Professor Paul Harper



Turing Network Development Award Lead, Cardiff University


Paul is a Professor of Operational Research in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University, Director of the Wales Data Nation Accelerator (WDNA), and until recently Director of the Data Innovation Research Institute (DIRI) and Chair of the ONS Strategic Partnership. His research interests are in stochastic modelling, including queueing theory, simulation methods, optimisation and game theory, and applications to healthcare. Author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, Paul has been a named investigator on over £14million of funded research grants, recipient of a Times Higher Education award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology’ and the UK OR Society’s Lyn Thomas Impact Medal. He is a founding editor-in-chief of the international journal Health Systems (Taylor & Francis), an elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW), recipient of the 2018 'Companion of OR' Award (The OR Society) and was a panel member of the UK Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) for Mathematical Sciences.