Dr Arhat Virdi
Stipendiary Lecturer in Management
Tutorial Fellow in Finance & Accounting (SBS)
Arhat read PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics) at The Queen’s College (University of Oxford) prior to embarking on postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics (LSE). Having taken an MSc in Economics & Philosophy, Arhat’s intention thereafter was to pursue a PhD in Economics, but he stayed at the LSE to take a PhD in Philosophy instead having been seduced into wrestling important topics in the fields of mathematical & philosophical logic, as well as the philosophy of science. Concurrently, Arhat taught numerous undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the LSE departments of Economics, Management, Mathematics and Philosophy – whilst also being awarded an LSE Fellowship in Economics – as well as being responsible for a varied suite of Executive Education deliveries under the aegis of LSE’s corporate arm, LSE Enterprise. During his time at the LSE, Arhat also undertook research and teaching posts at the University of Bielefeld, City University (London) and Hong Kong University. Subsequently, Arhat moved into a senior management role within financial services regulation prior to returning to Oxford to first take up a teaching fellowship within the FAME (Finance, Accounting, Management & Economics) group of Saïd Business School. He was then additionally appointed as a stipendiary lecturer in management at Hertford College before also accepting a lectureship in economics at St Peter’s College. Arhat is also a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
For undergraduates reading Economics, Arhat teaches Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Game Theory and International Economics. For undergraduates reading Management, Arhat teaches Finance and Accounting. He also teaches a range of FAME (as well as Philosophy) courses to visiting students across the university.
For postgraduates, Arhat teaches across the FAME spectrum to MBA, Executive MBA and MFE (Masters in Financial Economics) students at Saïd Business School. He was responsible for conceiving, integrating and course directing the Applications of Game Theory elective which began running in 2015.
Arhat’s teaching is characterised by friendly discipline, good order and a deep study of the issues.
Arhat’s current research interests include risk management (financial and enterprise), the interplay between (re)insurance and capital markets, the possibility of objectivity in financial reporting, and applications of game theory to real world, business problems. Arhat is concerned to apply the kind of analytical rigour found in philosophical analysis to business school research.
Arhat is also involved in the delivery of a full range of solutions to institutional and corporate clients, which help complement the undertaking of his research. One of his more recent engagements concerned liquidity risk management and involved developing behaviourialisation models for non-maturity deposits in helping a major bank reap benefits from the design of the Basel III Liquidity Coverage Ratio requirement.