The Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity has a thriving student community who are integral to the success of the Centre and contribute to our wide-ranging research portfolio.
Current PGR Projects
Law, Risk and Compliance
Name Thesis title Director of studies Alexander Ian Simmonds The Worker Voice: Global Perspectives on Procedural Fairness and the Right to Be Heard in Workplace Disciplinary Proceedings Dr Steve Foster Allan Joel Zalimba Ntata Fighting A Corrupt Mindset: Corruption, Culture, Politics and the Law in Malawi Dr Stuart MacLennan Christopher Aniche A Socio-Legal Perspective on Children’s Rights to Education in Nigeria Dr. Ayesha Shahid Elly Sanga The Impacts of Corporate Governance (Internal Control Mechanisms), in Response to the Corporate Social Responsibility in Tanzania Dr. Stuart MacLennan Engin Erken A Comparative Study of Anti-Money Laundering: Organisational Structures of Turkey & the UK Prof. Umut Turksen Gbolahan Olusegan Babalola The Policing & the Impact of Financial Crimes in Contemporary Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis with the UK Dr. Lorenzo Pasculli Grace Young Integrating Human Rights in the World Trade: Quest by the Global South Dr. Margaret Liu Iberedem Udofia Obot An Analysis of the Effectiveness of the Laws on Commercial Disputes Resolutions: A Comparative Study Between Kenya, UK, and the US Prof. Umut Turksen Jasmine Otuko Osabutey Mob Justice and the Rule of Law: A Case Study of Ghana Dr. Steve Foster Khadidjatou Yassine Sangare How Is the Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards Conducted in Developing Countries and Developed Countries: A Comparative Analysis Between OHADA Regimes and the UK Dr. Margaret Liu Mahmoud Masud Freedom of Speech in Islam and a Possibility of Reconciliation with International Human Rights: An Examination of the Internal Policies of Selected Islamic Countries and Culture Dr. Steve Foster Nam Trung Nguyen A Critical Analysis of Vietnamese Seat of Arbitration and the Possibility to Enhance the Integrity and Effective Functioning of Arbitration Prof. Umut Turksen Oliver Peter Charles The Art of Money Laundering Prof. Umut Turksen Ololade Durodola Artificial Intelligence in Global Financial Corporations: The Business Ethics, Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility Perspectives Prof. Umut Turksen Olusegun Michael Eluyefa Financial Inclusion and Banking Services: A Critical Appraisal from the Prism of Law and Regulation Dr. Stuart MacLennan Oluwatobiloba Wuraola Oyefeso How Does the Nigerian Government Enforce the Security of Children’s Rights? An Analysis of Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Dr. Margaret Liu Somtobechukwu Nwachukwu Okpala Corporate Social Responsibility and Its Role in Reducing Tax Avoidance Dr. Stuart MacLennan Tugce Nur Caya Examining the Link Environmental Forced Migration Climate Change and Human Rights Dr. Nathanael Tilahun
Corporate Finance, Governance and Sustainability
Name Thesis title Director of studies Abdulgafar Abdulraheem Effects of Corporate Governance Infractions on the Performance of Banks in Nigeria Dr. Abdurafiu Noah Brinderjit Rajpal Impact of National Cultural Diversity Within Directors of Corporate Boards on Firm Performance: International Evidence 2006-2016 Dr. Graham Sadler Daniel Akpan The Relationship Amongst ESG SDGs Financial Performance Investment Productivity and Wages: A Study of the Nigerian and UK Banking Energy Sectors Prof. Nathan Joseph David Ralph Jones Vale, Ad Valorem: Pricing & the Perception of Value in Retail Financial Services Prof. Panagiotis Andrikopoulos Devi Megawati Assessing Disclosure by Zakat Institutions in Indonesia Dr. Ahmad Abras Diana-Mihaela Vladulescu Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Say on Pay Laws on Executive Compensation - A Global Perspective Dr. Graham Sadler Eun Kyoung Lee Political & Institutional Determinants of the Performance of the Islamic Banking & Sukuk Dr. Sarkar Kabir George Hulene The Evolution of Executive Compensation Within FTSE100 Companies During 2004-2014. Is the Link Between Pay & Performance Still Valid? Dr. Graham Sadler Gibrilla Sesay Financial Distress and Corporate Governance: An Empirical Analysis Prof. Ahmed El-Masry Golly Minkah Corporate Governance, Capital Structure and Firms’ Performance: New Evidence from Covid-19 Implications Prof. Ahmed El-Masry Jing Li The Relationship Between Green Innovation Financial Constraints & ESG Performance in the UK's 'Dirty' Industry Prof. Yilmaz Guney Johirul Islam How Sustainable Financing Can Facilitate the Sustainable Development Goals for Bangladesh Dr. Abdurafiu Noah Karen Owusu Agyekum The Determinants of Capital Structure of Renewable Energy Investment Projects in Emerging and Developing Economies: The Choice Between Project Financing and Corporate Financing Structures Prof. Ahmed Elmasry Mark Holmes Corporate Governance: A Collection of Essays Prof. Yilmaz Guney Mcfoster Pearson Alick Tembo The Effect of Culture, Religion and Ethnicity on Implementation of CSR Practices in Malawi Dr. Alaa Alhaj Ismail Md Rakibul Islam How Ethical Microfinance Can Help to Achieve Sustainable Developments Goals SDGs Dr. Sarkar Kabir Minacyrial Makin Investigating the Strategic Management of Technological Innovations in the Construction Industry: A Case Study of the Egyptian National Railways Dr. Rita Goyal Mutian Sun Investors? Overconfidence, Trading Behaviour, and Stock Return: Evidence from Coronavirus Epidemic Dr. Jun Wang Portia Hylton The Impact of Audit Committee Characteristics on Earnings Management Pre-During & Post Financial Crisis: Evidence from the United Kingdom Dr. Mei Yu Quintin George Rayer Ethical & Sustainable Investment Tools Methods & Applications Prof. Panagiotis Andrikopoulos Saad Hassan Shangama Corporate Governance and Firm Performance in Listed Companies in the United Kingdom Prof. Ahmed El-Masry Shahriar Khan Three Essays on Green Finance Dr. Sarkar Kabir Simon James Beyond the Carbon Economy: the Legal Framework for Addressing the Renewable Energy Financing Gap in an Emerging Economy Prof. Umut Turksen Stanley Kupezare Gender Diversity & Earnings Management Using Classical Shifting: Evidence from the UK Prof. Panagiotis Andrikopoulos Thomas Kayode Adeyemi Analysis of Corporate Governance Disclosure Statements by UK FTSE 350 Companies Dr. Salem Alhababsah Yueyao Lu Does Climate Risk Affect M&A Decisions of Corporations: A Tax Mining Approach Dr. Masud Ibrahim Yutong Ye Multiple Large Shareholders Structure (MLSS) and Corporate Governance Prof. Yilmaz Guney Zeina Samy Hamed Ibrahim Mohamed Foreign Exchange Risk Corporate Governance at the Time of Pandemics Prof. Ahmed El-Masry Zhongxue Wu The Influence of Political Connections on Chinese Firm's Capital Structure: An Empirical Research Based on Dynamic Capital Structure Prof. Yilmaz Guney
Financial Innovation and Stability
Name Thesis title Director of studies Adam Thompson To What Extent Is Donation Behaviour Sensitive to the Framing of Overhead Expenditure Information in Charitable Giving? Dr. Mehtap Hisarciklilar Caleb Robert Fintech, an Innovative Approach to Risk Management Prof. Ahmed El-Masry Chigozile Nnamdi Chuku Non-Oil Export in the Economic Growth of Nigeria from 1970-2016. A Vector Autoregressive Analysis Dr. Jin Suk Park Dian Nuriyah Solissa Basel III & Islamic Banking Stability Dr. Amir Khorasgani Dumbiri Ezike The Macroeconomic Effect of Intra Regional Trade in Trading Blocs: A Case Study of ECOWAS Member States Dr. Judith Kabajulizi Emily Jane Mace A Case Study of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games 2018: the Economic and Tourism Impacts on South Korea Dr. Benoit Senaux Erefagha Yekorogha Jerome Ukaoke The Effect of Microfinance Services on the Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises Dr. Amir Khorasgani Fahd Azzouz A Textual Data Analysis Model to Predict Stock Markets Directions Using Investor and Social Media Sentiments Prof. Ahmed El-Masry Fatai Olanrewaju Ajidagba Agency Cost & Risk Management Among Non-Financial Firms: A Global Study Prof. Nathan Joseph Jeiel Daven Joseph Quantum Compliance: Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) Change Corporate Investment Migration Forever? Prof. Umut Turksen Kholoud Mashour S Al Garni Financial Inclusion and Bank Performance in MENA Region: A Comparative Analysis Prof. Ahmed El-Masry Leitrim Doyle The Impact of a Dissociative Utility Maximisation Theory in Human Capital Production Dr. Daniel Santamaria Marian Chatoro Pricing Catastrophic Risk Bonds with Expectation-Maximization Algorithms Prof. Panagiotis Andrikopoulos Mohammed Aderemi Adepoju An Empirical Assessment of the Channels Through Which Improved Technology Influences the Long-Term Effect of Erm on Firm Performance: Evidence from the UK Dr. Amir Khorasgani Muhammad Adnan Aslam An Investigation on Stock Market Volatility: A Comparative Study of Developed, Frontier & Emerging Markets Dr. Mohammad Khaleq Newaz Oghenerukevwe Oghenemarho Onomavwe Exploring Free Trade and Protectionism for Economic Growth in Nigeria Dr. Abay Mulatu Phuong Dong Dao The Dark Side of Crowdfunding Dr. Thang Nguyen Reason Chivaka Influences of Socio-Economic Factors on Business Internationalization in Africa by East Asian Companies. A Case Study of Zimbabwe Dr. Jin Suk Park Sa'Adatu Naziru Bamalli Socio-Cultural and Economic Determinants of Maternal Morality in Nigeria: A Study of the North-West Region Dr. Qiaoyuan Lin Vishnee Sowamber Assessment of Opportunities and Challenges Facing Jammu and Kashmir Tourism: A Post-Conflict Perspective Dr. Daniel Santamaria Zhe Kong Prof. Yilmaz Guney
CFCI Faculty Post Graduate Team
Within our collegiate environment, our PhD candidates are well supported both within CFCI and the Faculty of Business and Law. The programmes are overseen by the University's Doctoral College, which gives our PhD candidates access to additional learning, networking and engagement opportunities. Dr Jin Suk Park is the first point of contact for PhD applications, however, CFCI also has a dedicated support team in Faculty:
Senior Research Management
Professor Panagiotis Andrikopoulos – CFCI Executive Director
Research Degree Management
Dr Jin Suk Park – CFCI PGR Director
Nicola Boyle – Operations Manager
Rosie Gibbard – Operations Support Manager
Amy Gravell – Research Support Administrator
Kate Pope - Research Support Administrator
Professor Ahmed El-Masry - Professor in Corporate Finance and Governance, theme Lead for Corporate Finance, Governance and Sustainability (CFGS)
Dr Abay Mulatu - Associate Professor and theme Lead for Financial Innovation and Stability (FIS)
Prof Dr Umut Turksen - Professor in Law, Cluster Lead for Law, Risk and Compliance (LRC)
Our PGR Success Stories and Testimonials
Mairi Laird – 3rd Year PGR Student in CFCI
“I am a third year PGR in the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coventry and have found the staff to be really supportive and helpful. I’ve had some personal issues (two separate broken legs!) and my supervisors were massively accommodating and able to put measures in place so that I could study remotely.
I came direct from industry, and was a mature student with just an undergraduate degree and I was worried that I would be out of my depth and feel like I was making a massive academic jump to PhD level study, but the support of my team and the wider staff community such as student support services and the library subject team have helped to smooth the transition.
I have also been able to take part in two events within the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Sciences on bribery and corruption, helping to present research findings to both the public and to professional interested parties, which will be very useful for me as I look towards what I’m going to do after my PhD”.
Leitrim Pearson – Year 1 PGR student in CFCI
“A PhD programme plays a key role in contributing new knowledge to a field of study as well as developing the skills of the upcoming researcher. Coventry University has provided so far an outstanding experience for this PGR student by improving upon current skill sets such as analysis and problem solving, research and information management, and written and oral communication to develop my identity as a researcher. Equally, the support and resources provided by Coventry University has encouraged progression and development of researchers, emphasising the value that research students in different faculties provided to both institution and wider society. As a result, I would recommend any students wishing to peruse a research degree to highly consider Coventry University if you are passionate about developing intellectually and being part of a wider community that aims to develop our understanding of the world”.