Digital financial inclusion: the role of banking

This is a very important area in banking, the relevance of which has accelerated by digital banking and the effects of the pandemic. Financial inclusion is central in improving the lives of individuals, businesses and communities and the role of banks in facilitating access to and usage of affordable banking services is instrumental to unlock the potential for growth among these communities and to meet important societal needs, namely the alleviation of poverty. 

Supervisor:  This project will be supervised by Professor Catarina Figueira, an expert in banking who advises a number of financial institutions and regularly engages with bankers, having also developed the first Mastership programme in retail and digital banking in the UK.

Application details:  The PhD candidate should hold a minimum 2.1 class undergraduate degree in economics, finance or related discipline and have passed, or expect to have passed by autumn, a Master’s degree or equivalent research experience in a work setting. See Admission Requirements for English language requirements.

Deadline:  Expressions of interest alongside a CV are invited via email to