Dr Yifan Zhou

Lecturer in Finance

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I am a Lecturer in Finance at the University of Leicester. I hold a PhD degree in Finance. My research agenda is related to financial intermediation, corporate governance, and corporate finance. I have presented my research at the prestigious conferences, such as the Bank of England Conference. My working paper on the board of directors was awarded the Best Paper Prize (corporate governance) at the 4th Young Finance Scholar (YFS) conference. In 2019, My publication was awarded the British Accounting and Finance Association Prize and the British Accounting Review Best Paper in Finance. I am currently working as the principal investigator (PI) for a research project which has been successfully awarded the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants. My research has featured in the international leading journals such as the British Accounting Review and International Review of Financial Analysis.


  • MN2103 Research Methods
  • MN7032 Corporate Finance
  • MN3101 Dissertation
  • EC7110 Dissertation

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  • Financial intermediation
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • FinTech


Applicants who have research interests in banking, corporate governance, corporate finance, entrepreneurship and Fintech are welcome to apply.


Zhou, Y., Kara, A. and Molyneux, P., (2019) Chair-CEO generation gap and bank risk-taking. The British Accounting Review, 51 (4), pp 352-372. *Awarded the British Accounting Review 2019 Best Paper in Finance.

Deku, S.Y., Kara, A. and Zhou, Y., (2018) Securitization, bank behaviour and financial stability: A systematic review of the recent empirical literature. International Review of Financial Analysis. ABS 3

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School of Business
University of Leicester
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