PhD students

Meet some of our Phd students and research graduates.

Lechedzani M Kgari
I am a doctoral researcher at Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance. Before pursuing my research, I worked for ten years with the Bank of Botswana. I hold a Bachelor of Finance from the University of Botswana and a MSc in Financial Forecasting and Investment from the University of Glasgow. My research interests include bank business models, institutional diversity and banking in Africa.
Hiep Luu
I am a doctoral researcher in Finance. I obtained my Masters (MLitt) in Finance and Management from the University of St Andrews (UK) in 2014. In 2016, I received a School of Management Doctoral Scholarship for my PhD studies.

My research focuses on banking regulations, macroprudential policies and risk management. My research has been published in international outlets such as International Review of Financial Analysis, International Journal of Managerial Finance and Finance Research Letters, among others. I am a regular speaker at international conferences and meetings organised by central banks and international organisations, including the State Bank of Vietnam and the Asian Development Bank Institute.

I have taught undergraduate courses on financial accounting and derivatives at the University of St Andrews and FPT University. Before joining academia, I spent several years in commercial banks as a senior risk analyst.
Lemonia Marina Rempoutsika
I am a PhD student in Banking and Finance with the Financial Institutions and Market (FIM) group at the University of St Andrews, with a scholarship from the School of Management. I have been a teaching assistant at the School since February 2019. I acquired an MSc in Accounting, Auditing and Finance (Distinction) from the Hellenic Mediterranean University and a BSc in Applied Mathematics (particularly specialised in Financial Mathematics) from the University of Crete.

My research interests are based on the field of financial reporting quality for financial and non-financial institutions. I am focusing my current research on how the various forms of regulations in the banking and credit union industry affect financial reporting quality.
Caixia Shu
I am a PhD candidate in Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews. I received my masters degree from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China.

My research focuses mainly on corporate finance in China. Specifically, my research is about corporate governance and political uncertainty in China, such as the role of independent directors on dividend payout, the impact of political turnover on corporate investment and cash management. I am also interested in corporate innovation, banking, political economy and corporate social responsibility.

My working papers include:
• Board independence and dividend payout in China
• Political Turnover: Challenges and Opportunities for Corporate Investment.

I am a recipient of scholarship support from the University of St Andrews joint with Chinese Scholarship Council full scholarship for PhD study.
Muhammed Yilmaz
I received my MSc in Finance from Bilkent University, MSc in Economics from Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and BSc in Management from Bilkent University. I worked in the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) as a junior economist before moving to the UK.

My primary research interests focus on empirical banking and corporate finance. My secondary research areas include financial markets and international finance.

My studies are funded by University of St Andrews School of Management.

My earlier research has been published in Economics Letters, Research in International Business and Finance, Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Borsa Istanbul Review, Central Bank Review, CBRT Working Papers and CBRT Research Notes in Economics.

Further information can be found at my research profile.
Yeliangzi Zheng
I am a PhD student at the University of St Andrews, School of Management. I hold an MSc in Banking and Finance from the University of St Andrews and a BSc in Finance from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China. Before I pursued a PhD, I worked as a financial industry analyst assistant in one of the biggest Chinese investment banks.

My research focuses on banking, stock informativeness, liquidity creation and internal capital markets. Specifically, in my first project, I studied the relationship of stock price synchronicity of price informativeness.

My PhD is funded by the China Scholarship Council-University of St Andrews Scholarships.
Yeliangzi Zheng