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Gary Wilkin

Supervisors: Professor Tom Mordue, Dr Pau Obrador Pons

Brief Bio: My work involves researching the role of the public library within wider regeneration frameworks and the impact on the development of urban regions particularly from an economic and a culture-led regeneration perspective.

Research Interests: My research interests include economic development and regeneration, cultural-led regeneration, anchor institutions, economic development, participation, partnerships, access, democracy and power.

Groups: Institute of Economic Development (IED) and the Regional Studies Association.


Rebecca Shoshana Prescott

Supervisors: Professor Tom Mordue, Dr Pau Obrador Pons

Brief Bio: This research explores the intersectionality between practice and place evident in the (often) temporary reclamation of derelict or disregarded urban space for creative interim use. In privileging the role and experiences of artists who produce and work within them, this research critically considers their ability to act as indicators and drivers of urban regeneration.

Research Interests: Urban regeneration, Creative Industries, Precarity.

Groups: Association of American Geographers, Regional Studies Association.


Sahar Abou Gharara

Supervisors: Professor Fraser McLeay

Brief Bio: This research aims to develop a conceptual model that in the future can be used as a first step to better understand how personal values and the socialization agents surrounding them (peers and family) help shape Eastern Mediterranean young adults behavioural intentions towards Water-Pipe tobacco smoking.

Research Interests: Consumer Behaviour and social marketing.

Groups: Association of American Geographers, Regional Studies Association.


Rebecca Casey

Supervisors: Professors Teresa Waring and David Wainwright

Brief Bio: My primary area of interest is Benefits Realisation of Information Systems within the National Health Service (NHS). The research project involved a thirteen-month ethnographic investigation carried out within an NHS Foundation Trust as they developed an approach to benefits realisation of information systems. The research project builds on contemporary studies, which challenge traditional perspectives and emphasise a more critical approach to evaluate and reflect on how benefits realisation of IS actually occurs in practice.

Research Interests: Benefits realisation of IS in the National Health Service, project management, IS evaluation, critical IS research and critical management studies.

Groups: Member of the Sociological Research Association, Affiliate Member of the British Computer Society, Member of the UK Academy for Information Systems.


Hui Lu

Supervisors: Professor Xiong Yu, Dr Li Gendao

Brief Bio: My study will analyze the impacts of 3D printing technology on supply chain via analytical modeling method. I will derive managerial insights for the relevant stakeholders and develop some sophisticated tools to help the management team or government to make effective decisions on adopting 3D printing technology.

Research Interests: 3D printing, remanufacturing, green supply chain.

Groups: N/A.


Merrel Knox

Supervisors: Johan Coetsee and Sandra Corlett

Brief Bio: My research explores the leadership processes of leaders facing extreme contexts through a sense making lens. The study seeks to draw from the experiences of leaders in High Reliability Organisations who deal with front line organisations or front line support leader positions.

Research Interests: Leadership, crisis, development.

Groups: N/A.


Ruihan Zhang

Supervisors: Dr Zhibin Lin and Gendao Li

Brief Bio: My research work is focused on analyzing the driving factors behind the influx of consumers adopting taxi-mobile apps (e.g. Uber, Didi Kuaidi) and the consequences of this trend. My aim is to fill in the gaps of previous research about users' acceptance of new technology, which comes down to a set of factors including but not limited to: personal innovativeness, social influence, effects of social media, in addition to utilitarian values, hedonic values, and perceived security will be considered as antecedents of using taxi mobile apps.

Research Interests: Antecedents and consequences of using mobile technology, the effects of country of origin, customer behaviour towards luxury products.

Groups: N/A.


Nishani Ekanayake

Supervisors: Dr Karim Sorour (principal) and Dr Satish Sharma

Brief Bio: The main objective of this study is to develop a substantive theory using grounded theory methodology in order to address the gap between the homogeneous corporate governance best practices and the heterogeneous nature of societies and institutions by identifying the factors influence in governance practices in banking institutions of Sri Lanka in its unique social, political and economic context.

Research Interests: Risks in banking, Islamic banking, bank corporate governance.

Groups: N/A.


Suman Bhattacharya

Supervisors: Professor David Wainwright and Professor Jason Whalley

Brief Bio: This research project aims to explore emergence of innovative, value-creating and scalable business models for Telehealth/Telecare services in the context of social enterprises and third-sector organisations in the North-East of England. The empirical study proposes a socio-technical theoretical lens and a systemic view in making rich contextual analysis of technological and social aspects of the assistive health and care ecosystem, including the strategic areas of patient-centric service design and integration between health and care sectors.

Research Interests: Services and business model innovation in healthcare domain, digital information systems, business strategy and knowledge management.

Groups: N/A.


Lesley-Ann Gunton

Supervisors: Principal Supervisor - Dr Ian Fitzgerald, Second Supervisor - Professor Ron Beadle

Brief Bio: Despite the increasing volume of evidence demonstrating the vital role of managers in implementing reward strategies, they often remain the 'Achilles heel' in their successful implementation. The aim of this doctoral research is to explore managers' perceptions of their role in rewarding employees, understand the challenges that they face and consider interventions to overcome these challenges.

Research Interests: General human resource management, employee reward, line management, human resource service delivery.

Groups: Chartered member of CIPD.


Karla Prime

Supervisors: Principal Supervisor - Roseline Wanjiru, Second Supervisor - Jinghai Zheng

Brief Bio: Political institutions allocate power and economic institutions distribute resources. Economic institutions can only encourage economic growth when political institutions adequately constrain the executive from monopolising the market. A stable executive can influence the efficient allocation of resources and provide incentives for factor accumulation and innovation. This thesis will add to the empirical research on the effects of political institutions such as government stability, control over corruption and the rule of law on economic growth and whether or not these effects vary by the level of a country's development.

Research Interests: Economics, public law, international business and strategic management.

Groups: Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Bar Council of England and Wales.


Huan Sun

Supervisors: Principal Supervisor - Dr Rose Quan, Second Supervisor - Professor Wenjing Cheng

Brief Bio: This current research targets the Systematic Innovation-Driven Sustainability (IDS) of SMEs in Emerging Economy.

Research Interests: Innovation, corporate sustainability, international entrepreneurship and Chinese small and medium sized enterprises' (CMEs') research.

Groups: N/A.


Paolo Gerli

Supervisors: Jason Whalley (principal), David Wainwright

Brief Bio: Public authorities and private operators are increasingly committed to providing everyone with access to superfast broadband. A number of policies and strategies have been adopted, but what are the most effective in bridging the digital divide? By comparing different initiatives in three European countries (Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), this research is aimed at assessing the impact and the performance of public interventions in broadband markets.

Research Interests: Public policies and digital inclusion, economics and business strategies of ICT markets, competition and innovation in regulated market

Groups: N/A.


Jiamin Liang

Supervisors: Principal Supervisor - Dr Yu Xiong, Supervision Team Member (Internal) - Dr Ignazio Cabras

Brief Bio: This paper aims to investigate on the regional area of UK (North East England) to see the actual resource support for the high-tech start-ups to get funds and make their technology commercialization using case study method. By analyzing the collected data, the paper also seeks a sufficient model to enhance the technology collaboration between China and UK. This model aims to benefit UK's economic development based on the emerging and high-tech firms and technology collaboration. By studying on this topic, suggestions will be made to improve the process of investing the technology-based start-ups at a more practical level, to attract investment more efficiently to benefit the UK economy and to make the international technology transfer more efficiently.

Research Interests: International technology transfer, environmental technology, incubators, corporation internationally.

Groups: N/A.


Rosie Diamanti

Supervisors: Professor Jackie Harvey and Professor Philip Shrives

Brief Bio: The proposed research will explore the professions perception of conflicts of interest, specifically with regards to the independence of audit and whether current regulatory reform will encourage better management of conflicting interests, and if the objective of the European Parliament to enhance the independence of audit will be successful from the point of view of those directly affected by it.

Research Interests: Audit regulation, audit independence, conflicts of interest within the audit profession.

Groups: N/A.



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