This section lists out available PhD research topics which emanate from the research interests listed below. The topics are supervised in the UK and internationally under the auspices of the Statistics, Information Modelling and Financial Mathematics (SIMFIM) Research Group, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), UK. For further information, please contact Tel: +44114 225 6708 (0ffice); +447772632150 (mobile); Emails: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . See also a brief profile of the Coordinating Director of Studies, Dr Patrick Oseloka EZEPUE in the Resource Person’s section of this website.

Primary research interests

Stochastic modelling and applied statistics in finance, insurance, economics, banking and business (STOMFIEBB); financial mathematics (FIM); statistical modelling and informatics (STAMINF); business analytics and decision support systems (BADSS), higher education research and innovation (HERI); the pedagogy of modelling and mathematical sciences (PEMMS)

Secondary research interests:

Education and entrepreneurship; innovation and creativity; statistical modelling; business and finance; development studies and informatics; ICT, CRM and project management

Pathways for the PhD supervision

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The topics will be preferably supervised at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK (SHU), jointly with experienced academic staff from SHU and any other collaborating staff who are research associates with the Statistics, Information Modelling and Financial Mathematics Research Group of SHU (SIMFIM).

On a case-by-case basis, the topics will be supervised outside the UK through Split PhD Programmes in which the student will work with an experienced SHU staff as International Supervisor, typically as Director of Studies (DOS), and a local supervisor in a university in the student’s country. This arrangement is usually reinforced with staff exchange visits across the universities at inflection points in the research process and, where possible, a 6-month to 1-year research visit by the student to SHU during which the detailed critical literature and structuring of the PhD proposal is implemented.

The on-costs for visits by the SHU academic are paid for by the student additional to the research visitor fees. Typically, the research visitor fees are in line with the current international PhD fees during the inception of the research.

It is intended that in order for the supervision effort to benefit colleagues of the PhD students and visitors in their home countries, there should be knowledge exchange seminars and workshops delivered by the SHU SIMFIM Supervisor to academics and students in the participating higher education institutions in the topic areas and surrounding disciplines.

Ultimately, every successful PhD student becomes an Associate Member of the SIMFIM Research group to enable them continue to develop their academic careers through sustained collaborations and joint publications with SIMFIM academic supervisors and co-researchers.

We would like to caution potential candidates that the SIMFIM research programmes are always oversubscribed. Given the constraints on the numbers of PhD students which SHU allows a Director of Studies to manage in any academic session (6 FT equivalent students), spaces are always limited. For example, for the 2015/16 session, there is no place available, and for the 2016/17 academic session only 4 spaces out of the 6 places remain with Dr Ezepue as DOS. However, students whose research topics will be awarded in their home-based universities are not affected by these constraints since the degrees are not SHU degrees, but supported by SHU experts as part of SIMFIM’s knowledge exchange and research partnerships. For these degrees, the costs of research visit by SHU staff are paid for by the student.

Admission dates

Admissions to SHU SIMFIM PhD research programmes and SHU generally can be formalised at two periods in a session depending on supervisor-student preferences – September of a year and January of the next year.

Related research collaborations aim to:

  • partner HEIs globally in improving the quality of teaching and research in the mathematical sciences;
  • work with recognized universities around the world for split-site supervision of doctoral research in the mathematical sciences, as this strategy has the potential of improving quality and saving costs;
  • promote the development of the mathematical sciences, through attractive incentives, as well as provision of funds for prizes, fellowships, conference/workshop participation and textbook writing;
  • establish linkages with the private sector as sources of real life problems and potential research collaborations;
  • work with industry and the private sector to sustain and expand their ongoing support for the development and application of the mathematical sciences to real life problems, through the award of fellowships, funding of research projects;
  • partner with departments of mathematical sciences in African and developing country universities to organize periodic conferences, seminars and workshops that focus on the mathematical modelling, simulation, statistical analysis and scientific computing of industrial and development-related problems, for example;
  • encourage and promote research visits and internships by staff and students of the mathematical sciences to various sectors of the industry;
  • sustain and expand their support for manpower development in the mathematical sciences, through the award of scholarships/bursaries to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who enrol in programmes of study in these sciences;
  • · foster academic-industry collaboration through the establishment of a special fund to support visits/internships by staff and students of the mathematical sciences to African industries, and those of other developing countries.

Current PhD students 
Dr Patrick Oseloka EZEPUE is the DOS for the following new PhD students (starting 2012/13 academic session):

  • Integrated Business Modelling and Service Innovations in Event Management: The Ghanaian Experience (Nyarko, Nana, UK , to start February 2016)
  • Stochastic-Time Series Modelling for the Banking Sector of the Nigerian Stock Market (Raheem, Maruf Ariyo, Nigeria)
  • Time Series and Macroeconomic Modelling of Oil Price Fluctuations in Nigeria (Awidan, Rabia, Libya)
  • Functional Analysis and Stochastic Models in Nigerian Financial Markets (Nnanwa, Chimezie Peters, Nigeria)
  • Stochastic Calculus Derivatives and Financial Engineering in the Nigerian Stock Market (Urama, Thomas Chinwe, Nigeria)
  • Integrated Born-Global Business Modelling for Innovation and Profitable Growth in Nigerian Higher Education (Ochinanwata, Nonso Hyginus, Nigeria)
  • Digital Services Adoption, Customer Experience and Bank Financial Performance in  the UK (Mbama, Cajetan Ikechuwu, UK)

Previous PhD students

Dr EZEPUE was the DOS or co-supervised the following PhD students:

  • Experimental Investigation and Modelling of a Thermal-Photovoltaic Crops Dryer in Nigeria (Akinboro, Festus, Nigeria, Completed 2015)
  • Strategic Marketing Relationship and Re-Intermediation Models in Insurance (DOS), (Alun Brain, UK), Completed 2014)
  • The Pedagogy and Practice of Real Estate Management in Nigeria: Entrepreneurial Perspectives (DOS) (Uche Egwuatu (Mrs), Nigeria, Completed 2013)
  • Stochastic Models in Financial Market Analysis: Case Study of the Nigerian Stock Market (DOS) (Mahmoud Taib, Libya, Completed 2012)
  • Data Mining Techniques and Breast Cancer Prediction: A Case Study of Libya (DOS), (Mohamed Salem, Libya, Completed 2012)
  • Studies in e-Government Applications in Egypt (Co-Supervisor), Adham El Shetehy Egypt, Completed 2011)

Indicative list of PhD topics

Currently available PhD research topics

1. Integrated Business Modelling and Services Innovations in Event Management: The Ghanaian Experience [Nana Nyarko, Sheffield Hallam University, UK]

2. Integrated Business Modelling and Services Innovations in Event Management: The Nigerian Experience

3. Business Model Innovation, CRM and Integrated Project Management in Nigerian Higher Education (12 words) [Michael Ifeanyi Ilogu, Sheffield Hallam University, UK]

4. Integrated Business Modelling and Services Innovations in the Nigerian Public Sector

5. Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation and Profitable Growth Among Selected Saudi Arabian SMEs

6. Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation and Profitable Growth Among Selected Nigerian SMEs

7. Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation and Profitable Growth Among Selected Ghanaian SMEs

8. Data Science-Based Valuations, Business Development and Entrepreneurial Finance in Biotechnology Firms

9. A Comparative Event History Analysis of the Political Economy of Nigeria under Different Administrations

10. Strategic Thinking, Electoral Geography and Political Economy Research and Consulting: Models and Informatics

11. Reinventing Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Employability Education Using a Visual Canvas: Focus on Developing Countries

12. Integrated Project Management across the Triple Helix of Academia, Industry and Government: Theory, Cases and Enabling Canvas

13. The Pedagogy and Practice of Statistical Science: Entrepreneurial Perspectives. GLAF Publishing, Inc.

14. Electoral Geography, Strategic National Economic Development and Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria

15. Intelligent Data Mining and Geospatial Modelling of Police-Community Surveys: Strategies for Enhancing National Security in a Developing Country

16. Information Modelling for Knowledge-Based Events: The Masterplan for Transforming Knowledge Economy Firms into Global Operations

17. Strategic e-Marketing for Born-Global Firms in Nigeria

18. Strategic e-Marketing for Born-Global Firms in Ghana

19. Strategic e-Marketing for Born-Global Firms in Egypt

20. Strategic e-Marketing for Born-Global Firms in South

21. Strategic e-Marketing for Born-Global Firms in

22. Integrated Business Modelling for Innovation and Profitable Growth in Start-Up Nigerian Banks (12 words).

23. Stochastic and Control Engineering Models in the Nigerian Financial Markets: Case Study of Banking and Telecommunications Sectors

24. Developing Credit Risk Scoring and Performance Management Analytics for African Banks

25. Curbing Corruption in Africa through Credit and Political Economy Score-carding (10 words)

26. Integrated Business Modelling for a Born-Global Energy Research Firm in Nigeria

27. Strategic Business Development and Marketing Planning for an Innovative Nigerian Energy Research and Consulting Firm

28. Strategic Marketing Pricing Revenue Management and Profitable Growth of Nascent Electricity Firms in Nigeria

29. Strategic Business Development and Promotion for a Nigerian Higher Education Research and Innovation Laboratory

30. Integrated Business Model Innovation for a Development-Oriented On-line Publishing Firm (11 words)

31. Exploring Career Self-Management and Performance Score-carding in Higher Education: The Nigerian Experience

32. Career Self-Management and Performance Score-carding in Banking and Financial Services: The Nigerian Experience

33. Data Mining, Customer Relationship Modelling and Bank Financial Management in Nigeria

34. Data Mining, Customer Relationship Modelling and Bank Financial Management in Ghana

35. Information Modelling and Strategic Planning for Crime Intelligence and Policing

36. Geospatial Modelling and Strategic Planning for Crime Intelligence and Control

37. Teaching and Researching Mathematical and Statistical Finance Entrepreneurially

38. Creating Entrepreneurial Universities in Nigeria: Strategies, Cases and Enabling Frameworks

39. Teaching Secondary School Mathematics Innovatively, Functionally and Entrepreneurially

40. Information Modelling and Anti-Corruption Political Economy Score-carding in a Developing Country

41. Information Modelling and Mobile Applications Development for Knowledge Intensive Career Advancement

42. Innovation, Adaptation and Profitable-Growth Enhancement Characteristics of Born-Global Firms

43. Stochastic-Time Series Modelling for the Banking Sector of the Nigerian Stock Market (Maruf Ariyo Raheem, Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

44. Stochastic-Time Series Modelling for the Telecommunications Sector of the Nigerian Stock Market

45. Stochastic-Time Series Modelling for the Energy Sector of the Nigerian Stock Market (Rabia Awidan, Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

46. Stochastic-Time Series Modelling for the Agricultural Sector of the Nigerian Stock Market

47. Stochastic-Time Series Modelling for the Manufacturing Sector of the Nigerian Stock Market

48. Stochastic Analysis and Financial Engineering in the Nigerian Financial Markets

49. Contributions to Limit Theorems and Statistical Inference on Stochastic Processes

50. Branching Stochastic Processes and Extinction Behaviour of Animals in Biological Populations

51. Financial Time Series, Extreme Value Theory and Quantitative Financial Risk Management

52. Characterisation of Nigerian Financial Markets: Stochastic Modelling Perspectives

53. Characterisation of Nigerian Financial Markets: Functional and Stochastic Analyses Perspectives

54. Characterisation of Nigerian Financial Markets: Empirical Finance Perspectives

55. Characterisation of Nigerian Financial Markets: Financial Engineering Perspectives

56. Characterisation of Nigerian Financial Markets: Implications for Financial Reforms and Policy Making

57. The Pedagogy and Practice of Statistical Modelling: Entrepreneurial Perspectives

58. Social Media, Electoral Geography, Information Modelling and Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria

59. Intelligent Data Mining, Geospatial Modelling, Police-Community Relations and National Security: Case Study of Nigeria

60. Data Mining and Model Based Performance Management in High Knowledge Intensive Careers

61. Heuristics, Software Engineering and Model Based Performance in High Knowledge Intensive Careers

62. Model Based Performance and Career-Self Management in Knowledge Intensive Work Environments?

63. Business model innovation for developing born-global firms in corporate academic career knowledge management (12 words)

64. Born-Global business model innovation for developing an online African marketplace (11 words)

65. Born-Global business model innovation for developing challenger banks in Nigeria (10 words)

66. Born-Global business model innovation for real estate management and business (10 words)

67. Born-Global business model innovation for academic and professional publishing in developing countries (12 words)

68. Born-Global business model innovation for online advanced tuition and research support services (12 words)

69. Integrated born-global business model for remote web-driven graduate research supervision (10 words)

70. Born-Global business model innovation for entrepreneurial higher education in Sub-Sahara Africa (10 words)

71. Born-Global business model innovation for research-informed management consulting services and training (11 words)

72. Born-Global business model innovation for profitable growth in energy firms (10 words)

73. Born-Global business model innovation for integrated health clinics in developing countries (11 words)

74. Born-Global business model innovation for enhanced government services in Nigeria (10 words)

75. Business model innovation for internationalisation and profitable growth in the Nigerian agriculture sector (13 words)

76. Stochastic Modelling and Quantitative Risk Management in Nigerian Banks (9 words)

77. Stochastic Modelling and Portfolio Management in Nigerian Banks (8 words)

78. Stochastic Models of Buyer Behaviour with Applications in Banking (9 words)

79. Uncertainty and Random Matrix Theories for Derivative Pricing in the Ghanaian Stock Exchange (13 words)

80. Uncertainty and Random Matrix Theories for Portfolio Optimization and Risk Management (11 words)

81. Higher Education Research-Teaching Excellence in Developing Countries: Strategy and Performance Management Perspectives (12 words)

82. Higher Education Research-Teaching Excellence in Nigeria: Strategy, Performance Management and Academic Entrepreneurship Perspectives (13 words)

83. Resource-Based Models of Strategic Management and Academic Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (11 words)

84. Business Model Innovation, Research-Teaching Excellence, Strategy and Performance Management in Nigerian Universities (12 words)

85. Business Model Innovation, Service Excellence, and Performance Management in Public Services: The Nigerian Experience (12 words)

86. Resource-Based Strategic Execution, University-Industry-Government Collaboration, and Research-Teaching Excellence in Nigerian Universities (11 terms)

87. Exploring Knowledge-Based Theories of Competitive Advantage of Organisations in Higher Education: The Nigerian Experience (13 words)

88. Exploring Knowledge-Based Theories of Organisational Innovation in Higher Education: The Nigerian Experience (12 words)

89. Exploring Resourced-Based Theories of Organisational Innovation in Higher Education: The Nigerian Experience (13 words)

90. Combining Knowledge- and Resource-Based Models of Innovation in Higher Education: The Nigerian Experience (13 words)

91. Micro-Macro Market Structure Underpinnings of Higher Education Research and Teaching Excellence in Nigerian Universities (12 words)

92. Resource-Based View of Strategic Management in Nigerian Universities: Classical Ricardian and Evolutionary Economics Perspectives (14 words)

93. Integrated Corporate Academic Business Model Innovation: Insights from Celebrity Success Stories (11 words)

94. Business Model Innovation for Enhanced Monetary-Fiscal Policies and Revenue Management in Nigeria (13 words)

95. Business Model Innovation for Developing a Challenger International Credit Rating Agency (11 words)

96. Business Model Innovation and Computer Game-Boards for Strategic Management and Research-Teaching Excellence in Universities (14 words) or Business Model Innovation, Computer Game-Boards, Strategic Management and Research-Teaching Excellence in Universities (12 words)

97. Business Model Innovation, Computer Game-Boards, Strategic Management and Excellence in Public Services (13 words)

98. Integrated Business Modelling and Planning for a STELLARTEXT Corporate Academic Writing App (12 words)

99. Integrated Business Modelling, Expert Dating Algorithms for Crowd-Solving Globally Challenging Problems (11 words, more than 20 PhD topics selected from UN 20130 SDGs, for example)

100. Integrated Business Modelling, Web-enabled Higher Education Connections and Research-Teaching Innovations (10 words)

101. Big Data Analytics and Innovative Academic Planning and Budgeting in Nigerian Universities (12 words) [To be supported by GLAF-IBMT Innovation Lab Events on the key themes]

102. Big Data Analytics and Enterprising Engineering for Re-envisioning Higher Education Business Models (12 words) [Again, to be supported by GLAF-IBMT Innovation Lab Events on the key themes]