with experts and organizations in those fields in the UK and abroad. Her work benefits from her previous commercial experience as Head of Systems Development at Equifax Europe UK, and she is an invited member of the Institute for Credit Management (the UK professional body for credit management). 

Barbaras work is regularly published in peer-reviewed journals, and her work on financial decision making has informed the UK Department for Work and Pensions and NEST (the pension provider set up to meet the requirements of the Pensions Act 2008, which introduces auto-enrolment in pensions). Her work with Clydesdale Bank won an award from the UK Economic & Social Research Council. These projects formed the basis of an impact case study. Current projects include work on intrinsic emotions in financial decision making (including consumer debt), the emotional basis of risk preference, moral reasoning and motivations in the tax context, decisions the music industry and the nature of financial risk perception. 

Barbara Summers is actively involved in the European Association for Decision Making  (EADM), and is a former President of the Association.

Details of Barbaras grants and awards can be found in her CV

Teaching Related Experience

Decision Making (UG, MSc & MBA)
Research Methods (UG, MSc & MBA)
Quantitative Methods (UG, MBA, Doctoral)

Dissertation Supervision

Programme Director MSc Management 2002-2006, setting up and launching the programme.
Programme Director BSc Business Analytics 2016-2019.



  • Director, Centre for Decision Research

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Decision Research

Current postgraduate researchers