Dr Yuan Zhao
Dr Yuan Zhao

Dr Yuan Zhao




Room S71
Edward Wright Building
Dunbar St
Aberdeen AB24 3QY


Dr Yuan Zhao is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Finance at the University of Aberdeen. Yuan joined business school in 2014, after gained her PhD in Real Estate at the University of Aberdeen. She also holds an MSc in Finance from Manchester Business School, and is a certified FRM. Her research areas cover mutual funds, portfolio optimization, cryptocurrencies, risk management, housing index, and various finance and real estate subjects. She is also closely involved in the consultancy work on leasehold relativity, and IPF hurdle rate research project. Please see her CV for more details.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Program Director of International Finance and Political Relations (PGT)
  • Director of Bloomberg Trading Floor
  • Coordinator of External Research Seminar in Finance 
  • Member of Academic Integrity Committee
External Memberships

Certified FRM


Research Overview

  • Asset Pricing Theories
  • Fund Performance and Competition
  • Volatility and Risk Management
  • Portfolio Theory
  • Cryptocurrencies

Current Research

  • Fund Family Competition
  • Herding among Cryptocurrencies
  • Fund Sustainability 

Funding and Grants

IPF Research Programme on Hurdle Rates Investigation


Teaching Responsibilities

Course Coordinator

  • FI1004/PO1002 Finance, Risk and Investment (SCNU)
  • BU5975 Professional Skills for Finance and Data Analysis
  • BU5546 Empirical Methods in Finance

Course Team-member

  • FI4003 Empirical Methods in Finance
  • BU5596 International Finance

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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals

Working Papers and Discussion Papers