Communications is an interdisciplinary topic that draws on literature bases in accounting, marketing, psychology, and media studies primarily. Fourteen researchers are researching in financial communications or investigating consumers' responses to communications.
Research Theme staff:
Prof John Ashton, Dr Sara Closs-Davies, Prof Owain ap Gwilym, Dr Sonya Hanna, Prof Louise Hassan, Dr Danial Hemmings, Prof Lynn Hodgkinson, Prof Aziz Jaafar, Prof Doris Merkl-Davies, Dr Sara Parry, Dr Helen Rogers, Prof Edward Shiu, Prof Jonathan Williams, Dr Gwion Williams
In relation to financial and CSR communications, research work has focused on understanding how companies communicate accounting information to external audiences to influence their perceptions and inform the decisions of shareholders and stakeholders (Ashton, Hemmings, Hodgkinson, Jaafar, Merkl-Davies, G Williams). There are also examples of work relating to financial news (J Williams, O ap Gwilym), and how such news influences the stock market, as well as examining market reactions to implementation of banking union policy. Additional research has also identified risk effects before and after announcements of deals of bank acquisitions of insurance companies and securities firms. Other work analyses interactions between companies and stakeholders and civil society actors, including NGOs and social movement groups (Merkl-Davies). Research is also conducted on examining and understanding how the actions and behaviour of citizens are translated into, and communicated via, financial information through governing technologies and its impact on individuals and society' (Closs-Davies, Merkl-Davies, Rogers). Research interests are represented through two specialist research clusters.
Specialist Research Clusters
- Consumers and Communications
- Corporate Communication