Collaborative research projects

Members of the research group are open to receiving enquiries about collaborative research projects from fellow academics at other departments within the University of Glasgow, or from academics at other academic institutions, and from individuals working at non-academic institutions (e.g. organisations in the private and public sector, as well as non-for-profit organisations).

Both academic and non-academic partners might want to browse the profiles of the group’s members to explore their different research interests and their most recent research work. In addition, non-academic partners might want to read about the impact of the group’s research beyond academia.

Recent collaborative projects

As co-I, Iain MacNeil is engaged in the Financial Regulation and Innovation Lab (FRIL), which is a collaboration with colleagues in the Business School (PI John Finch), the University of Strathclyde, FinTech Scotland and various industry partners.   The project is funded by Innovate UK and is part of the UK government’s ‘levelling-up’ agenda. The FRIL delivery framework includes innovation calls, actionable research, knowledge exchange and skills and education. Key themes include simplifying compliance and AI; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG); Consumer Duty inc. financial inclusion; and addressing financial crime. 

As co-PI, Dr Liv Naidoo has recently completed an interdisciplinary project with the British University in Dubai on 'A process model of governance adaptation and performance outcomes in e-commerce permissioned blockchain networks’. It drew on empirical data from e-commerce firms across different financial and commercial sectors. The research will have important managerial implications for companies that join permissioned blockchain networks for e-commerce.

As PI, Dr Liv Naidoo is leading an inter-disciplinary team for a project on Digital Twins and Cyber Risks, funded by Willis Towers Watson's Research Challenge Fund on 'Trust in Technology'. The project will offer valuable insights into how businesses can be nudged towards making better cyber security decisions with a broader societal impact. The outputs will be impactful and relevant to multiple actors across different industries (maritime, cyber, banking, finance).

Collaborative LLM dissertation projects

In addition to externally-funded research projects, members of the research group also welcome enquiries from non-academic institutions to develop collaborative LLM dissertation projects. A collaborative dissertation is a research dissertation conducted between a student and an external partner organisation, with academic guidance and support coming from an academic supervisor. For example, in recent years, our LLM students have written their dissertations in collaboration with international private law firms and international NGOs to support these organisations in the exploration of topics such as the legal obligations of private and public actors to take into account the impact of their operations on the current climate emergency. The University of Glasgow’s Collaborative Dissertation Initiative is based on an awareness that many organisations need good quality research and that students are often eager to conduct research, which has immediate relevance to external organisations and demonstrates the application of their academic learning.

For general enquiries about collaborative LLM dissertations, please contact Dr Javier Solana. To discuss the details of a specific collaborative research project, including collaborative LLM dissertations, please contact the relevant member of the group whose research you find most relevant.