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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 utilisation of textual analysis methods to investigate the extent to which investors and observers respond to sentiment expressed in company filings, news reporting, and social media. For example, previous research investigating the links between Reddit activity and cryptocurrency trading has been published in Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, while another paper investigating the relationship between news reporting and economic sentiment indicators has been published in the Journal of Comparative Economics. I have also previously published in the European Journal of Finance.

Alongside research, my commentary on current 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/projects.

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 during the fall-out of the Global Financial Crisis. I have also taught modules at the University of Dundee and 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 to establish how investors respond to the manner in which information is conveyed. However, I also conduct research in more traditional areas of corporate finance and financial history.

I currently supervise two 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.

I have previously 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

 

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 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.

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