Current PhDs

Our postgraduate research community

To give you an idea of the diversity of our community and the breadth of research study currently taking place in the Business School we have listed some of our current postgraduate researchers and their working research areas below.

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Accounting and Finance

Faisal Alnori

  • The impact of the global financial crisis on the capital structure, cash holdings, financial and market performance in American and Saudi Arabian firms.

Zainab Behbehani

  • The Impact of Board Composition on Firms' Financial Performance & the Magnitude of Opportunistic Earnings Management: Evidence from Kuwait.

Richard Burns

  • The size, significance and causes of closet indexation in UK mutual funds.

Andria Charalambous

  • IFRS adoption and the impact of ‘Home bias’ in foreign investment decisions.

Nikolas Feistkorn

  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in China:Capital Market Development and the Effects on Corporate Financing and Investment Decisions.

Usman Gilani

  • Corporate Governance of Banks

Jiaqi Guo

  • Momentum profits, market volatility, volatility and skewness.

Boon Ping Hong

  • Credit rationing: evidence from UK SME's.

Mingchen (Leighton) Li

  • The Drivers and barriers of carbon accounting in emerging economics -cases from China , Russia, and India.

Chieh Lin

  • Shadow of imperialism: the post-colonical development of the 'true and fair view' accounting concept in Asia.

Christoph Maaz

  • A behavioural corporate finance perspective on mergers and acquisitions.

Amy May

  • Audit market concentration, auditor switching and audit fee pricing: An investigation of the UK private company audit market, 2005-2012.

Oluwatoyin Olojido

  • Historical analysis of financial statement fraud in UK and the way forward.

Evridiki Panayi

  • Influences of Corporate Governance on Mergers & Acquisitions: Acquisitiveness, Pricing and performance Effects

Leonard Setshegetso

  • What drives the priority structure of bank capital? The case of subordinated debt

Hala Ismail Abdelrahim Zaidan

  • The relationship between corporate governance and corporate audit fees: the case of an emerging economy.

You Zhou

  • Mutual fund flows and performance: Connectedness, profitability, and trading strategies

Wanwan Zhu

  • CEO succession in large U.S. listed banks: Do successor characteristics matter?
Economics

Diana Abdul Wahab

  • Graduates' labour market and their wage differential between public-private sectors.

Oladunni Adesanya

  • Financial markets: Bubbles, contagion and liquidity.

Jelili Ajibola

  • Essays on the effects of fiscal policy.

Rosa Canelli

  • The Theory of the Monetary Circuit in a Financialised Economy.

Emilio Carnevali

  • Fiscal policy and stock-flow consistent modelling.

Joshua Cave

  • Financial Constraints, Investment and Export Participation: A North American Analysis.

Beulah Chelva

  • Understanding the housing market: Evidence from sub- regional data in the United Kingdom.

Chau Chu

  • Linkage between Financial and Real Sector: Macro and Micro Evidence from an Emerging Country.

David Clark

  • The effects of corruption and access to finance in eveloping and transition economies on firm-level productivity.

Ujjwal Das

  • Household Financialisation and Well-being.

Bianca De Souza Lima Orsi

  • Currency internationalisation and monetary policy: Determinants and implications for developing countries.

Katerina Evzona

  • Determinants of financial capability and its impact on life satisfaction: Evidence from British Households.

Maria Gavris

  • German hegemony: A sustainable solution - or a contributing factor - to economic and political instability in the Eurozone?

Albertus Kurniadi Hendartono

  • Financialisation and financial fragility: A study on the implementation of financial development and liberalization in Indonesia.

Elena Hofferberth

  • Pathways to an equitable post-growth economy.

Sophia Kuehnlenz

  • Economic and financial bubbles: Definition, theory and recent history.

Jose Lima Velazquez

  • Microeconomic development: An investigation on labour markets and middle classes.

Anjelo Okot

  • How African Central Banks' Reserves managers respond to monetary policy decisions in advanced economies.

Danielle Oliveira Santanna

  • The untold story of financial exclusion in Brazil: An institutional approach to the origins, determinants and nature of financial practices in low income communities.

Solomon Otajonor

  • Empirical investigation of the relationship between the rate of non-residential fixed capital in advanced capitalist  economies and international integration from 1970-2007: A case of some OECD countries.

Eirini Petratou

  • Decision-making, uncertainty, and gender in financial markets: An interdisciplinary approach.

Elke Pirgmaier

  • Towards a heterodox theory of the environment. Building bridges between heterodox and ecological economics.

Jalal Qanas

  • An alternative framework of central banking from a post-Keynesian perspective; case study: The role of the European Central Bank in the Eurozone crisis.

Peter Sheaf

  • Using mobile-gathered longitudinal data to determine whether socialising drives consumption across different social groups.

Jurgita Staniulyte

  • Theoretical and Empirical Investigation of Innovation Based Growth in Europe Using NIS Approach.

Sylvia Strawa

  • The relationship between the structure and conduct of monetary policy, convergence and growth: The case of the Economic and Monetary Union.

Robert Sweeney

  • Capital flows and the European financial crisis.

Hanna Szymborska

  • Wealth inequality within high-income economies. Identifying the determinants of household balance sheet composition and stability across wealth distribution.

Joseph Tucker

  • Essays on monetary policy and monetary integration in sub- Saharan Africa.
International Business

Ayaz Ainaff

  • The influence of multiple embeddedness of subsidiary innovation performance.

Ibharojie Lilian Anegbe

  • The impact of sequence and timing on the performance of serial acquirers.

Anthony Brown

  • Returnee and non-returnee entrepreneur's capital(s) and their impact on entrepreneurial firm's performance.

Naunghathai Intakhantee

  • The role of home-country institutions and firms resources in enhancing the performance of emerging-market MNEs.

Miguel Dindial

  • Global Value Chain (GVC) participation and economic upgrading: A developing country perspective.

Marica Grego

  • Building a theoretical rationale between Multinationality and Performance: A multidimensional analysis.

Yi Ke

  • How firm-specific factors influence decisions to invest in exploration and exploitation.

Ning Lu

  • Goals, personality traits and socially responsible consumption.

Valerie Matheja

  • Performance outcomes of unified board leadership structures in international joint ventures

Kaitian Sheng

  • The analysis of herd behavior of Chinese firms in international investment.

Yihuai Wang

  • The effects of state owned company characteristics on international joint venture performance in the Chinese automotive industry.
Management

Rafidah Abdul Rahman

  • Comparison of mobile apps development processes in SMEs.

Navneet Agnihotri

  • Working lives of management consultants.

Raveekarn Aiemwongnukul

  • Capabilities to mitigate disruptions from natural disasters.

Oghenechavwe Akoroda

  • The role of knowledge sharing in small and medium sized enterprises in developing economies.

Mariam Altarkait

  • The effect of social media use on inter-organizational relationships in Kuwaiti SMEs.

Sofia Angelidou (Stanbridge Scholar)

  • Do recombinant capabilities build architectural knowledge in smart city settings? An empirical examination of the emerging industry architectures.

Paul Bata

  • The application of collaborative information sharing and use in complex organisations with extended networks.

Edda Blumenstein

  • Omni channel retail strategy in SMEs.

Lucy Bolton

  • “Generation Me”: Understanding the Careers and Work Values of Generation Y 

Lutz Brusche

  • A tri-country multiple case study of the role of information sources for the critical moments of decision-making on funding for early stage, high-tech academic spin-offs by venture capitalists.

Napalai Buasuwan

  • Information sharing and intergenerational difference: A case of Millennials and Gen Z in Thailand's SME's.

Lora Burkhill

  • Pro-environmental behaviour change in the workplace: Encouraging employee conservation behaviour.

Rose Challenger

  • Understanding crowd behaviours: developing a systems framework for analysing crowd events.

Eirini Chrysafini

  • Perceived justice of technology use in performance appraisal systems in the UK service sector.

Katarzyna Cichomska

  • Capturing expert knowledge - preserving organisational  assets and ensuring organisational learning.

Nina Fryer

  • Constructing a job: antecedents and outcomes of employee job crafting.

Inge Giesolf

  • Smart cities as a socio-technical system of activity systems: Framing future advances and innovative policing models.

Kristian Goddard

  • Means toward congruence.

Emma Gritt

  • Information sharing and decision making: the influence of social media in a policing context.

Janet Handley

  • Talent management: a gendered approach?

Rachel Harcourt

  • How does short-­term media coverage of extreme weather events impact the long-term media coverage of the global climate change discussion in the UK?

James Hardy

  • Why and how do firms adapt and change their approach to innovation management to increase the speed of innovation for sustainable technology?

Carl Hartford

  • The impact of information systems on the role of trust in facilitating de-centralised decision making.

Patrick Hennelly

  • The formation of new inter-firm relationships: a relational dynamics and suppliers perspective.

Mark Houghton

  • Looking at judgment and decision-making heuristics and biases through the eyes of conceptual metaphor theory.

Danielle Huckle

  • Advertising, individual information processing preferences and dual-process theories of decision making.

Helen Hughes

  • The role of social networks in the crafting of jobs and careers.

Eleanora-Hope Humana

  • Open for business: Investigating category opening and new organizational form emergence in the creative.

Aleksandra Irnazarow

  • Collaborative information behaviour and decision making in product development.

Witawat Jainontee

  • Applying Digital Economy Innovation for improving the Thai SME.

Samantha Johnson

  • Does mindfulness foster social meaning-making and collective identity in the HE workplace?

Hannah Kent

  • Climate change and technology adaptation to support service continuity and flood response and resilience.

Emma Kilroy

  • How could policy at local and national level more effectively support the development and growth of migrant enterprise within the UK?

Charlotte Krumlinde

  • Drivers for shared leadership in technology innovation development.

David Larkin

  • Complex and Open Innovation in Smart and Autonomous Transportation

Vedran Lesic

  • Understanding and informing consumers' perceptions of their electricity use.

Joanna Szulc

  • Organizational altruism: Exploration and development of the concept. 

Dennis MacDonald

  • Intergroup leadership in mergers and acquisitions.

Evangelia Mavroudi

  • The fallacy of balancing knowledge exploration and exploitation: The implications of firm and environment contingencies of performance.

Farhanis Mohammed

  • Understanding information sharing behaviour of millennials in multinational organisations (MNOs).

Athanasia Nalmpanti

  • How does open, closed and collaborative innovation processes transform supply chain knowledge for achieving operational ambidexterity and multi-dexterity?

Esere Ovie

  • The use of social media in supply chain by SMEs.

Sonja Perković

  • Compensatory and non-compensatory food choices: Using eye- tracking to analyse purchase decisions of organic food products.

Rebecca Pieniazek

  • A socio-technical perspective on defining, measuring and improving organisational resilience.

Kevin Platt

  • Improving the productivity of engineering analysts through the management of simulation data.

Anna Plotnikova

  • Transition, facilitation and maintanance of shared leadership on organizational and team level.

Daniel Pugh

  • Evaluation of Police Mobile Systems.

Fathiro Putra

  • Surfing the big wave: Surviving in a complex ecosystem through business model innovation.

Matthew Radburn

  • Legitimacy and identity: The social psychology of procedural  justice.

Nasir Rajah

  • The role of ADHD in entrepreneurship and economic growth.

Kautsar Ramli

  • Indigenous entrepreneurship among Malay youth: The reality of success.

Christopher Riley

  • The behavioural underpinnings of investor under-reaction and over-reaction investigated using experimental techniques and market data.

Franklin Riley

  • Information behaviour in construction project management teams: contradictions, motivations and influencing factors.

Olivia Solomon

  • The impact of organisational context on job crafting behaviour - promoting positive outcomes for the employee and the organisation.

Joanna Szulc

  • Organizational altruism: Determinants and consequences.

Adam Uhrdin

  • Open Business Model Innovation for the Networked Society:A Qualitative Study of Collaborative Innovation of Business Models for the Internet of Things.

Kimberly Urbauer

  • Understanding the impact of implementing sustainable procurement; the extent of complexity introduced into the procurement function and how companies build the capabilities needed to overcome this complexity.

Savita Verma

  • Environmental Issues and challenges of small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) in India and UK.

Anna Virágos

  • Investigating job crafting from a prosocial perspective

Fatimah Wakilbe

  • Collaborative Planning in Post-Conflict Environments: A Case Study of Prospective Oil Producing Communities of Borno State, Nigeria.

Elizabeth Watson

  • A study of social enterprise in health policy: Comparative approaches where resource and policy contest differ.

Simon Williams

  • Customer satisfaction in social housing.

Fatema Zaghloul

  • Efficient deployment of ICT in disaster management processes.

Tabish Zaman

  • A phenomenological inquiry into ICT benefits realisation using Goffman's framing analysis in healthcare.

Lionel Zayeh Kooktapeh

  • The role of social media in enhancing innovation in small firms.
Marketing

Rahida Abdul Rahman

  • Antecedents and outcomes of socially responsible marketing strategy: A political economy perspective.

James Adeniji

  • Can proactive sales teams close the customer engagement gap?

Esra Asif

  • How cartoon advertisements can deliver sensitive content and eliminate noise of external cues.

Rajinder Bhandal

  • Nostalgia, generational cohorts, and self-construals  

Stella Chisanga

  • Drivers, boundary conditions and performance outcomes of competition intensity 

Pamela Dhosi

  • The impact of inter-firm differences on identification with the IJV and parent firms: A faultlines and social identity perspective.

Francis Donbesuur

  • A model of entrepreneurial opportunity-seeking behaviour and firms' economic performance

Dominic Essuman

  • How does diversity across supply chains impact business performance? Roles of supply chain resilience, governance structure and environment munificence.

Antje Graul

  • Possessing or experiencing: The role of message framing in influencing consumers' responses to access-based consumption 

Reika Igarashi

  • Speak up and make an impact: Employee voice driven by customer-orientation and empowering leadership and its effects on customer-related organizational outcomes.

Cezara-Alina Nicoara

  • Corporate social responsibility within the multinational enterprise subsidiaries in emerging markets 

Arinze Nwoba

  • The impact of managerial ties on sustainability and financial performance: Evidence from Nigeria.

Afolakemi Ogunnubi

  • Implementation of change: Organisational responsiveness and strategy improvisation.

Christina Papadopoulou

  • The power of mindset: Construal level and adaptation decisions under risk, self-control and ethical judgement.

Joao Pedro Pereira Luzio

  • Marketing management and sustainability: The linking role of innovation 

Aditi Rana

  • Drivers and outcomes of ethical marketing strategies of exporting firms in India.

Karen Tejedor-Bowen

  • The course of motivation: social context impact and consequences.

Merve Ulku Turgut

  • Micro-foundational antecedents and firm-level outcomes of dynamic capabilities in exporting.

Bryan G. Usrey

  • The role of product attribute focused framing on environmental product evaluations: The mediating role of self determination

Arash Valipour

  • A model of relational flexibility: Evidence from professional services firms. 

Chong Yu

  • The usefulness of entrepreneurial passion in driving entrepreneurial venture performance and growth from institutional and socio-psychological perspectives.  An empirical study of entrepreneurs in developed (UK) and emerging market (China) settings. 
Work and Employment

Rana Alyami

  • The theory and practice of new public management. A case study of Saudi Arabia with particular reference to the Saudi health sector.

Maisie Aufderhorst-Roberts

  • Institutional and firm responses to the changing nature of apprenticeships in England and Germany

Abdulrahman Basahal

  • Workforce localisation and HRM: Private sector responses to Government intervention in Saudi Arabia

Marina Boulos

  • Workplace stress. Is prevention better than cure? Looking at primary organisational interventions.

James Brooks

  • Know and tell: Investigating knowledge transfer in the fire service

Calum Carson

  • The campaign for and impact of the Living Wage in Britain: 2001 to present

Matthew Cole

  • The politics of service-production: Experiences of low- waged hospitality work in twenty-first century Britain.

Nadine Gloss

  • Addressing Anonymity and Self-employment in the Regulation of Sex Work Examining Strategies for Integrating Sex Work into the German Labour System.

Susan Hensby

  • Gender and leadership in the British armed forces. 

Cheryl Hurst

  • Gendered Discourse and Female Representation on Corporate Boards: A Critical Discourse Analysis.

Adejoke Ige

  • The social mechanics of ADR: A study of ACAS conciliation and arbitration.

Kosisochukwu Itodo

  • The impact of restructuring, liberalisation and privatization on employment relations in developing economies: A case study of the Nigerian electricity distribution sector.

Edister Jamu

  • Talent Management in Malawian Universities: Practices, Challenges and Prospects.

Juliet Nagy

  • A critical examination of diversity and leadership progression in small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Chris Mclachlan

  • Can employment restructuring be socially responsible? A case study of Tata Steel UK.

Kate Morgan

  • The 'herd of elephants in the room'? Encouraging employees with mental illness to speak up.

Juliet Nagy

  • A critical examination of diversity and leadership progression in small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Meenakshi Sarkar

  • British Pakistani taxi drivers: An insight on class, culture and employment habitus.

Frederike Scholz

  • Disability discrimination and the recruitment process: responding to legal and technological developments.

Jiachen Shi

  • Employers' HRM response to external economic factors in China.

Angeliki Skondra

  • The impact of the recent economic crisis on skills formation  in British SME's: an empirical investigation of the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Lydia Suleh

  • Training and development strategies in meeting new skill demand during economic recession. 

Chris McLachlan

Chris chose to undertake his PhD at Leeds after completing his undergraduate and masters degrees here.His research explores organisational redundancy practices in an age of austerity.

Meenakshi Sarkar

After 20 years building a successful career in India, Meenakshi came to Leeds to study MA Human Resource Management, before deciding to pursue her PhD.Her research explores the employment challenges faced by second generation British Pakistanis and why many of them choose to work as taxi drivers.

Vedran Lesic

Vedran came from Croatia to pursue his PhD here at Leeds.His research explore the role of loss-framing and reference point/s on consumer’s perceptions of energy consumption and savings potential.

Ning Lu

Ning Lu came to study in the UK from China.His research uses Big Data to explore ethical consumption.