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As a Professor of Finance in the School of Business my current role involves teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervising PhD and DBA students and leading the research group, The Centre for Finance and Business Research. Previously I taught at all levels across the college and and spent two years teaching in a third level college in Malaysia before completing my PhD at the University of Nottingham. Subsequently I spent a sabbatical at the University of Exeter and the University of Sydney. I have also significant curriculum development and administration experience having co-led the development of the Masters in Business Studies (MBS) programme and served as Programme Director of the MBS Economics and Finance stream for fifteen years. I have also served as an External Examiner on Finance courses in both Irish and Scottish universities. Currently I am joint editor of the Accounting, Finance and Governance Review and Associate editor of the Journal of Risk Finance. Together with collaborators our work has been published in the Journal of Corporate Finance, The European Journal of Finance, Financial Accountability and Managment and in the Journal of Risk Finance. 

Our work in The Centre for Finance and Business Research spans the themes: Behavioural Finance, Governance and Corporate Responsibility, Personal Finance, Small Firm Finance, Accounting Education, Fintech and Digitial Financial Services and Labour Market Policy. Research output is disseminated in various forums and we host seminars and workshops with strong enagement with practictioners and policy-makers

Research interests: 

  • Financing small firms
  • Sustainable investing and instutitional investors
  • Green bonds investment and risk disclosure
  • Financial flexibility 

Honours and awards:

High commended paper, The Journal of Risk Finance, 2016

Postgraduate Research Supervision Excellence Award, Waterford Institute of Techology, 2016


My current teaching at undergraduate level includes the modules: Financial Institutions and Markets and Investments. My postgraduate teaching includes delivery of the following modules: Contemporary Issues in Business, Governance and Ethics and International Study Trip.

Honours and awards:

National Teaching Hero Award from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Ireland.





Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelors Degree, Bachelor of Commerce, University College Dublin

Masters Degree, Masters in Business Studies (Banking and Finance), University College Dublin

PhD, The synergistic potential of cross border mergers and acquisitions, University of Nottingham

External positions

Joint Editor, Accounting Finance and Governance Review Journal

2021 → …

Board member, Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service

Oct 2020 → …

Chairperson of the Governance Committee, The Camogie Association

May 2018 → …

Associate Editor, The Journal of Risk Finance

2017 → …

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Programme Validation Member, Quality and Qualifications Ireland

2015 → …


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