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Centre staff/researchers

Chendi Zhang

Centre Director and Professor of Finance

Chendi is Professor of Finance and the Director of Exeter Sustainable Finance Centre. He is Director of Research for Finance and Accounting Department at the University of Exeter. He specialises in sustainable and responsible finance, corporate finance, behavioural finance, and emerging markets. Previously he has been a faculty member of Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, for twelve years.

Ian Bateman

Professor of Environmental Economics

Professor Ian Bateman is an environmental economist with a wide array of research interests. These revolve around the issue of ensuring sustainable wellbeing through the integration of natural and social science knowledge within decision making and policy. Particular interests lie in the fields of quantitative analysis, integrated modelling and the valuation of non-market benefits and costs. Ian is Co-Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP). Ian is a Member of the UK Natural Capital Committee (NCC) and also a Member of the Board of Directors of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). 

Linquan Chen

Lecturer in Finance

Linquan’s research interests are in the areas of empirical asset pricing, especially short selling and securities borrowing and lending. Her work in sustainable finance mainly focuses on how firm-level ESG news affect stock market outcomes. Specifically, she investigates how short sellers and mutual fund managers respond to firm-level ESG news. Linquan holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Warwick.

Yao Chen

Lecturer in Finance

Yao’s research on sustainable finance focuses on how ESG sentiment affects share prices and mutual fund decisions. His work has been presented at leading conferences in sustainable finance such as the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance (GRASF) conference. His green finance project received funding support from the British Academy. Yao also serves as an ad-hoc referee of sustainable finance-related papers. He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick.

Angela Christidis

Associate Professor of Finance

Angela is a Deputy Head of Finance and Accounting Department. Angela obtained her PhD in Finance at the University of Exeter Business School and had several years of experience working in leading multinational firms as a corporate financial analyst and finance manager before returning to academia. Angela lectures on banking and financial services at postgraduate level and her current interests include climate finance, ethical investing, responsible finance, corporate sustainability and embedding sustainability into teaching, learning and curriculum. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Certified Management and Business Educator, a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and a Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education.

Lora Dimitrova

Senior Lecturer in Finance

Lora’s research interests are entrepreneurial finance, innovation, venture capital, FinTech and climate finance. In particular, she is exploring the idea of how innovative start-ups can lead the battle against climate change, and how investors can be incentivised to invest in green companies. Her work has won several research grants and awards including the Chaire Fintech AMF Grant, the British Academy Leverhulme Research Grant, and the Coller Institute of Private Equity Runner-up Prize. Lora earned her PhD from the London Business School.

Ben Groom

Dragon Capital Chair of Biodiversity Economics

Professor Ben Groom is the Dragon Capital Chair of Biodiversity Economics at the Department of Economics at Exeter University. He is an environmental and resource economist working on the economics of biodiversity, ecosystem services and intergenerational fairness. His current interests are in how the financial sector can be augmented to take into account the impact on biodiversity. He is an observer on the Task Force for Nature-related  Financial Disclosures (TNFD) and a founding member of the Treasury Green Book Biodiversity Working Group. He is a visiting professor at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.

Vicky Kiosse

Associate Professor of Accounting

Vicky’s research interests focus on capital markets-based research including pensions, non-GAAP reporting and corporate social responsibility. In the context of her research on corporate social responsibility, Vicky was involved in the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability project and has conducted a study of Aviva’s deployment of the Connected Reporting Framework. This research was funded by the Accounting for Sustainability Project and a number of professional accountancy bodies.

Enrico Onali

Professor of Finance

Enrico is the Head of the Finance and Accounting Department at the University of Exeter Business School. His research interests lie mainly in the areas of corporate governance, banking, and corporate finance. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, and the Journal of Corporate Finance. Enrico serves as an Associate Editor for The British Accounting Review and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). 

Min Park

Lecturer in Finance

Min joined the University of Exeter in 2016 after completing post-doctoral fellowship at Cass Business School and PhD at the London School of Economics. Min’s published research explores the interactions between corporate finance and other fields such as labor policy, law, and banking. Her current research projects include corporate litigation risk and value of voting rights, implications of bank’s securitization on corporations’ financing opportunities and stability, and institutional owner’s activism and firm value. 

Jane Shen

Senior Lecturer in Finance

Jane’s research interests are in the areas of risk management, ethical investing, optimal hedging, sustainable finance and applied financial econometrics. Jane is the programme director for the MSc Finance and Investment and the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management. She is particularly interested in establishing and promoting industry-led applied projects for our MSc students in the areas of ESG and sustainable finance. Jane is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. In addition to her academic work, Jane has also worked as a consultant with several leading investment banks and brokerages in the area of currency valuation, asset allocation and trading cost analysis.

Monika Tarsalewska

Senior Lecturer in Finance

Monika conducts research in the areas of corporate finance and private equity with a particular focus on stakeholders. Her research on executive compensation and employee wellbeing was covered by Bloomberg: Stakeholders Get a Committee. She is also interested in sustainable investment strategies with positive impact. Graduate of Lancaster University, PhD.

Rajesh Tharyan

Senior Lecturer in Finance

Rajesh’s research interests span from empirical asset pricing to corporate finance, including corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ESG. In CSR/ ESG area his past research has looked at the valuation effects of CSR on firm value and the links between ESG disclosure and financial performance.  He is currently interested in climate change risk and implications for asset pricing and corporate finance, ESG and credit markets, sustainable finance and effects on the real economy. Graduate of London School of Economics, MSc, and University of Exeter, PhD.

Grzegorz Trojanowski

Professor of Finance

Grzegorz’s interests focus on the areas of corporate governance, corporate finance, ESG and corporate social responsibility, corporate reporting, and top management teams. Specifically, his recent research examines the determinants and effects of ESG performance and disclosures. Grzegorz also studies interdependencies between financial and non-financial (ESG) outcomes as well as effects of managerial characteristics on companies’ environmental innovation. His work has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, and British Journal of Management and has also informed the Future of Corporate Reporting project by the Financial Reporting Council.

Sebastian Tideman

Lecturer in Finance and Accounting

Sebastian is a Lecturer in Finance and Accounting at the University of Exeter Business School. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bremen, Germany. His research focuses on the analysis of non- and semi-structured reporting data in the intersection of financial accounting, gender, and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues. More specifically, some of his projects conduct textual analysis of earnings conference calls (e.g., on analyst’s questioning behavior) and corporate sustainability reports. He also investigates the structure of financial (e.g., disaggregation of financial statements) and non-financial disclosures (e.g., CSR and human rights disclosures). His work has been published in academic journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, The International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Business Economics, and Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment.

Pengguo Wang

Professor of Finance and Accounting

Pengguo’s research focuses on the areas of capital markets, particularly valuation by applying information in financial reporting including the ESG disclosure. He examines whether the disclosure of ESG-related information helps in price discovery and explains the mechanism on how the ESG information may help a company to attract funds from the capital markets and the ESG engagements are not a waste of corporate resources.