Dr Yuan Zhao

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 real estate department 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 fund performance evaluation, asset pricing, volatility forecasting, 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.pdf for more details.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Head of International Finance and Political Relations (PGT)
  • Director of Bloomberg Trading Floor
  • Co-ordinator of External Research Seminar in Finance 
External Memberships

Certified FRM


Research Overview

Asset Pricing Theories; Fund Performance Evaluation; Volatility Forecasting; Portfolio Theory.

Current Research

Fund Performance and Management; Risk Management and Spillovers.

Funding and Grants

IPF Research Programme on Hurdle Rates Investigation.


Teaching Responsibilities

Course Co-ordinator

  • 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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  • Diversification Power of Real Estate Market Securities: The Role of Financial Crisis and Dividend Policy

    Ilbasmis, M., Gronwald, M., Zhao, Y. Y.
    Working Papers and Discussion Papers: Discussion Papers
  • Could Block Chain Technology Help Resolve the Cloud Forensic Problem?

    Duncan, B., Zhao, Y.
    The Ninth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization. Duncan, B., Lee, Y. W., Olmsted, A. (eds.). [28014] IARIA pp. 39-44, 6 pages.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Corporate Governance, Risk Appetite and Cloud Security Risk: A Little Known Paradox. How Do We Square the Circle?

    Duncan, B., Zhao, Y., Whittington, M.
    Eighth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization (CLOUD COMPUTING 2017). Westphall, C. B., Lee, Y. W., Duncan, B., Olmsted, A., Vassilakopoulos, M., Lambrinoudakis, C., Katsikas, S. K., Ege, R. (eds.). [28008] Athens: IARIA pp. 139-144, 6 pages.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • An Investigation of Hurdle Rates in the Real Estate Investment Process

    Hutchison, N. E., Lizieri, C., MacGregor, B. D., Mansley, N., Portlock, R., Schulz, R., Zhao, Y. Y.
    Investment Property Forum
    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals

Working Papers and Discussion Papers