Dr Richard Edgar Hodgett

Dr Richard Edgar Hodgett


Richard started his career as an engineer, gaining experience working for an automotive design company in Belgrade (Serbia) and an industrial design company in Gothenburg (Sweden). After his PhD he worked as a Research Associate at Newcastle University where he developed a software tool for analysing complex decision problems in whole process design. Following this he worked in industry as an Innovation Specialist developing an electronic toolkit that is now used by some of the worlds leading companies in the pharmaceutical and speciality chemical sectors. In 2014, Richard joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in Business Analytics and Decision Science where he helped to establish the MSc in Business Analytics and Decision Sciences and the BSc in Business Analytics. Richard is active in both teaching and research. With regards to teaching, Richard has designed and developed three new masters level modules and one new undergraduate module. He also regularly delivers bespoke analytical training courses for individual companies and to wider groups through the Consumer Data Research Centre. With regards to research, Richard works mostly on applied analytical problems and leads a number of projects across a range of industries. He is currently working on research projects in the music industry, the pharma and speciality chemical industries, medicine, property and real estate, finance, policing and logistics. In 2017, Richard took over as the Programme Director of the MSc in Business Analytics and Decision Sciences.

Richard's responsibilities include developing and delivering MSc/BSc modules, conducting and disseminating research, mentoring students and junior staff, applying for research funding, building industrial collaborations for projects and other opportunities, generating lasting impact for business and society. He supervises PhD students, KTP associates, MSc dissertations and BSc industrial placements.


  • Programme Director of MSc in Business Analytics and Decision Sciences

Research interests

Richard is a multi-disciplinary researcher who is interested in applied analytical problems. He is interested in multi-criteria decision-making, multi-objective optimisation, methods and techniques for handling uncertainty, predictive modelling and the development of other new/innovate analytical methods. He is currently working on several different projects, a few of which are listed below:

  • Richard is the academic supervisor for a InnovateUK/ESRC funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership in collaboration with a successful music label. He is working alongside Prof. Barbara Summers and Dr. Sajid Siraj. The aim of the project is to develop a system utilising machine learning, artificial intelligence and decision science methodologies to support and enhance the identification of new musical talent and maximise the profitability of the talent identification process.

  • Richard is the academic supervisor for a InnovateUK funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership in collaboration with Clipper Logistics. He is working alongside Prof. Chee Yew Wong, Prof. Barbara Summers and Dr. Sajid Siraj. 

  • Richard is the Leeds PI on a 2year EU funded (€0.5million) project titled Setting the framework for the enhanced impact of SPIRE projects. He is working alongside Prof. Alan Pearman, Dr. Vedran Lesic and a number of industrial partners including Britest Ltd, INEOS, A.Spire, Iris and CRIT. 

  • Richard is working alongside Dr. Frederique Ponchel on supervising two doctoral projects that investigate the molecular and cellular events that trigger the development of immune mediated inflammatory diseases.

  • Richard is working alongside Dr. Sajid Siraj to develop new methodologies which can be used to visualise uncertainty in complex real-world decision problems.


  • PhD in Multi-criteria decision-making in whole process design, Newcastle University
  • Newcastle Teaching Award, Newcastle University
  • MEng in Product Design and Development, Queens University Belfast

Professional memberships

  • Member of the OR Society
  • Member of International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making

Student education

Richard specialises in teaching analytics and decision-making approaches. Since joining Leeds, Richard has designed and developed three new masters level modules (LUBS5308, LUBS5309 & LUBS5578) and one new undergraduate module (LUBS2920). Richard enjoys teaching practical skills and supports the use of blended learning, teaching the majority of his practicals in computer clusters where the students learn from Richard, the course materials and fellow students.

Richard has taught the following topics as part of his university modules: Data pre-processing, dealing with missing data, hierarchical and non-hierarchical clustering, multi-criteria decision analysis, network graphing and visualisation, linear optimisation, goal programming, genetic algorithms, swarm based optimisation methods, variable reduction techniques (PCA / factor analysis), time series analysis and forecasting (exponential smoothing, ARIMA etc.), neural networks / deep learning, nave Bayes classification, linear/logistic regression, text analysis, simulations, big data systems (Hadoop, Spark etc.), big data platforms (Azure, AWS etc.), databases, SQL and APIs.

Richard has also developed courses for people and groups in industry and regularly teaches courses on analytical content for the Consumer Data Research Centre. He is also writing a new textbook with Dr. Sajid Siraj on how to model and analyse decisions aimed at undergraduate/postgraduate students and industrial professionals.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Decision Research