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Johnnie Johnson

Professor of Decision and Risk Analysis

Nottingham Business School


Johnnie is Professor of Decision and Risk Analysis in the Business School. He is also Emeritus Professor of Decision and Risk Analysis within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton.

Johnnie is based within the Accounting and Finance Department of the Business School and is responsible for conducting research and mentoring staff and postgraduate students regarding their research activity.

Career overview

Johnnie began his career working in the Lloyds insurance market in London.

where he completed professional examinations for the Chartered Insurance Institute and was awarded the Lloyds Insurance Brokers Association Prize for outstanding performance. Subsequently, he was appointed Stewart Wrightson Research Fellow (exploring various aspects of risk assessment) at the University of Nottingham, and then lecturer in Management Science at the University of Southampton; where he was awarded his PhD.

He was elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and awarded the title Chartered Mathematician. In 1998 he was awarded a personal chair in the Business School of the University of Southampton. From 2016 he has been Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies (APAGS): a not-for-profit international academic network consisting of scholars, professionals, regulators, and policy makers focussed on gambling research and the gaming business around the world. He joined the Business School at Nottingham Trent University in 2019.

Research areas

Professor Johnson's research focuses on analysing behaviour in speculative markets, including betting, prediction and regular financial markets. He is particularly interested in the manner in which decisions are made in these markets and the extent to which available information is used by market participants. He has led around 50 research projects sponsored by ESRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, and a range of international businesses in the finance and speculation sectors (£3M). He is author of two books and has contributed to a further 23 books, has published around 80 articles in leading international journals and has delivered more than 150 papers at international conferences.

Professor Johnson has advised a number of organisations operating in speculative financial markets concerning trading strategies and risk analysis and has delivered many related executive development courses (e.g. to Bank of China). Based on his research, Professor Johnson has recently secured a patent on a new financial derivative to aid risk management trading.