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Accountancy and Corporate Governance

The Accountancy and Corporate Governance researchers issues related to Accounting and or Finance with an additional special interest in topics of joint interest such as financial statement relevance, asymmetric information and corporate governance.

The main areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Corporate Governance
    Corporate Governance refers to the system of rules, practices, and procedures by which an organisation is directed and controlled.
  • Quality of Financial Reporting
    The quality of financial reporting is determined by the quality of information that is useful to stakeholders in assessing companies' performance and prospects. The quality of financial reporting is also associated with various topics in corporate governance and corporate finance.
  • Corporate Finance
    Corporate finance deals with sources of funding, the capital structure of corporations and the decision choices made with reference to the techniques of finance as to when and where to invest in assets. The primary goal of corporate finance is to maximize or increase shareholder value while the primary goal of investment is to purchase financial assets to create future wealth.
  • Financial Management and investments 
    Financial Management refers to the planning, organizing, directing and controlling the financial activities such as planning, forecasting, procurement and utilization of funds of the enterprise. Financial management can be seen as the topic area that directly links Corporate Finance and investments.

All of these areas are related because in the heart of all these topic areas is the corporate form of organisation which is, in effect, a money machine that transforms investments today into future income. Therefore studies in one topic often have important implications for another topic area.

Group members


Dr Qiwei Chen Dr Qiwei Chen
Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance
Having worked in a Chinese commercial bank for six years, I came to the UK to do my Master’s in 2003. I continued further study and completed my PhD in University of Essex. I worked in University of Kent as Lecturer of Finance before I joined Brunel in 2009. Qualifications: PhD Finance (Essex) MSc Finance and Management (Essex) My research focuses on mainly behavioural finance and behavioural accounting area. My current research seeks to explore quantitative modelling to observe behavioural and incorporate quantified behavioural variables into classical valuation model in finance area. At the same time, I am interested in topics related to CDS valuation as well. Undergraduate Programmes Module convenor Financial Accounting Analysis (Yr 2) Module contributor Dissertation Postgraduate Programmes Module convenor MSc Financial Accounting and Corporate Governance Module contributor Dissertation Administration Overseas UG/PG admission coordinator
Professor Philip Davis Professor Philip Davis
Summary: E Philip Davis has been Professor at Brunel since 2000, (currently part-time) and is also a Fellow of the UK’s National Institute of Economic and Social Research and an Adviser and Consultant at the International Monetary Fund. Davis left Oxford University in 1980, and was employed by the Bank of England up to 2000 except for two periods on secondment, to the Bank for International Settlements and the European Monetary Institute. Qualifications: MA (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) Oxford, MPhil (Economics) Oxford, BA (Theology) London School of Theology Financial instability (see “Debt, financial fragility and systemic risk”, OUP, 1992/5); Pension funds/retirement income provision (see “Pension Funds, Retirement Income Security and Capital Markets”, OUP, 1995); Economics of financial institutions (particularly banks and institutional investors) (see “Institutional Investors”, MIT Press and “Financial Structure”, CUP 2000); International Financial Markets; Financial regulation; Application of industrial economics to financial markets; Monetary aspects of securities markets and asset prices; Economics of financial centres; Portfolio modelling; Consumption; EMU, Sectoral Balance Sheets/Flow of Funds; theology and economics. Teaching: MSc Postgraduate Programmes in Economics and Finance Module convenor EC5530 Business Finance Workshop Module convenor EC5613 Banking and Finance workshop
Dr Woo-Young Kang Dr Woo-Young Kang
Lecturer in Finance
Woo-Young Kang is a Lecturer in Finance at Brunel University London since 2017 when he completed his PhD in Finance at Cranfield School of Management in the UK. He is also a graduate of Boston University (BA Economics, 2006; MSc Mathematical Finance, 2009) in US and Sogang University (MBA Finance, 2008) in South Korea with finance industry experience. He teaches Financial Markets and Global Financial Markets for the undergraduate and graduate levels, respectively. His research areas are in Asset Pricing, Banking, Financial Markets, Financial Engineering and Corporate Finance. He has published his research in leading international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, and the Finance Research Letters. His research are being presented at leading academic conferences, such as the meetings of the Southern Finance Association, the Eastern Finance Association and the Southwestern Finance Association. Current additional research: behavioral finance and cryptocurrency Module Leader of EC1030 Financial Markets Module Leader of EC5609 Global Financial Markets
Miss Dilruba Karim Miss Dilruba Karim
Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance
Since completion of my PhD I have been employed as a lecturer at Brunel with a focus on research into banking crises. I am also a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. I have collaborated on research for the Financial Services Authority, EU Commission, and HM Treasury. Qualifications: PhD Economics (Brunel University) BSc Economics (Brunel University) My research focuses on the prediction of banking crises and their economic impacts. I am interested in Early Warning System design and how policy makers can use such models to avert the costs of crises. In conjunction, my work covers financial regulation and its associated costs. I have examined banking systems in the OECD, Latin America, Caribbean and Asia. Recently my focus has turned to the role of domestic credit in crisis evolution. Undergraduate Programmes Module convenor Macroeconomic Principles (Yr 1) Module contributor Dissertation Module (Yr 3) Postgraduate Programmes Module convenor MSc Banking Module contributor Business Finance Workshop Administration Clearing Admissions Tutor Recruitment and Admissions Committee (RAC) member
Dr Aris Kartsaklas Dr Aris Kartsaklas
Senior Lecturer in Economics & Finance
Aris joined Brunel University as a Lecturer in January 2011. He was previously a Lecturer of Financial Economics at the School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London. At the end of 2008, Aris completed his PhD in Applied Market Microstructure from the University of York, UK. Qualifications: PhD Economics (University of York) MSc Banking and Finance (Loughborough University) BSc Accounting and Finance (Middlesex University) Aris is working on modelling the joint distribution of asset returns and trading volume implied by various market microstructure theoretical frameworks. He is also working on the economic and financial forecasting in the presence of structural breaks and long memory. Undergraduate Programmes Module convenor Financial Accounting (Year 3) Postgraduate Programmes Module convenor Financial Analysis Module contributor Introduction to Quantitative Methods Administration EU / Overseas Undergraduate Admissions
Dr Kyriacos Kyriacou Dr Kyriacos Kyriacou
Associate Dean / Senior Lecturer
I have been working at Brunel since 1995 and have taught on various under-graduate and post-graduate Finance modules. During this time I completed my PhD on a part-time basis in 2002. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Economics MSc Finance PhD Derivatives and Spot Markets My research concerns the interaction between derivative and underlying markets. As well as modelling the relationship between volume and volatility in derivative markets I have also examined the impact of short-selling restrictions on underlying and option markets. My current interests lie in the area of insider trading with particular focus on the information content of managerial stock option transactions. Undergraduate Programmes Module convenor Financial Markets Corporate Finance Administration Admissions Tutor (EU coordinator)
Dr Siming Liu Dr Siming Liu
Senior Lecturer
I joined Brunel University in 2013 as the lecturer in finance and accounting. I was promoted to senior lecturer in 2019. My research focuses market-based accounting research. I have led and taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules. I am an ACCA qualified accountant and I was working as an auditor at KPMG before pursuing PhD studies at Brunel University. Determinants and consequences of financial reporting quality Financial contracts, auditing and taxation on earnings quality Accounting regulations and financial reporting of SMEs Health-related quality of life I currently lead two postgraduate modules and have previously taught on two undergraduate modules. I have always achieved high satisfaction rates in teaching evaluations and this is re-enforced by positive student feedback. My teaching innovations have enabled me to improve student assessment and feedback methods. These have been extremely well-received by students.
Dr Bryan Mase Dr Bryan Mase
Senior Lecturer
I have been at Brunel University since completing my PhD at Warwick University. Qualifications: PhD Warwick My research focuses on issues in corporate finance and on stock price and liquidity effects associated with corporate actions. It also focuses on the trading decisions taken by company executives, and how these decisions relate to those taken by their respective firms. Undergraduate Programmes Module contributor Financial Theory and Corporate Policy Postgraduate Programmes Module convenor Advanced Corporate Finance Administration Economics and Finance, Head of Admissions, Employability Convenor School of Social Sciences, Deputy Head, Undergraduates University, Academic Appeals Committee, PAG, Library Resources Group, HEAR Working Group
Dr Tomoe Moore Dr Tomoe Moore
Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance
Dr. Tomoe Moore joined Brunel University in September 2007. She obtained a Distinction in her MSc from Loughborough University and her Ph.D was funded by the DFID ‘Finance and Development’ program. Previously, she taught at Coventry University, whilst she was a visiting lecturer at Loughborough University. She was engaged with the African Development Bank as a consultant by running seminars on poverty-reduction monetary policy for Central Banks and Ministry of Finance in Easten African countries. Among others, she was invited for a flow of funds workshop as a speaker by the Massachusettse Institute of Technology. Her publication includes such leading international journals as Economica, World Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Studies and Journal of Banking and Finance. Qualifications: PhD Economics and Finance (Loughborough) MSc Economics and Finance (Loughborough) BSc Economics (Loughborough) My research interest ranges from macroeconomics to finance in the context of emerging and developing economies. In macroeconomics, I am, in particular, interested in a flow of funds analysis in a general equilibrium framework, and monetary policy for developing economies. Recently, I have been engaged in researching the banking sector and its market structure in relation to profitability and competition. . Postgraduate Programmes Module convenor Quantitative Methods for Business Finance (MSc Business Finance) Bank regulation and macro-prudential policy (MSc Banking and Finance) Administration Director of Postgraduate Research
Dr Russ Moro Dr Russ Moro
Lecturer in Economics and Finance
I completed my PhD at Humboldt University in 2007 and currently hold a position of a Lecturer in Economics and Finance at Brunel since 2009. Qualifications: PhD Economics MSc Economics and MSc Statistics My research focuses on the following areas: Company rating, risk evaluation, bankruptcy analysis, robust event forecasting; Decision making under bounded rationality, behavioural finance, estimation of preferences and risk perception, neuroeconomics; The propagation of shocks, macroeconomic analysis in frequency domain; Non-parametric and semi-parametric statistical techniques esp. support vector machines, ensemble methods, boosting. Undergraduate Programmes Module convenor Advanced Topics in Finance Statistics Postgraduate Programmes Module contributor SecurityInvestment Analysis Money and Banking Administration Data and software support, including Bloomberg training Library liaison Dept research seminar organisation Web support
Dr Sheehan Rahman Dr Sheehan Rahman
I joined the Economics and Finance Department at Brunel University London as Lecturer in Accounting in August 2017. Prior to this, I completed my PhD in Accounting and Finance from Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester and MSc in International Accounting and Finance from Birmingham Business School, The University of Birmingham. My current research interest includes textual analysis of UK trading updates and interim management statements. EC5601 International Accounting Standards and Policy
Dr Jessica Wang Dr Jessica Wang
Lecturer in Finance
Prior to joining Brunel University London, Dr Wang held various positions in Accounting, Finance and Economics in Nottingham Trent University, Richmond The American University in London and University of East Anglia, where she taught Financial Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Investments, and Financial Modeling. Dr Wang's primary research interests lie in behavioural finance, with focus on investor attention and sentiment. She has been working on various projects, including investor decision-making mechanisms in determining the asset prices and market performances; cross-border mergers and acquisitions and banking efficiency; commodity sentiment. Dr Wang holds a dual degree BBA (1st) in Business Administration with specialisation in Accounting and Finance, and BA (1st) in English Literature, an MSc (Merit) in International Accounting and Financial Management, and a PhD in Finance. Investors attention and sentiment Behavioural Economics and Finance