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Our researchers work across the fields of Law, Economics and Finance to understand how the interactions between individuals, communities, business and institutions shape socio-economic outcomes, and what can be done to improve these outcomes.


Professor Nigar Hashimzade Professor Nigar Hashimzade
Email Professor Nigar Hashimzade Professor - Economics
I joined Brunel in December 2019. My research interests are in applied microeconomic theory. Recently, my research has focussed on various issues in taxation and tax administration. I am a Research Fellow at the Tax Administration Research Centre and a member of CESifo Research Network. Before Brunel I held positions at Durham, Reading, and Exeter. My previous academic career was in theoretical physics. Applied Microeconomic Theory; Public Economics
Dr Stelios Andreadakis Dr Stelios Andreadakis
Email Dr Stelios Andreadakis Reader in Corporate and Financial Law
Dr Stelios Andreadakis is a Reader in Corporate and Financial Law and Director of Postgraduate Admissions. He is also the Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Law, Economics and Finance. Prior to joining Brunel, he was a Lecturer and LLM Director at the University of Leicester and a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. He holds a PhD and an LLM in International Commercial Law from the University of Leicester and an undergraduate Law degree from the Law School of the University of Athens, Greece. Dr Andreadakis’ research interests are in the areas of Corporate Law and EU Law. He is particularly interested in corporate governance, exploring aspects of regulation of companies, corporate theories, the operation of financial markets and the role of scandals in the introduction of new legislation. His current work focuses on the role of whistle-blowers in modern corporate governance and he is conducting empirical research in the US, Japan and Europe. A monograph will be published by Edward Elgar with the findings of the research project and his recommendations as to the role of corporate culture in the strengthening of whistleblower protection worldwide. Dr Andreadakis has published a very influential monograph, co-authored with Prof Sonia Morano-Foadi, on the process of European integration, the role of the judiciary and policy-makers as well as the future of human rights protection in the EU. In recognition of his work on this area, Dr Andreadakis was invited to make a contribution as an expert to a public Hearing organised by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament in April 2016 in Brussels. Qualifications PhD, University of Leicester LLM, University of Leicester LLB, University of Athens PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Oxford Brookes University) Qualified lawyer (Athens Bar Association) Whistleblower Protection Corporate Governance Company Law EU Law EU Accession to the ECHR Teaching Company Law (Convenor) Comparative Corporate Law (Convenor) Principles of Corporate Law Governance, Regulation and Compliance (Convenor) Student Support Dr Stelios Andreadakis is the Director of Postgraduate Admissions for Brunel Law School.


Dr Francesco De Pascalis Dr Francesco De Pascalis
Email Dr Francesco De Pascalis Senior Lecturer in Financial Law
Dr Francesco De Pascalis joined Brunel Law School in 2017. Before that, he worked as a research fellow at the 'Chair for Law and Finance' held by Professor Kern Alexander at the University of Zurich, which he joined in 2013. He has also taught, as external lecturer, at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), University of London. He qualified as a Solicitor in Italy in 2008. Dr De Pascalis currently holds external examiner positions at the University of Glasgow-Law School. Dr De Pascalis's research interests include banking and finance law, financial regulation, digital finance and technology, and sustainable finance. his monograph Credit Ratings and Market Over-reliance: An International Legal Analysis (Brill-Nijoff 2017) is the first book analysing, from a legal perspective, the phenomenon of ivestors' over-reliance on external credit ratings and providing a critical assessment of the post-crisis regulatory strategies to tackle the phenomenon in question. At present, Dr De Pascalis is working on two book projects: Open Banking: Global Development and Regulation (forthcoming Routledge 2023) in co-authorship with Dr Monomita Nandy (Brunel Business School) and Dr Alan Brener (UCL), which will be part of the Routledge International Studies in Money and Banking series'; and Principles of Law and Finance (forthcoming Edward Elgar 2026). Dr De Pascalis has presented his research and delivered workshops/masterclasses in the UK and abroad (inter alia Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium). He is member of the editorial board of top academic journal such as Law and Financial Markets Review (Taylor and Francis). His research ahs been published in established academic journals such as the International and Comparative Corporate Law Journal, European Business Law Review, Capital Markets Law Journal, European Journal of Law Reforms, Business Law Review, King's Law Journal, and in edited collections. He served three years (2019-2021) as co-convener of the UK Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Banking and Financial Services Law Section. He is also Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies, Fellow of the European Law Institute, and Honorary Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) University of Hong Kong. Dr De Pascalis is member of the Centre for AI: Social and Digital Innovation (Brunel University), the Research Centre for Law, Economics and Finance (Brunel University) and of the Research Network on Sustainable Finance (University of Zurich). At Brunel Law School he teaches the following courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels: Banking Law, Theory of International Financial Regulation (module leader), Practice of International Financial Regulation, Banking and Technology Law). Qualifications: Fellow of Higher Education Academy PHD, IALS University of London LLM in Banking and Finance Law, Queen Mary university of London Master's degree in Advanced Studies of EU and Transnational Law, University of Trento (Italy) LLB, University of Parma (Italy) Registered lawyer (Verona Bar Association) Francesco's research interests are in the areas of Banking and Finance. He is author of the book Credit Ratings and Market Over-reliance: An International Legal Analysis (Brill-Nijhoff 2017) as well as a range of articles in leading academic journals. Banking Law and Regulation EU Financial Law International Financial Regulation Regulation of Financial Markets Financial Technology and Digitalisation of Financial Services Banking Law EU Law Theory of International Financial Regulation Practice of International Financial Regulation Banking and Tech Law
Professor Jurgita Malinauskaite Professor Jurgita Malinauskaite
Email Professor Jurgita Malinauskaite Head of Department - Brunel Law School / Professor
Jurgita Malinauskaite is Professor of Law and the Head of Brunel Law School (BLS) working at the University since January 2008. She gained her Doctorate in 2006. Jurgita is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2010 and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2019. Prior to committing herself to academia, she served as a competition lawyer at the Competition Council of Lithuania. She previously held various positions: August 2021 to May 2023, she was the Divisional Lead for Private and Commercial Law (BLS); and the University’s Aurora Champion (2018-2021) leading and supporting Women in Academia with their career progression. Jurgita was also the Athena Swan Lead for BLS (2017-2020) where she successfully led the department to achieve an Athena Swan Bronze Award, becoming the first non-STEMM BUL department to receive this award. She was also the Associate Dean for Equality and Diversity (CBASS), 2015-2018. Her research expertise lies in competition law, energy law, and waste law, also embracing interdisciplinary aspects. She has published three books: Merger Control in Post-Communist Countries, Routledge, 2010; Harmonisation of EU Competition Law Enforcement, Springer, 2019; and 'Sustainable Energy Technology, Business Models, and Policies Theoretical Peripheries and Practical Implications', Elsevier, 2023 (co-authored with Professor Jouhara). She has also published widely in leading journals, including: Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Energy, Energy Policy etc. She has received a number of funding awards, including from the European Commission, Innovate UK (the UK Research and Innovation). For example, she is a Co-I of three Horizon 2020 projects: i) ETEKINA (heat pipE TECHnologies for INdustrial Applications, 2017-2021; ii) InComEss (Innovative Polymer-Based Composite Systems for High-Efficient Energy Scavenging and Storage) 2020-2023; and iii) iWAYS (Innovative WAter recoverY Solutions through recycling of heat, materials and water across multiple sectors); The project - iWays 2020-2024 No 958274. Jurgita was a member of the Law Sub-Panel, recruited by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for the Slovak Republic Periodic Evaluation of Research in 2022. She was the expert reviewer of funding applications submitted to the Academy of Finland, “Energy Solutions as Part of a Just Green Transition” 2023 programme of the Strategic Research Council (SRC) 2023. Jurgita is also the expert reviewer of funding applications submitted to the National Science Centre, Poland and an expert panel member in 2022 and 2023. Competition Law Comparative Competition Law Harmonisation of International Competition Law Small Market Economies and Competition Law Comparative law Competition law Energy law Waste to Energy Competition Law Comparative Competition Law PhD Research Methods
Dr Pamela Nika Dr Pamela Nika
Email Dr Pamela Nika Senior Lecturer in Corporate Finance Law
Pamela Nika is a Lecturer in corporate and finance law at Brunel University. She has recently obtained her PhD from the University of Reading. Her thesis titled ‘ECB Monetary Policy and Supervisory Powers: Competing Objectives and Policy Conflicts,’ critically assessed the role of European Central Bank in light of banking union and the centralisation of banking supervision at European Union level. Pamela also holds an LLM in International Commercial Law, with specialisation in Banking and Finance from City University London and a BA in Law from the University of Athens. Prior to joining Brunel, Pamela worked for the University of Reading and the University of Essex Online, where she has contributed in a number of LLM Modules. Pamela was also admitted to Athens Bar Association and practised law in areas such as commercial law, banking law and international transactions. banking law, financial regulation, fintech, digital currencies Pamela’s main research interests are in the areas of Financial Law and Regulation, Corporate and Finance Law, Corporate Insolvency and Law and Economics. Teaching Banking Law Theory of Financial Regulation Practice of Financial Regulation
Dr Matteo Pazzona Dr Matteo Pazzona
Email Dr Matteo Pazzona Senior Lecturer in Economics
Personal Website: Economics of Crime, Economics of Conflict, Labor Economics, Political Economy and Economic History. Economics of Crime, Economics of Conflict, Labor Economics, Political Economy and Economic History.
Professor James Steeley Professor James Steeley
Email Professor James Steeley Head of Department / Professor - Finance
I joined Brunel University Department of Economics and Finance in March 2020 as Professor of Finance, and have been Head of Department since January 2021. Prior to this I was Professor of Finance at Keele University. Before that I was the Lloyds Bank Chair and Professor of Finance at Aston Business School and before that I was Professor of Finance at the University of Stirling. Earlier in my career, I held academic positions at Cardiff Business School and Keele University. During the mid- 1990s I worked for the Bank of England, where I managed a research team developing techniques to interpret financial market prices for use in monetary policy advice, and techniques to improve the pricing of UK government debt issues. I have spent prolonged periods of time as a visitor to many other universities, including the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics, the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University, the Technical University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Washington University in St. Louis, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Kent State University in Ohio and the University of Central Florida in Orlando. My research has been published in leading academic journals in Finance and Economics, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of International Money and Finance. I have made presentations of my research at leading international conferences including the American Finance Association and the Royal Economic Society. My research has won awards from the Chicago Board of Trade and INQUIRE Europe, and been funded by the Leverhulme Trust. I am on the advisory editorial board of the academic journal Studies in Economics and Finance and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance. I am an academic affiliated member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and was on the founding editorial board of their research journal. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Among my former students I can count a professor of finance, a professor of economics and, Colin Dunne, the successor to Michael Flatley in Riverdance. My research is broadly in the areas of financial markets and investments. I have a long standing interest in the estimation and modelling of the interest rates implicit in UK government bonds prices, and in the modelling of the effects of exogenous and endogenous changes in the microstructure of this market. This work began with my PhD thesis that studied the 1986 “Big Bang” deregulation of UK financial markets (including the government bond market) and continues with my current work examining the effects of quantitative easing on the UK bond market and other financial markets. Aside from the focus on bond markets, I have also undertaken research on each of equity, futures and options markets, with a particular emphasis on the dynamic properties of the market prices and the information revealed by these dynamics. In recent years, my research in the area of market microstructure has grown in scope, looking at information aggregation, the measurement and pricing of liquidity and the effects of investor behaviours. I am not currently accepting applications from potential PhD students. AF3603 Financial Management (Term 2) - not in 2023/24
Dr Elena Zaccaria Dr Elena Zaccaria
Email Dr Elena Zaccaria Senior Lecturer in Corporate and Commercial Law
Elena Christine Zaccaria is a lecturer in corporate, financial and commercial law at Brunel University London. Prior to joining Brunel, she worked as a guest lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She holds degrees from the LSE (PhD 2015); the University of Macerata, Italy (PhD 2007), the University of Queensland, Australia (LLM 2013) and the University of Bari, Italy (LLB 2001). Elena has also worked in private practice (both in Italy and the United Kingdom) and as a research analyst for the UK Representative Office of Banca d'Italia (the Italian Central Bank), gaining practical exposure to areas of financial regulation, capital markets, corporate law and restructuring. Qualifications: PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE (United Kingdom) PhD, University of Macerata (Italy) LLM, University of Queensland (Australia) LLB, University of Bari (Italy) Admitted as solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in September 2009 Admitted to the Italian Bar (Ordine degli Avvocati) Bari, Italy in December 2004 Elena's research interests are in the area of commercial law, financial law and regulation of financial markets. Her current research projects include studies on financial collateral arrangements and legal risks in the international financial markets. Financial law Regulation of Financial Markets Corporate and Comparative Law Secured Transactions International Commercial Trade Company Law Corporate Law I Corporate Law II Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
Professor Abimbola Olowofoyeku Professor Abimbola Olowofoyeku Abimbola Olowofoyeku joined Brunel University London as Professor of Law in July 2000. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He has held the following positions: Assistant Legal Adviser, Federal Inland Revenue Department, Lagos (1982-83); Barrister and Solicitor, Chief B Olowofoyeku & Co., Lagos (1983-1984); Lecturer, Liverpool Polytechnic (1987-88); Lecturer, Keele University (1988-95); Visiting Fellow, Centre for International and Public Law, Australian National University (March - August 1995); Senior Lecturer, Keele University (1995-1999); Reader, Keele University (1999-2000); Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, Australian National University (July 1999 - January 2000; December 2000 - January 2001); Head of Department, Brunel University Law Department (2002-04); Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2004); Head of the School of Social Sciences and Law (2004-06); Head of Brunel Law School (2006-09; 2013-2014). Qualifications: LL.B. (Hons), (Lagos); LL.M. (LSE); Ph.D. (UCL); ACTI; Barrister (Nigeria) Judicial Immunities; Judicial Bias/Impartiality; Fair Hearing; Judicial Review; Comparative Constitutionalism; Constitutional Reform; Tax Law Policy and Reform. Judicial Immunities Judicial Bias/Impartiality Comparative Judicialism Comparative Constitutionalism Administrative Law Taxation Public Law Taxation