We are delighted to report that SPERI doctoral researcher, Adam Barber, passed his PhD viva on 1 December 2017. His thesis was entitled: ‘Have banks in the UK learned lessons from the 2008 financial crisis?’
His analysis suggested that, following the crisis, different banks have taken different paths. While some institutions have become more risk-averse and display signs of lesson-learning, others have shown little evidence of change. Adam used notions of agency, path dependency and structural competitive pressures to explain these inter-bank variations of behaviour.
The examiners of the thesis were Professor Mick Moran, emeritus professor of government at the University of Manchester, as external and Professor Andrew Baker, SPERI and Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, as internal.
Adam has since been appointed to the position of Senior Research Associate at the new Future Economies Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University. He takes up his position on 1 February 2018 and will hold the post for four years.