Academic staff

Meet the academic members of the CRBF.

Academic staff members

John O.S. Wilson
I am a Professor of Banking & Finance and Director of the Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance based at the School of Management. My research interests lie in the areas of commercial banking, credit unions and applied industrial organisation. In addition to my academic role, I have advised government bodies on issues pertaining to financial regulation. Further information regarding my research and other activities can be found at John Wilson, School of Management and John O.S. Wilson, google site.
Bert Scholtens
I am a Professor of Banking & Finance based at the School of Management. My research interests lie in the areas of sustainable banking, finance and investment and energy markets. I am also affiliated with the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. In addition to my academic role, I have advised government bodies on issues pertaining to (greening) financial policy. Further information can be found at Bert Scholtens, School of Management and Bert Scholtens, University of Groningen.
Dimitris Chronopoulos
I am a Senior Lecturer in Banking & Finance at the School of Management. My research interests lie in the areas of financial intermediation, empirical corporate finance and stock return predictability. Further information regarding my research and other activities can be found at Dimitris Chronopoulos, School of Management.
Anna Lucia Sobiech
I am a Lecturer at the Center for Macroeconomic Research, University of Cologne. Prior to joining the University of Cologne, I was an Associate Lecturer in Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews. I hold a BSc in Japanese and Management from SOAS and Birkbeck College, an MLitt in Finance and Management and a PhD in Banking and Finance from the University of St Andrews. My research and teaching interests include empirical financial intermediation, bank regulation, and corporate finance. My research has appeared in publications including the Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Stability and Financial Accountability & Management.
Kais Bouslah
I am a Lecturer in Banking & Finance and a member of the Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance based at the School of Management. My research interests lie in the areas of sustainable finance, risk management and the application of multi-criteria decision making methodologies to problems in finance. Further information regarding my research can be found at Kais Bouslah, School of Management
Jimmy Chen
I am a Lecturer in Finance at the School of Management. My research interests lie in the areas of corporate finance and investment with particular emphasis on sustainability and emerging markets. Further information regarding my research and other activities can be found at Jimmy Chen, School of Management.
Christian Engels
I am a Lecturer in Banking & Finance at the School of Management. My research interests lie in the areas of banking, behavioural finance and household finance. Prior to joining St Andrews in 2020, I studied for my PhD at Durham University in the Department for Economics and Finance. Further information can be found at Christian Engels, School of Management.
Marcel Lukas
I am a Lecturer in Banking & Finance at the School of Management. My research interests lie in the areas of financial technology (FinTech), household finance and behavioural finance. Prior to joining St Andrews in 2020, I was an Assistant Professor in Finance at Heriot-Watt University. I studied for my PhD at University of Edinburgh Business School in collaboration with two major FinTech companies. I am open to supervise PhD students in the mentioned research areas. If you are a prospective PhD student, I can also provide a large-scale consumer finance data set which you can use to conduct your research. Further information regarding my research and other activities can be found at Marcel Lukas, School of Management.
Linh Nguyen
I am a Lecturer in Banking and Finance and Editor of the working paper series of the Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance based at the School of Management. My research interests lie in the areas of empirical banking and financial intermediation. Prior to joining academia, I was Head of Treasury at a commercial bank in Vietnam. Further information regarding my research and other activities can be found at Linh Nguyen, School of Management. 
Mao Zhang
I am a Lecturer in Banking and Finance at the School of Management. My research interests lie in the areas of empirical corporate finance and corporate governance. Prior to joining St Andrews in 2018, I studied for my PhD at University of Sheffield. Further information can be found at Mao Zhang, School of Management.
Song Zhang
I am a Lecturer in Banking & Finance at the School of Management since Aug 2019. My research interests focus on entrepreneurial finance and banking, and earnings management. I earned my PhD from Surrey Business School, University of Surrey. Further information can be found at Song Zhang, School of Management.

Honorary academic staff members

Louis Nguyen
I am a Professor in Finance at Durham University and an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews School of Management. My research interests include corporate finance, banking, household finance and climate finance. My most recent project focuses on firms' investment in managing their climate risk exposure. Further information regarding my research and other activities can be found at Louis Nguyen, Durham University and Louis Nguyen, google site.
Manouchehr Tavakoli
I am an Honorary Reader in Economics and Finance at the University of St Andrews School of Management, with wide research interests in finance, industrial organisation and health economics. My research interests are in insider trading, company performance, television viewing choice, advertising and health economics. I regularly advised the industry on economic and modelling issues. I have co-edited six books covering health reforms, financing and controlling costs and have written over 70 chapters and journal articles.
José Liñares-Zegarra
I am a Senior Lecturer in Finance at Essex Business School (UK). I am also an affiliated researcher at the Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance (CRBF) and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of St Andrews (Scotland). My teaching and research interests focus on banking, financial technology (FinTech) and entrepreneurship. My research has been published in journals including the British Journal of Management, Journal of Corporate Finance and the Journal of Banking & Finance. Further information can be found at José Liñares-Zegarra, google site.
Pejman Abedifar
I am an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies, and an Honorary Lecturer with the University of St Andrews School of Management. My research interests lie in the areas of commercial banking, corporate finance and Islamic economics. I have published articles in leading journals such as Review of Finance, Journal of Financial Stability, Journal of Banking & Finance and Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Further information regarding my research and other activities can be found at Pejman Abedifar, TeIAS.