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Fintech, Blockchain and decentralised finance


   The Business School

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

FinTech is about the introduction of new technologies into the financial sector, and it is now revolutionizing the financial industry. The current Fintech revolution is faster than ever before and much of the change is happening from outside the financial industry (Panos & Wilson, 2020). We invite candidates from worldwide to join us in expanding our understanding of fintech, blockchain and decentralised finance. The following section presents several themes (not limited to) for PhD opportunities at the Business School, Edinburgh Napier University. • Collaboration – a practical and systematic framework for fintech • Fintech’s changing the role in consumer behaviour, ecosystems, and regulations • the role of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in developing new means of money and payment. • A Decentralized Future (crypto, blockchain, P2P lending) • The impact of Fintech innovations • The decentralised nature of fintech (Evolution vs Revolution) The Business School is ideally located at the beautiful Craiglockhart campus in Edinburgh. You will be supported by the dedicated supervision team, formal challenging and interesting research training classes, world-class social environment with doctoral students and staff from all around the world.

Academic qualifications

A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in accounting and finance, finance, financial services, technology or a related discipline with a good fundamental knowledge of fintech, financing, cryptocurrency, blockchain, risk management and investment, and cybersecurity.

English language requirement

IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:

• Experience of fundamental research skills development

• Competent in discipline-specific conceptual knowledge

• Knowledge of fintech, financing, cryptocurrency, blockchain, risk management and investment, and cybersecurity

• Good written and oral communication skills

• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project

• Good time management

Desirable attributes:

Creativity and versatility

Personal Effectiveness

Knowledge of statistic applications (Stata, Eviews, or Python)


References

Biais, B., Bisière C., Bouvard M., and Casamatta C.. 2019. The blockchain folk theorem. Review of Financial Studies, 32:1662–715.
Bollaert, H., Lopez-de-Silances, F. and Schwienbacher, A. 2021. Fintech and access to finance, Journal of corporate finance, 68: 101941
Chen, M., Wu Q., and Yang B.. 2019. How valuable is FinTech innovation? Review of Financial Studies, 32:2062–2106.
Chiu, J., and Koeppl T.. 2019. Blockchain-based settlement for asset trading. Review of Financial Studies, 32:1716–53.
Cong, L. W., and He Z.. 2019. Blockchain disruption and smart contracts. Review of Financial Studies, 32:1754–97.
D’Acunto, F., Prabhala N., and Rossi A.. 2019. The promises and pitfalls of robo-advising. Review of Financial Studies, 32:1983–2020.
Fuster, A., Plosser M., Schnabl P., and Vickery J.. 2019. The role of technology in mortgage lending. Review of Financial Studies, 32:1854–99.
Georgios, P. and Wilson, J. 2020. Financial literacy and responsible finance in the Fintech era: capabiliites and challenges, The European Journal of Finance, 26 (4-5): 297-301.
Goldstein, I. Jiang W., Karolyi, G.. 2019. To fintech and beyond, Review of Financial Studies, 32:1647–61.
Nakamoto, S. 2008. Bitcoin: A peer-to-peer electronic cash system. Working Paper.
Perez, D., Werner, S.M., Xu, J. & Livshits, B. (2021). Liquidations: DeFi on a Knife-dge, Financial Cryptograhy and Data Security, 457- 476.
Schueffel, P. 2016. Taming the best: A scientific definition of Fintech, Journal of Innovation Management, 4, 4, 32-54.
Zhao, J.S. Li, X., Yu,C, Chen, S., Lee, C. 2022. Riding the Fintech innovation wave: Fintech, patents and bank performance, Journal of International money and finance, 122: 102552.

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