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Risk students

The staff in the Centre for Risk Research currently teach and supervise over 100 students who are each studying for risk-related Masters or PhD qualifications. To learn more about the experiences of some of these students, please view the testimonials below.

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Managing security risks is currently one of the most significant challenges in the aviation industry. It has become increasingly important to use scientific methods to estimate risks and develop effective mitigation measures. During my PhD, I will explore how such scientific methods can best be used to achieve greater security across the aviation sector.

Stanislav Bukhman - ‘Aviation Security Risk Management Under Substantial Uncertainty' 2018
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I decided to undertake my PhD in the Centre for Risk Research because it offers the possibility of pursuing a research degree on a part-time basis and because of the international reputation of its academics. I particularly enjoy the Centre’s interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of risk and the inspiration I can glean from this in developing advanced knowledge and analytical skills that are needed in business

Martin Chojnicki - PhD in understanding the effective operating principles of corporate information markets. 2012
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I decided to pursue a PhD at the University of Southampton because of the uniqueness of the resources available at the Centre for Risk Research in addition to the multidisciplinary background of the academic staff that allows me to broaden my perspective in studying decision making under uncertainty. I am proud of being selected to be part of a group that is recognized worldwide for their contribution in risk studies.

Luis Felipe Costa Sperb - PhD examining decision making under uncertainty in financial markets.
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I chose to apply to the University of Southampton because of its global reputation and inspiring research environment. The Centre for Risk Research (CRR) encompasses distinguished academic staff with multidisciplinary backgrounds. The CRR staff have broadening my perspectives through the exchange of innovative ideas and thoughtful insights

Leen Gammoh - The Perception and Communication of Flood Risks within Jordanian Communities - October 2018
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My interest in data driven decision making and risk analytics meant that I was a good fit with the Centre for Risk Research. I enjoy learning about how data available online can be used in statistical models and using these models to predict real-world events.

Lawrence Green - Risk PhD commenced 2013
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I chose to study in the Centre for Risk Research because the group contains scholars from various disciplines and this helps when tackling problems in a real world context. I really enjoy the friendly environment and working with knowledgeable supervisors. Both these aspects have enabled me to explore my research topic thoroughly

Sarist Gulthawatvichai - PhD in irrational behaviours in spread-trading markets. 2011
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The CRR offers an exciting interdisciplinary research environment

He HE - PhD: Credit rating evaluations of individual participants in financial markets
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I decided to study in the Centre for Risk Research because of its international reputation for both research and teaching. Professor Johnnie Johnson, who is the Director of the Centre, is another important reason for my undertaking a PhD in the Centre. I attended his “Risk Taking and Decision Making” module as part of my MSc in Accounting and Management at the University of Southampton. In the module, Professor Johnson explored the behavioural factors which influence people when making their decisions. This module totally changed my way of thinking. I would say that the module was the most important one I ever have experienced, and I really wanted to explore behavioural science under the supervision of Professor Johnson. I was also attracted by the fact that the Centre for Risk Research cooperates with many corporations which provide valuable and unique empirical data for research and this has proved very helpful for my PhD research.

Ming-Wei Hsu - PhD examining the influence of behavioural factors on traders in financial markets. 2013
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The Centre for Risk Research is one of the premier interdisciplinary research groups in the United Kingdom. They have long standing collaborations with several prestigious financial firms in the City of London. This provides a professional element to academic life. Having been offered a coveted PhD scholarship by Star Financial Systems and EPSRC, supervision under renowned academics Dr Teijun Ma, Professor Ming-Chien Sung and Professor Johnnie Johnson in the field of risk, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Amey Kansara -
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After working for 17 years in the private and public sector, the decision to return to academic world as a PhD candidate was not easy. Leaving behind temporarily my comfort zone, a stable life and promising career involve risk elements, ‘transaction cost’ and great sacrifice. Though there is a time I questioned my rationale of doing so, I’m optimistic that this risky decision is worth to pursue and upmost I’m proud to be selected to be part of University of Southampton, which is renowned worldwide. “Where there is a greater risk, There is a greater return.”

Margaret Kuyor - Phd in Business Studies and Management - 2018
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I chose to study in the Centre for Risk Research as their interdisciplinary team of staff and researchers fits my interests as a web scientist. My aim is to explore risk from a number of different disciplinary angles such as computer science, psychology and finance. The Centre boasts experts from all these fields, making it ideal for helping me research my interests.

Will Lawrence - PhD examining the role of online information in the investment decision making process. 2013
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I chose to study at the Centre for Risk Research because of its global reputation in producing fascinating forecasting models. For example, I remember attending a talk at the Centre by a presenter who used a statistical model to predict horse racing results. I was also encouraged and inspired by the faculty members of the CRR, such as Dr Maxwell Chipulu (who has been extremely supportive throughout my research career), Professors Johnnie Johnson and Vanessa Sung, as well as the many wonderful staffs and PhD students. It has been a fun journey!

Jun Neoh - PhD in Management Science: “Statistical Modelling of Commuter Decision-Making”
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I chose the University of Southampton because of the applied work carried out by the Centre for Risk Research (CRR) which is undoubtedly ground breaking. The strength of using quantitative and qualitative techniques to effectively measure and quantify uncertainties and movement in various financial markets makes the CRR unique. They also have a culture of strong collaboration with the industry by translating academic hypotheses to effective and winning business strategies.

Larry Orimoloye - PhD: Applied Statistics/Bayesian/Machine learning/AI/Deep learning with business applications
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I decided to undertake my PhD at the University of Southampton because of the immense facilities and resources the institution provides. The university is globally recognised as one that conducts detailed and result-yielding research. The Centre for Risk Research is vested with staff who are able to provide intensive expert guidance to facilitate success research processes. I am very pleased to be part of this group.

Oluwaseun Osituyo - PhD commenced 2015
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I chose to apply to University of Southampton because I wanted to be a part of an inspiring research environment, at the very heart of leading risk and behavioural decision making research. The unique combination of excellent global reputation, distinguished academic staff with thorough expertise in various disciplines, and a large pool of empirical data sets for research makes the Centre for Risk Research an ideal place for a doctoral journey. I feel really lucky to be here.”

Ivan Rajkovic - PhD (Commenced 2014): Using stochastic and computational intelligence to model sports wagering markets microstructures.
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Amongst a wide range of business schools worldwide, I selected Southampton Business School for its specialised Centre for Risk Research. Besides providing strong support for PhD researchers, this centre gathers the finest minds in the realm of decision analytics and risk from diverse disciplines. Moreover, Southampton Business School has a clear vision and is the right place for carrying out world-class research and pushing knowledge boundaries.

Seyed Mohammad Hossein Toliyat - PhD in Business Studies & Management, Commenced 2018
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I decided to study for my PhD in the Centre for Risk research because of the global reputation in the area of speculative market behaviour of Professor Ming-Chien Sung and Professor Johnnie Johnson. In addition, I am personally interested in sports betting, particularly related to horse racing and football, and Professors Sung and Johnson are experts in these areas and have, as a result, access to several interesting datasets.

Shaosong (Shaun) Wang - PhD: Weather Effects on Trading Behaviour. 2012
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The Centre for Risk Research attracted me for its broad diversity of research methodologies. People from different backgrounds in the Centre bring in fresh ideas and inspire each other. It is a great experience to work in this group.

Yaodong Yang - PhD: Managing Risk Through State-of the-Art Quantitative Analysis of Financial Traders' Decisions
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It’s never easy to come to a truly rational decision, but my choice of the world-leading Centre for Risk Research, was certainly a good start.

Jinqiang Ye -
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I decided to undertake my PhD in the Centre for Risk Research (CRR) because of its prestigious position in both the risk and behavioural decision-making research areas and because it would mean that I could interact with its distinguished academic staff across a variety of disciplines.

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