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The Finance Group (FIN) led by Apostolos Kourtis produces world class research with high application impact. In terms of subject area, it is ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK (Guardian 2020). NBS is recognised in REF2014 as being amongst the top 10 business schools in the UK for research output quality, while UEA is ranked amongst the top 200 universities worldwide.

The group is recognised internationally in the academic community through prominent publications in Asset Pricing, Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance and Banking. Areas of specific interest include financial technology, estimation risk, time series econometrics and environmental finance. Group members co-organise annually the International Symposium in Finance (ISF). As proud members of the European Education Initiative for Sustainable Finance (EEI), our ethos and values reflect a firm commitment to responsible finance, environmental sustainability and impact investing.

Group members have an active role in the practice of finance through their involvement with private and public organisations. Raphael Markellos  is a board member of the Financial Industry Group (FIG), which promotes and develops the financial and related professional services cluster in Norwich. Norwich is recognised by the UK Trade & Investment Financial Services Organisation (UKTI FSO) as one of the 15 financial centres of excellence in the UK. Yifan Chen (CFA) leads the links with professional bodies and coordinates agreements such as the CFA Institute University Affiliation programme and the CISI Education Partner accreditation.

Finance group members deliver teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive level. The quality of teaching is reflected in the recently awarded Gold Award under the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). Our pedagogy emphasises action learning, interdisciplinarity, simulations, role playing and the case study method. We use the latest technology and educational material provided by organisations such as Harvard Business Publishing (through an Unlimited Catalogue Access Agreement), Amplify Trading, Thomson Reuters and Financial Trading System (FTS). We are active members of the MaCuDe initiative of AACSB which aims to reboot the traditional business education for a digital environment. Our commitment to innovation is reflected in the development of the UEA FinTech Lab, a dedicated learning facility with the latest technology, data and software. From there we have recently launched a global initiative for school children called Moneyhack. This aims at helping young people learn more about the exciting new world of finance and technology. Our focus is employability, diversity and widening participation by bridging the existing gap in terms of digital, business and financial literacy. Sessions are taught in collaboration with experienced professionals from world-leading organisations.

 An essential part of our group activity is related to the NBS doctoral programme. The unique approach of supervision in the finance group combines formal training with that of an apprenticeship. The programme leverages our significant experience in research supervision and reflects the professional success of the doctoral graduates we have supervised which have taken on academic posts in international academic institutions such as Manchester Business School, Leeds University Business School, Edinburgh Business School, UEA, University Utrecht, Cranfield University, University of Essex, and, Brunel Business School. Our PhD candidates typically undertake empirical research using a variety of quantitative methods. Research topics are strongly linked to the interests and expertise of staff and include most traditional areas of finance. PhD candidates are supervised by 2 or 3 members of staff. If you are interested in studying for a PhD in Finance at NBS, please contact Apostolos Kourtis or Raphael Markellos.


Group Members and Interests

Matt Burke - PhD candidate: Empirical Finance, Behavioural Finance and Credit Derivatives (supervisors: Apostolos Kourtis and Raphael Markellos).

Dr Yifan Chen, Lecturer: Asset pricing and market microstructure, corporate finance, market efficiency

Dr George Daskalakis, Lecturer: Empirical Finance, Energy Finance, Environmental Finance, Operations - Finance Interface.

Dr Patrycja Klusak, Lecturer:  Credit Rating Agencies, Regulation on Credit Rating Agencies, Empirical Finance, Applied Econometrics

Dr Apostolos Kourtis, Associate Professor: Portfolio Selection, Asset Pricing, Estimation, Mathematical Modelling, Scientific Computing. See also Twitter account.

Ms Jiaoshan Li, PhD candidate: Empirical Finance (supervisors: Apostolos Kourtis and Raphael Markellos).

Dr Chris Mallin, Professorial Fellow: Corporate Governance, Board Structure and Composition, Corporate Social Responsibility.

Professor Raphael Markellos: Asset Pricing, Financial Econometrics, Environmental Finance. See also Personal website and Twitter account.

Ms Lucia Murgia, PhD candidate: Empirical Finance, Behavioural Finance (supervisors: Raphael Markellos and Apostolos Kourits).

Dr Cristina Scherrer, Lecturer: Financial Economics (Empirical Market Microstructure, Empirical Finance), Price Discovery, Theoretical and Applied Financial Econometrics.

Dr Andrei Stancu, Lecturer: Asset Pricing, Credit Risk, Derivatives, Liquidity Risk, Market Microstructure.

Dr Daniel Tsvetanov, Associate Professor: Financial Econometrics, Empirical Asset Pricing, Portfolio Choice.

Dr Yurtsev Uymaz, Lecturer: Banking Institutions, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Financial Crime, Social networks, Compensation.

We welcome applications for short academic visits from junior and senior researchers. Unfortunately, we cannot cover any expenses at this point. If you are interested in visiting us, please directly contact the group member that you would like to work with.