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Ballie Gifford PhD in Financial Technology

Project Description

This project will study how environmental risks affect supply chain networks and how firms can best adapt their supply chain to protect it against those risks. Specifically, it will combine Artificial Intelligence and Robust Optimization techniques to study the effects of environmental risks on the supply chain networks and suggest alterations that can make supply chains less vulnerable to environmental shocks and climate changes.

In the age of globalisation, most firms operate globalised production and supply-chain networks, currently optimised for cost. However global supply-chains often move through the parts of the world that are most vulnerable to climate change impacts. All economies are now becoming aware of new environmental constraints as we hit the ‘limits to conventional growth’. In this context, there is an urgency to understand how firms can fundamentally adapt to both climate change and new environmental resource considerations.

Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) data on the complex supply chains that is the feature of industrial activities in this age remains woefully inadequate to allow for the exploration of how business operations are affected by climate change and other environmental constraints. Combining supply chain network data with relevant ESG data at each point along the network potentially offers powerful insights on how exposed supply chain networks are to environmental and other pertinent risks. Using Artificial Intelligence techniques, the combined data can be exploited to quantify the risks at different levels within the supply chain. In addition, robust optimisation techniques can be used to suggest adjustments that can be made within supply chains in order to minimise the impact of environmental resource constraints, climate shocks and vulnerabilities.

Based in the central campus at the University of Edinburgh, the Business School seeks to set the agenda across a wide range of business disciplines, with our research areas staffed by teams whose work has real influence in business, government, and the public sector.

The University of Edinburgh was ranked as 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, 2019), and the Business School has significant research expertise across six subject areas. In particular, the areas of Finance and Management Science, where this interdisciplinary project resides, include influential subject-matter experts and researches.

Our PhD in Financial Technology programme combines an industrial PhD training structure with a specific focus on a company research project. In this case, the candidate will work closely with the investment management company Ballie Gifford, who is sponsoring the studentship.

We aim to provide a highly dynamic and supportive research environment for our large and diverse graduate community, ensuring that Business School PhD students have the resources required to make the most of their individual projects. This is evidenced by our positive student feedback in national surveys such as the PRES 2019.

In addition, the Business School has received full research training accreditation both from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of the positive work the School has done to promote diversity and gender equality.

Funding Notes

This opportunity is linked with our industrial partner, Ballie Gifford. Therefore, the successful candidate will be expected to achieve the project under the supervision of Dr Belen Martin-Barragan and Dr Luca Taschini, as well as the team at Ballie Gifford.

The successful candidate will be awarded full tuition fee coverage (UK/EU or Overseas rates), along side an enhanced stipend of £20,000 for up to four years.

How good is research at University of Edinburgh in Business and Management Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 51.60

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