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Business and law research supervision

All St Mary's research students are part of our Doctoral College and are supervised by a minimum of two members of staff, each bringing discrete expertise to the research project.

Research supervisors


Philip Booth

Philip is currently researching public choice economics and tax and benefit systems; state pensions systems and inter-generational problems; Catholic social teaching and ethical behaviour in business; and the development of private regulatory institutions within investment markets.
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Judith Bourne

Judith's primary interest is the legal history of the first women lawyers.
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Roberto Castro De Figueiredo

Roberto’s research interests focus on the international law on the protection of foreign investments and the mechanisms for the settlement of disputes between foreign investors and States, especially arbitration under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.


Gherardo Girardi

Gherardo's research interests are wide-ranging and include industrial economics, labour economics, attitudes towards climate change, international business strategy and teaching and learning in higher education. In addition, Gherardo is working on modelling the interaction between profit-maximizing and socially conscientious firms, and on the relationship between economics and faith, in particular the Christian faith. His research in teaching and learning has been sponsored by the Economics Network, formerly of the Higher Education Academy, of which Gherardo is a Fellow. Gherardo is a member of the NGO Good Works and gives public talks on Catholic social thought in the UK and abroad.
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Peter Hill

Dr Peter Hill is research active in the areas of project management, public and social policy, especially the evaluation of policy. His research interests also include strategic management, governance, environmental sustainability, and innovative academic practice.
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Chi Maher

Chi welcomes PhD enquiries in social enterprise/entrepreneurship, public policy, international nonprofit management, public sector management, human resource management and civil society.
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Emanuela Todeva

Emanuela's interdisciplinary research spreads across international business, governance, innovation systems, smart specialisation strategies, business clusters,  global value chains, knowledge co-production, science parks and enterprise incubation.
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