Dr Gulbanu Kaptan

Dr Gulbanu Kaptan


My research interests focus on judgment and decision making, with particular interest in food-related risk (benefit) perception and communication.

After some years in applied work as a food engineer, I resumed my studies, acquiring an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Business Administration, focused on decision, risk, and operations management.  My Ph.D. thesis includes a theoretical analysis that links risk beliefs and attitudes to social factors.  It involves a cross-cultural study in Turkey and Israel that examines the relationships between human values and risk perceptions.  I conducted the study as an exchange Ph.D. student in the Psychology Department of Tel Aviv University (Israel).  This work was supported by research grants from Bilkent University Business School (Turkey) and Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University.

After completing my Ph.D., I was awarded an EU-FP7 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship for Career Development.  This 3-year fellowship gives European researchers the opportunity to be trained and acquire new knowledge at a high-level research organization in a third country, then return with this experience to a research organization in the E.U.  I completed the first two years in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (US), and the last year at the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University. I applied the mental models methodology to identifying the critical gaps between lay and expert knowledge, providing a basis for developing and evaluating risk communications, with a focus on food safety.  I also worked as an external reviewer for National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine's draft report by the Committee on Review of Food and Drug Administrations Role in Ensuring Safe Food.


  • Workload Coordinator of the Management Division

Research interests

  • Consumer understanding of food-related (e.g.,novel food technologies, food waste, nutrition, food safety) risks and benefits
  • Developing risk (benefit) communications, and other public health interventions related to food choice
  • Eating behaviour
  • Social value foundations of risk (i.e., relationship between social factors and risk beliefs & attitudes)

*I welcome contact from prospective PhD candidates interested in any of the above research topics.


  • PhD in Business Administration, Bilkent University Business School (Turkey)
  • MBA
  • MSc and BSc in Food Engineering

Professional memberships

  • Editorial board member in the Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Communication
  • Member of the Society for Risk Analysis
  • Member of the Global Food and Environment Institute - University of Leeds
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

--Winner of LUBS 2017-18 Partnership awards in the category of Best Feedback - the person who provides invaluable and supportive academic feedback, in both content and delivery method, which helps others to develop and excel in their work.

Undergraduate Teaching (current):
LUBS1785 Introduction to Effective Decision Making (Module Leader)
LUBS2765 Advanced Management Decision Making (Module Leader)
Postgraduate Teaching (current): 
LUBS5253 Advanced Management Decision Making (Module Leader) 

Postgraduate and Undergraduate Teaching (previous):

LUBS55582 Research Methods (Module Leader) 2015-2017

LUBS5202 Risk Perception and Communication (Team member) 2015-2019

LUBS3885 Management Decision Making (Lecturer and Tutor in Semester 1) 2014-2018