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Personal Statement

Since joining Strathclyde Business School in 2019, my research and teaching activities have primarily focussed on different areas of financial technology (fintech). My research activities involve the application of unstructured datasets to address financial theory and practice. I have co-authored papers that have been published in Economics Letters, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Journal of Comparative Economics, and the European Journal of Finance.

Alongside research, my commentary on financial events has been published by The Conversation UK, the World Economic Forum, MarketWatch and Business Insider.

I am actively engaged in teaching and have twice been shortlisted for the "Best in Faculty - Business" award at the Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards. I currently co-direct the MSc Financial Technology programme, and teach the newly created Financial Innovations, Applications and Considerations module. I have led the honours year Corporate Financing module since joining Strathclyde, and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked for four years as a Senior Stock Research Analyst and Index Supervisor at Russell Investments (now FTSE Russell), and undertook an internship at Merrill Lynch in Illinois, USA. I have also worked as a Knowledge Transfer Associate at Bangor University. Outside of academia I enjoy athletics and am a keen road, cross-country and hill runner.

Research Interests

My research explores various aspects of financial technology and includes working with novel unstructured datasets such as text, audio and images in a finance context. However, I also conduct research in more traditional areas of corporate finance and financial markets.

As a co-investigator within the newly established Financial Regulation Innovation Lab (FRIL), funded by the UK Government via Innovate UK, I am partly responsible for coordination of research activities undertaken by three Research Associates: Daniel Dao, Godsway Tetteh and Hao Zhang. FRIL produces industry-relevant research and white papers on the topic of financial regulation and regulatory technology.

I am first supervisor for three doctoral students. Andrew Todd is conducting research into multimodal sentiment analysis of corporate earnings calls. Phindu Lipenga is investigating the determinants of fintech adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ngoc Anh Chu is evaluating the application of explainable AI and text-audio analysis for transparent ESG reporting.

I am also second supervisor for two PhD Students. Martin Kemmitt is investigating the hedging activity of firms listed on the AIM submarket of the London Stock Exchange. Zihong Chen is conducting research into the effectiveness of machine learning algorithms for the detection of money laundering.

I have acted as reviewer for manuscripts submitted to the European Journal of Finance and Qualitative Research in Financial Markets.

Academic / Professional qualifications

PhD in Accounting and Finance, University of Dundee

MSc in Investment Analysis, University of Stirling

BA (Hons) in International Business, Nottingham Trent University

PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

 

Teaching Interests

I have been co-director of the MSc Financial Technology at Strathclyde Business School since 2019. I am also responsible for delivering the Corporate Financing module for honours year students and the Fintech Innovations, Applications and Considerations postgraduate module. Each year I supervise end-of-year financial technology projects for postgraduate students, and finance-related undergraduate honours year dissertations. I deliver the Financial and Financial Management module to students at our Dubai campus, and I previously taught the Future of Fintech module for the MSc Strategic Fintech in Bahrain.

I have been shortlisted for "Best in Faculty - Business" at the Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards in 2021 and 2022.

External positions

External Examiner, University of West London

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