Research Thought Leaders
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Professor of International Management
Head of School of Finance and Management
Reinhard Bachmann is co-investigator on the ESRC-DFID Project (ES/N013344/2): Delivering Inclusive Financial Development and Growth. His research focuses on issues of Strategic Management, Organisational Analysis and Comparative Management. Specifically, the role of social mechanisms (trust, power etc.) and societal influences (institutional arrangements, cultural traditions) on the structure and strategic organisation of business relationships are emphasised in his work. He is the founding Director of Centre for Trust Research (CTR).
Professor of Economics
Pasquale Scaramozzino is Professor of Economics in the School of Finance and Management at SOAS University of London. He has taught at the University of Bristol, University College London and Università di Roma Tor Vergata. He received a Laurea in Scienze Statistiche ed Economiche
from Università di Roma La Sapienza, and an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. He has published in a number of academic journals including Economica, Economic Journal, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Population Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford Review of Economic Policy and World Economy. His current research interests include financial economics, comparative economics and applied econometrics.
Professor of Financial Economics
Ciaran Driver's research interests are capital investment, industrial economics, innovation and corporate governance on which he has published widely. He has held visiting posts at the Australian National University and Stellenbosch University, has been attached to several global business schools, and has advised UK and international public bodies on capital investment policies. Recent projects include a study of UK dividend behaviour; and South African business survey forecasts. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation.
Professor of International Business and Management
Head of the Doctoral Programme in School of Finance and Management
Before joining SOAS, Gerhard Kling was Professor of Finance at the School of Management, University of Southampton. He held academic posts at Bristol Business School and Utrecht University. He worked as a Practice Specialist in Corporate Finance at McKinsey & Company, where he mainly focused on firm valuation and M&As. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Tuebingen and was awarded the Dissertation Prize of the International Economic History Association. He has published in the British Journal of Management, International Journal of Research in Marketing and R&D Management. His current research focuses on M&A, internationalisation, corporate governance and corporate finance.
Professor Laixiang Sun
Research Professor of Chinese Business and Management
Laixiang Sun was Head of School of Finance and Management between 2004-2005, and 2008-2012. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). He received his PhD in Economics from Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The Netherlands, and a holder of Fellowship of Dutch Government. He has produced more than 140 research publications in regional sciences and regional economics, environmental sciences and management, business and management studies, integrated modelling, and ecological economics. He has been a principal investigator or leading scientist in a number of research projects sponsored by the EU; British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, ESRC, and Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the UK; Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Natural Sciences Foundation, and Ministry of Education in China. He has taught more than 20 different courses in universities in China, the Netherlands, Finland, the UK, and the USA spanning from systems analysis, economics, econometrics, calculus to corporate governance and international business studies.
Professor of Quantitative Finance
Before joining SOAS, Chris Adcock was Professor of Financial Econometrics at the University of Sheffield. Sometime visiting Professor at the Universities of Durham, Southampton and Minho. His research interests are in portfolio selection, asset pricing theory and the development of quantitative techniques for portfolio management. He has acted as advisor to several international investment managers. He is founding editor of The European Journal of Finance. He has been as associate editor of several finance journals and Series C and D of the Journals of the Royal Statistical Society. His current research projects are in portfolio performance measurement, portfolio selection, skewness and option returns, with collaborations with universities in the UK, the European Union and China.
Professor in Finance and Management for the Middle East
Bassam Fattouh specialises in international oil pricing systems, OPEC pricing power, security of Middle Eastern oil supplies, and the dynamics of oil prices and oil price differentials. He has published a variety of articles on oil and gas topics and his publications have appeared in academic and professional journals. He served as a member of an independent expert group established to provide recommendations to the 12th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting for strengthening the architecture of the producer-consumer dialogue through the IEF. He also acts as an adviser to governments and industry, and is a regular speaker at international conferences. His research focus is on aspects of the international oil pricing system such as the relationship between the futures market and spot market, the relationship between OPEC and the market, the causes of oil price volatility and the dynamics of oil price differentials. He also focuses his research on the IOC-NOC relationship and its implications for investment behaviour. He has a strong background in the economic environment of the Middle East. He is also the Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.
Professor in Financial Economics
Hong Bo is Professor in Financial Economics at School of Finance & Management, SOAS University of London. She is a research associate of the Centre for East Asia Macro-Economic Studies, University of Hagen, Germany. Hong Bo received her degrees in Economics from Lanzhou University (BA); Renmin University of China (MSc); London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (MSc.); and University of Groningen, the Netherlands (PhD). Before joining SOAS in 2004, she was an assistant professor at Faculty of Economics, University of Groningen. Her research covers topics in financial economics, including firm investment decisions under uncertainty, capital market imperfections, comparative financial systems, corporate finance, corporate governance, and the Chinese economy. She has published more than 20 articles in internationally well-recognized academic journals, including Journal of Corporate Finance, Review of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Economica, Regional Studies, European Journal of Finance, and International Review of Financial Analysis, etc..
Senior Lecturer in Financial Studies; Research Coordinator
Yoshikatsu received his Ph.D. with specialisations in financial institutions and organisational form, from the University of Nottingham. He also holds an M.B.A from the London Business School. He was formerly a lecturer in corporate finance in Loughborough University and taught various undergraduate and post-graduate modules in the area of finance. Prior to academia, Yoshikatsu lived and worked in Tokyo and London for nine years where he was a fund manager in a Japanese asset management firm. His main research interests lie in asset management firms and their products. Recently he has developed a special interest in the areas of corporate governance, and the banking industry in Japan. His research topics in these areas have attracted grants from the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee (UK) and the British Academy. His works resulted in publications in journals such as Corporate Governance: An International Review, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, and Journal of Management Studies.
Senior Lecturer of Public Policy and Management
Alberto Asquer holds a degree in Economics and a research doctorate in Italy, where he also qualified and worked as chartered accountant. He also holds a MSc in Management and a PhD on regulation of infrastructure and utilities from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests are primarily in the fields of public management and public financial management, with a specific focus on areas such as strategy, innovation, organisational change, and public-private partnerships. He is also interested in the relationship between complexity and public policy. His recent works include the books Public Sector Management (with Norman Flynn, SAGE, 2017) Public Sector Revenue (Routledge, 2017), and Regulation of Infrastructure and Utilities (Palgrave, 2018). He published research articles in journals such as Public Management Review, Governance, International Public Management Journal, Water Resources Management, and Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics.
Lecturer in Banking and Finance
Maurizio Fiaschetti is the academic director of the MSc in Finance (major: Banking). Before joining SOAS University of London he held academic positions at Oxford University, and at Universita’ di Roma – Tor Vergata. Previously he held research positions at Fondazione Manlio Masi and at Consorzio PattiChiari (Italian Bankers Association) focusing on the enforcement mechanisms of the EU financial regulation and on the internationalisation of the Italian SMEs. He was also an external advisor for the Italian National Institute on a due diligence process regarding the international best practices to calculate inflation. His research interests are focused on applied econometrics, banking and economic geography. His papers have been published in world’s leading journals such as the Journal of Economic Geography and Games and Economic Behaviour.
Lecturer in Chinese Business and Management
Damian Tobin's research interests are Hong Kong's financial system, especially Chinese banks and their management, Renminbi internationalisation, bank reform and monetary policy in China, economic modernisation, the State and living standards in China, management reforms, especially in the oil sector. He is the academic programme director of International Management (China) at Centre for Financial and Management Studies.