PhD student in Business Studies: AI and the Financial Markets: Accountability and Risk Management with Legal Tools

Uppsala University

Application deadline:
31 March, 2021

This project is funded by The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS).  The project will be carried out by a team of 3 senior researchers, 2 postdocs, and the intended PhD student. We will examine the management of risks (real or perceived) that emerge from the use of AI algorithms in the financial sector. Law is developing, but legislators cannot keep up, so businesses need to find their own ways of regulating accountability with regard to AI applications using contracts, insurance policies, and so on. The project will be carried out using a combination of traditional legal research methods and empirical research methods. Legal materials and contracts will be analysed with legal methods. Such analyses will be complemented with qualitative interviews with key players in the industry. The senior researchers and the postdocs are all trained legal scholars. In order to complement the team we need a business researcher who can both introduce to us others the theoretical aspects of business studies while developing with us a new theoretical understanding of risk management with legal tools. This person is the intended PhD.

Number of positions: 1

Note: Because of the legal aspects of the projects, it is a merit for applicants to hold a university degree in law. This position is subject to availability of external funding.