School of Business and Economics


Professor Huainan Zhao

Professor Huainan Zhao

Head of Academic Group

Accounting and Finance Academic Group

In the Accounting and Finance (AF) Group, research interests span a broad spectrum of methodologies, ranging from a social science-orientated nature on the one hand to applied financial economics on the other.

The overriding objective of Group members is to produce research that is rigorous but also relevant to contemporary accounting and finance issues and debates. Many Group members possess professional as well as academic qualifications. A number of members serve/have served on prestigious academic and practitioner boards, as well as holding editorial positions in key academic journals in the field. Group members also have a strong history of securing and successfully managing external research grants.

Research in the AF Group covers four main areas:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Markets
  • Management Accounting and
  • Corporate Governance and Sustainability

There is a considerable overlap between these areas, with members contributing to more than one area as well as collaborating with colleagues in other academic groups across the School.