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The University of Southampton
Centre for Risk Research

Danni Zhang

PhD exploring individuals’ degree of comprehension regarding abstracted financial risk probability information under various presentation formats.

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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.

I feel very lucky to have three supervisors (Professor Ming-Chien Sung,  Dr Ian G J Dawson and Dr Tiejun Ma) who have expertise in a range of fields related to my research: psychology, computer science, finance and innovative modelling.

This has enabled me to employ a range of research methodologies in my research and has ensured I receive appropriate guidance to facilitate my research.  In addition, I also have the support of other CRR Faculty members, including a CRR Research Fellow, Dr Peter Fraser-Mackenzie who has given me valuable suggestions regarding how to link my research to real business problems and has helped me solve a number of technical issues.  In addition, Dr Konstantinos Katsikopoulos has been one of my internal PhD examiners, and he has suggested a number of different ideas. In fact, all my supervisors and CRR members have been really supportive and have given me guidance from the beginning of my research journey. As a result of this invaluable supervision and contact with CRR faculty, I feel both encouraged and inspired.

Another unique aspect of the CRR is how it links both academic and business worlds.  CRR cooperates with many financial corporations that provide valuable resources and data, as well as providing opportunities for us to link our academic research to real world problems.

I feel really lucky to be part of the group and believe it is an ideal place for my PhD life.

 

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