Dr John Lamb

Dr John Lamb
Dr John Lamb
Dr John Lamb

BSc MSc PhD, HEA Fellow


Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 274362
Office Address

University of Aberdeen Business School, MacRobert Building, 581 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5UD

Business School


John Lamb (not wearing a tie)John Lamb (pictured here tieless) has a BSc degree from Glasgow University and MSc and PhD degrees from Nottingham University. He has been in various institutions before escaping to Aberdeen in 2002. The most interesting of these were Pilkington, where he first developed an interest in Operational Research, and the University of Kent.

If you are reading this it is probably because (i) you are looking for a PhD supervisor, (ii) you have read something John has written and want to know more about him, (iii) you have nothing better to do with your time.

Yes, John does supervise PhD students. Orcid IDPlease check his publications and interests before contacting him. some of these are listed on this page. But his orcid id–see web links–is more definitive. He is much better at supervising topics where he has some expertise.

John has broad research interests in Operational Research/Management Science. These are mostly in developing theory and methodology for applying mathematical, statistical and computing techniques to problems in management and in finance. He is fluent in C++, LaTeX and Java and can hold a reasonable conversation in Python, Ruby, HTML, English, Spanish and French.

John mainly teaches Management Science and Operations Management. He is currently a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Statistical Society and a member of the Operational Research Society. He has often been compared. Usually this is to Spock, which is most illogical, or to Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. He is sufficiently socially dysfunctional to regard these comparisons as complements.

External Memberships

Member of the Operational Research Society

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

Latest Publications

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Research Overview

Operational Research. Optimisiation. Statistics. Simulation. Computational Mathematics. Combinatorics. Mathematical modelling. John has broad research interests in Operational Research/Management Science. These are mostly in developing theory and methodology for applying mathematical, statistical and computing techniques to problems in management and in finance.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Management.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Operational Research
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Financial Risk
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Statistics

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Optimisation and data envelopment analysis applied to finance. Analysis and design of neighbourhoods for heuristics.


Teaching Responsibilities

Level 2 Operations Management

Level 3 Business Modelling

Level 1 Context of Business

Level 5 (postgraduate) Operations Management


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  • Regression analysis for a bottom-up approach to analyzing semi-prompt fission gamma yields

    Monville, M., Lamb, J. D., Padovani, E.
    Annals of Nuclear Energy, vol. 46, pp. 11-19
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Data envelopment analysis models of investment funds

    Lamb, J. D., Tee, K.
    European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 216, no. 3, pp. 687–696
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Insertion heuristics for central cycle problems

    Lamb, J. D.
    Networks, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 70–80
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Data Envelopment Analysis Models of Investment Funds

    Lamb, J. D., Tee, K.
    Working Papers: Working Papers
  • The Subtour Centre Problem

    Lamb, J. D.
    Working Papers: Discussion Papers
  • Novel Algorithms for Noisy Minimization Problems with Applications to Neural Networks Training

    Sirlantzis, K., Lamb, J. D., Liu, W. B.
    Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, vol. 129, no. 2, pp. 325-340
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Novel supervisor-searcher cooperation algorithms for minimization problems with strong noise

    Dai, Y., Liu, W. B., Lamb, J. D.
    Optimization Methods and Software, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 247-264
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Optimal allocation of runs in a simulation metamodel with several independent variables

    Lamb, J. D., Russell, C., Cheng, H.
    Operations Research Letters, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 189-194
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Coach cleaning operations planning in railway management

    Adenso-Diaz, B., Lamb, J. D., Temprano, I.
    Production Planning and Control, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 399-407
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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