Emmanuel Thanassoulis

Emeritus Professor

  • United Kingdom

1994 …2021

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Email: e.thanassoulis@aston.ac.uk


Emmanuel Thanassoulis is Professor in Management Sciences at Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. He has an extensive research track record, applications and teaching experience in comparative-efficiency assessment methods, especially those based on Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). He has over 70 refereed academic publications in the area. He has also authored Introduction to the Theory and Application of Data Envelopment Analysis: A foundation text with integrated software. (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston), and more recently Thanassoulis  et al. (2008) DEA – The Mathematical Programming Approach to Efficiency Analysis, in The Measurement of Productive Efficiency and Productivity Growth, (Hal Fried, Knox Lovell and Shelton Schmidt editors, Oxford University Press).

He has developed DEA Software and has acted as consultant on DEA to a variety of organisations, including The Department for Education and Skills, The Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office, HM Treasury, the Audit Commission, OFWAT, Transco and Severn Trent Water. He runs bespoke training courses on the methods of efficiency and productivity analysis. He has acted for many years as Joint Editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis and is on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Operational Research, both key journals for learned publications in the field of efficiency and productivity analysis.

Teaching Activity

The main subject areas I have taught are:

  • Linear programming - Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Project Scheduling - Non-linear optimisation methods
  • Dynamic programming - Multi-objective programming methods
  • Statistics
  • BNM1 (PG) Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Management
  • BNM4 (PG) Data Envelopment Analysis
  • BNM5 (PG) Application of comparative performance measurement methods
  • BNM701 (PG) Operational Research Methods


  • 1999- Professor in Management Sciences, Aston Business School, University of Aston, Birmingham.
  • 1996 - 1999 Senior Lecturer in Operational Research, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry
  • 1977 - 1996 Lecturer in Operational Research, Warwick University as above.


  • 1984 University of Warwick, PhD. Research area: Operational Research.
  • 1975 University of Warwick, MSc in "Management Science and Operational Research".
  • 1973 Sussex University, BSc in "Engineering with Operational Research", 1st Class Honours.


Research Convenor Department  of Operations & Information Management Group

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Warwick

Award Date: 1 Apr 1984

MSc, University of Warwick

Award Date: 1 Apr 1975

University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jul 1973

External positions

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Microbiology, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH

1 Feb 2016 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Benchmarking, Data Envelopment Analysis, Operational Research


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