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Research Students

Our current PhD students are a lively and friendly community, and their areas of research interest are as diverse and interesting as their backgrounds. Listed below are both our current research students and those who recently completed their studies with us.

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Current research students

Name Email Research Title/Area
Abdelkareem, Reda
An Analysis of Strategic Approaches Undertaken within the SME Sector
Ajeeli, Saher Abdulkadhim Mahdi
Intellectual capital and SME performance
Alawadhi, Khuloud M. S. M. Z.
Liquidity Risks; Islamic Financial Institutions
Al-Hajri, Sama Nasser S A
The impact of project practices on the performance of public and non-profit organisations
Ali, Mohamed Abdelmonem Zaki
Artificial Intelligence and Banking: Off-Balance-Sheet Activities, Shadow Banking, Securitization and Online Banking
Allam, Almutasembilla Zaki
Determinants of Financial Inclusion
Alroomi, Azzam J. M. A. H.
Essays in Forecasting, Trading and Risk in Financial Markets with predictive & prescriptive analytics methods
Anagho, Philomena Ewomazino
Strategic Knowledge Management and Innovation in Pharmaceutical Industry
Castellanos, Sergio
Origins, development and effects of consumer credit on British households and the British economy
Closs-Davies, Sara Cathryn
A Conceptual Framework of Tax Credits: The Claimant's Perspective
Dang, Ho Phuong Lan
Digitalization and The New Shape of Banking
Darsih, Ridhotama Shanti
Does geography influence the banking performance in Indonesia?
Davies, Marc Christian
Improving Forecasting and Inventory Management at a Local SME
Esen, Sefika Betul
Impact of Banks on Regional Economic Development
Gholampur, Soheil
E-Procurement: Benefits, Challenges and Implementations
Gorzynski, Robert Anthony

An experiential approach to strategic thinking: studying the importance of the connection to the natural world and a sense of personal and community identity.

Haf, Sioned
Sustainable Energy
Haines, Ben
Decision making conducted in the consumer environment
Hassanabadi, Masoud
Strategic Thinking in UK High Tech Small Medium Enterprises
Hillier, Charlotte Mary
Exploring innovation and entrepreneurship in public service provision - the role of organisational culture
Huang, Sheng (Irena)
Banking Competition, Efficiency, Liquidity and Risks
Hughes, Emma Sara
'Frames of reference’, Impression Management and Contemporary Labour Disputes
Hussain, Chris Farouk
Fiscal de-centralisation and Economic management
Iveson, Kieron
Stakeholder perceptions of new electricity infrastructure
Jain, Surbhi
Perceived value and its measurement
Jones, Audrey Elizabeth
Psychological contracts; Theory of equity and personality
Jones, Brian Mervyn
Governance of Collaborative Partnerships and Network in the Welsh Public Sector
Jones, Laurence Joseph Harries

Credit ratings agencies, credit ratings

Litsiou, Konstantia
Consumer Behaviour, Payment Instruments Economic Austerity

Martin Merizalde, Andrea Del Pilar

The rationale for soliciting a global rating and its effects on emerging market firms' cost of debt
Nguyen, Anh Quang
Credit Ratings
Nguyen, Phuc Lam Thy

Political economy, Financial instability

Onal, Mehmet Maksud
Corporate Governance and Banking
Pancotto, Livia
Towards Banking Union in Europe: Evidence from the CDS Market
Phillips, Christina Jane
Lean and sustainable operations in a high tech pharmaceutical manufacturing sector
Pipatnarapong, Jirarat

Tax Aggressiveness, CSR, and investor decision making

Powell, Owen H. J.
The Fifth Principle: How co-operatives educate, train, and inform
Reghezza, Alessio
The impact of negative interest rate on banks’ lending behaviour
Razak, Rizalniyani Abdul
Consumer Psychology, Online Consumer Behaviour and Social Media
Rouse, Marybeth
Payment systems, mobile payment innovations and financial inclusion in Africa
Smith, Georgina Vanda
Theory of Planned Behaviour
Tajvidi, Rana
E-networking and firm performance in SMEs
Uymaz, Yurtsev
Corporate governance in banking: bank performance and ownership structure
Wang, Guan
Modelling exchange rates with time series and neural network models
Wang, Yang

Corporate Fraud, Corporate Governance

Williams, Nia Wyn
Bank Merger Premiums
Yang, Jingwen (Wendy)
Financial Reporting Quality and Privately-held Firms
Zhang, Shijin
Graduate Employment and Underemployment
Zhang, Yong Rui
Informational efficiency on sports betting markets

Recent completions

Name Research Title/Area
Alsaadi, Abdullah Mansour Corporate Social Responsibility, Shariah-Complience, Financial Reporting Quality, Tax Avoidance and Ownership Structure
Al-Troudi, Wasfi Dividend Policy and Stock Price Volatility in Jordan
Beelitz, Annika Organisation Legitimacy, Impression Management, Corporate Social Responsibility
Benzennou, Bouchra Market Microstructure
Bougioulos, Vasilieios Defining and forecasting success in wage-bargaining negotiations among unions, employers and governments
Breitsohl, Jan Online complaint communication psychology
Buxton, Samantha Modelling and forecasting pharmaceutical life-cycles
Byast, Jenny The influence of managerial demographics on strategic alliance
Cardias Williams, Maria de Fatima Bankers' remuneration and incentive structures
Chen, Guanyu Essays on financing bank M&A's in East Asia, bank capital requirements and systemic risk
Danisewicz, Piotr Banks branch locations decisions and economic growth
Fisher, Sara The Impact of Strategic Planning on Venture Performance: Evidence from Entrepreneurs based in the North West, UK
Hemmings, Danial Richard Accounting Communication, Seasoned Equity Offerings
Izadi, Hossein Strategic management formulation process in small and medium sized enterprises: The case of high tech industry in the UK
Jones, Natalie Employee engagement in the Welsh public sector
Kao, Mao-Feng Voluntary appointment of independent directors in Taiwan
King, Timothy Corporate governance in banks and non-banks: Executive compensation, risk, efficiency and shareholder 'voice'
Klusak, Patrycja Karolina Regulatory impact of ESMA identifiers on quality of ratings
Magro, Paul Hedge Fund performance analysis
Mehl, Miriam Consumer research, Social identity, Social cognition, Consumer decision making
Mohamad, Azhar Short Interest and Stock Returns
O'Callaghan, Stephen Corporate Governance, Agency Cost Conflicts
Osman Salleh, Murizah The inhibition of Usury (Riba Al-Nasiha) and the economic under development of the Muslim world
Sahibzada, Irfan Ullah Credit ratings and Stock market
Salem Al Saeedi, Khawla Strategy implementation challenges in public sector organisations in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tajvidi, Mina The moderating role of innovation capacity on the relationship between strategic direction and entrepreneurial firm performance: Evidence from high-tech SMEs
Williams, Gwion Sovereign credit ratings in emerging markets
Yarahamdi, Hossein Selection of Strategies for SMEs
Zhu, Dan Behavioural Finance