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Dimitris Sotiropoulos

Dimitris Sotiropoulos

Dimitris is Senior Lecturer in Finance at the Open University Business School. Prior to that he worked as lecturer and researcher in academic institutions in the United Kingdom (Kingston University London), Germany (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies) and Greece (University of the Aegean and University of Patras).

Dimitris' current research interests are focused on the political economy of derivatives markets, the social aspects of risk management and the history of financial innovation. He has published three books, the most recent one being The Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism and Its Crisis: Demystifying Finance (Routledge). His papers in journals and edited volumes (in English, Greek and German) cover research areas from the history of economic thought to the empirical analysis of the recent Euro area crisis. His general research interests also include the theory of value and money, international political economy and the history of economic thought.

Dimitris is currently involved in the creation of financial courses Introduction to Corporate Finance (B858) and Research Methods for Finance (B860) for the MSc in Finance. In the past he has led undergraduate and post graduate modules in Financial Risk Management, Financial Econometrics and International Political Economy.

Centre members

Research Cluster: Accounting and governance


Cristiana Bernardi

Before joining the Open University Business School, Cristiana previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Roma Tre University, having been awarded her PhD from that institution in May 2015.

Matthew Haigh

Matthew Haigh

Matthew Haigh is Senior Lecturer in Accounting. HE joined The Open University following posts as Senior Lecturer at SOAS University of London, Associate Professor of Management at Curtin University Malaysia, Associate Professor of Accounting at Aarhus University (Denmark) and permanent faculty member at Toulouse Business School.

Broadly, my research looks at the behavioural and cultural aspects of financialisation. My early publications researched the marketing of so-called socially responsible financial products, while my post-doctoral work researched the takeup of transnational environmental management agreements. My current interests centre on financial careers and cultural development, particularly in neocolonial contexts. 

Anwar Halari

Anwar Halari

Anway Halari is a Lecturer in Accounting. Prior to joining the OU, Anwar was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Buckingham, where he held a position of a Programme Director for the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) Programme. 

Anwar mainly teaches Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Financial Management and Corporate Finance at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His current research covers efficient market hypothesis, emerging stock market performance, market anomalies and Islamic finance and accounting.

Vera Krahmal

Dr Vera Krahmal

Prior to becoming an academic, Dr Vera Krahmal gained a broad experience as an analyst at a business valuation consultancy. After completing her PhD, Vera joined the Open University Business School in 2006. While at the OU, she has taught extensively across the various programmes and she has held various roles.

Her particular research interests lie in challenges related to customer profitability analysis in service industry settings and in the benefits of implementing a customer profitability methodology to informed decision making. In addition to her research in management accounting, she undertakes consulting assignments and conducts seminars for a number of organizations. She has published books and journal articles, and is on the editorial board for academic journals.

Carien van Mourik

Dr Carien van Mourik

I joined The Open University Business School as a lecturer in accounting in April 2007 after completing my PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The title of my dissertation was Globalisation and the role of financial accounting information in Japan. My research aims to build bridges between different perspectives on the role of financial reporting in market economies across the spectrum of institutional and cultural contexts in our globalised world today.

In particular, my research is concerned with all aspects of financial accounting and reporting theory, approaches to income determination and the presentation and disclosure of financial reporting information such as those embodied in the accounting conceptual frameworks of different jurisdictions and particularly the Conceptual Framework of the IASB. Furthermore, I seek to contribute to a better understanding of the public interest in international financial reporting standard setting. I am motivated by my belief in the need for greater economic, social and ecological sustainability in international business, politics, and our global society.

Jonathan Winship

Jonathan Winship

Jonathan is an ACCA qualified accountant who has also completed other studies in economics, education and management research. Apart from a few years working as an accountant, he has spent the bulk of his career teaching economics, accounting and finance in a number of different roles in South Africa and the UK. Jonathan has been at The Open University Business School since 2004. His main research interests are in accounting education and the influence of neoclassical economics on the accounting profession. He has also been a trustee and treasurer for a number of UK charities and has contributed articles on understanding key aspects of accounting and finance in publications aimed at students of accounting and finance.

Research Cluster: Economic and Business History

Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver

Michael J. Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance. He has spent almost thirty years teaching at various universities in the UK, France and US. He also provides executive education, workshops and a broad range of consultancy in the public and private sectors.

Michael’s research agenda has focused primarily on financial history with a particular emphasis on monetary and exchange rate policy. A core theme of his research is the conflict between domestic and external policy goals and how policymakers have struggled to reconcile these. He has written articles, chapters and books on financial crises, the international monetary system, exchange rate regimes and economic policy. His areas of expertise include monetary history, liquidity in financial markets, financial crises, economics of small island states and family offices and UHNWIs.

Daniele Tori

Daniele Tori

Daniele is Lecturer in Finance at The Open University Business School since July 2016. He has a BSc in Political Sciences and a MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Pavia (Italy). He obtained his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Greenwich in December 2016.

Daniele's research mainly focuses on the macroeconomic processes of financialization, financial innovation, and economic history. His research has been published in Cambridge Journal of Economics, Socio-economic Review, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, and the International Journal of Political Economy. 

Shradda Verma

Shradda Verma

Shradda Verma is Senior Lecturer in Accounting in the Department of Accounting and Finance.

Janette Rutterford

Janette Rutterford

Janette is Professor of Financial Management and Research Professor of the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance at the Open University Business School. Prior to joining the OU, Janette worked at Credit Lyonnais as a gilts analyst, taught finance at the London School of Economics, and worked in corporate finance at N.M.Rothschild & Sons Limited.  Janette has acted as pension fund trustee, Board director, consultant, expert witness, and as media expert.

Janette's research has centred around corporate finance, investment management, personal finance and the history of finance, investment and saving. She has written a number of texts, notably Corporate Finance & Capital Markets, Financial Strategy, and three editions of An Introduction to Stock Exchange Investment.  Her current work centres round portfolio diversification and the role of investment trusts; designing and evaluating personal financial education; the attitude of women to money; and the role of financial institutions in influencing social mobility.

Research Cluster: Financial markets and decision making

Ali Ataullah

Ali Ataullah

After my MBA in Banking and Finance, I obtained MSc in Corporate and International Finance from Durham University. I briefly worked in a bank as a relationship manager (evaluating creditworthiness of firms).  I then obtained my PhD from Durham University, focusing on the link between economic growth and the efficiency/productivity of banks. I started my academic career as a research associate in 2004 in Loughborough University. Prior to joining the Open University as a Professor in Finance in August 2017, I was a reader in corporate finance and the director of postgraduate research programme in the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University.

My current research interests include corporate diversification, within-firm allocation of resources, security issuances, public procurement and mechanism design. I have worked on other topics in corporate finance such as insider trading, financing constraints and asset sell off, and bank efficiency and productivity. I have published in academic journals of international excellence, including Abacus, Accounting and Business Research, British Journal of Management, European Financial Management, European Journal of Finance, Financial Review and Human Resources Management (US).

Henry Lahr

Henry Lahr 

Henry is a Senior Lecturer in Finance. Before joining the Open University Business School, Henry was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Business Research (CBR). He received his PhD on the pricing of listed private equity from Technical University Munich and has previously worked on several projects concerned with financing activities of innovative firms and the consequences of venture capital and private equity financing in small and large enterprises.

His research at the CBR and TU Munich was funded by the European Commission’s FP7 programme, the UK Innovation Research Centre as well as the German Federal Ministry of Finance and the German State Media Authorities.

Lotfi Boulkeroua

Lotfi is a Senior Lecturer. I gained my PhD from Manchester Business School in 2009, after completing an MSc in Investment Management at Sir John Cass Business School (2003), and a Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Banking and Finance at The University of Loughborough (2001). Prior to joining the Open University Business School in February 2011, I was a lecturer in finance at the School of Accounting and Finance, University of Dundee since 2007. 

My research interests are in the areas of risk premium on corporate bonds, risk management, Islamic finance and accounting.

Tomasz Wisniewski

I joined the Open University in June 2018, having previously taught at the University of Leicester and Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. I hold a first class BSc in Economics from the University of Hull, an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a PhD in Finance from the European University Viadrina (Germany) and a PG Cert. in Academic Practice in Higher Education from the University of Leicester.

My primary research interests revolve around asset pricing and investment strategies. More specifically, I am interested in whether stock prices reflect available information efficiently or merely follow the behavioural tendencies of traders. In my early work, I focused on informational asymmetries and the impact of insider trading on market microstructure. More recently, I have concentrated my research efforts on examining the interplay between stock markets and political developments. Several of my publications also investigate the use of technology in payment systems and banking.  

Research Cluster: Personal finance

Dimitris Sotiropoulos

Will Brambley

I am a Research Associate at True Potential PUFin, investigating how people behave in retail financial markets and what can be done to improve the decisions they make.

My background is policy research (quantitative and qualitative), especially the application of behavioural economics to financial regulation. I joined PUFin in January 2015 from the Financial Conduct Authority where I had been a Senior Associate Economist for a number of years after completing their specialist economics graduate programme.

My research interests include:

  • The impact of information, defaults and other nudges on the financial choices people make.
  • Whether financial capability interventions, especially attempts to instil positive habits in children, can improve people’s long-term financial decisions and outcomes.
  • The role of culture, incentives, rules and other external factors in influencing how people (especially experts) behave; how this influences the way organisations act; and the implications this has for policy, regulation and corporate governance.

I am also an Executive Fellow of Henley Business School, and hold a BA in Economics & Management from Oxford and an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck.

To access my research publications, you can view these online.

Professor Mark Fenton-O'Creevy

Professor Mark Fenton-O'Creevy

I am Professor of Organisational Psychology at the Open University Business School and Associate Dean (External Engagement).

My research (on the role of traders in investment banks and management practices in international firms) contributes to fields such as international business, behavioural finance, the sociology of markets, industrial relations and cognitive psychology.

I recently concluded a large-scale, EU funded ,cross-European research project (xDelia) which improved our understanding of the role played by emotion in the financial decision-making of consumers, investors and professional traders and which developed new approaches to learning to manage financial decisions more effectively.  Another recent project with the BBC (The Big Money Test) looked at the emotional and psychological relationships we all have with our money and financial affairs.

I have provided advice to firms, governments and the OECD on the psychology of investment and trading and also have acted as an advisor to multinational firms, government and NGOs on topics such as the cross-national harmonisation of HR practices and the management of change.

To access my research publications, you can view these online.

Jonquil Lowe

I am a Senior Lecturer in Personal Finance in The Open University's Economics Department.

I have spent much of my working life researching and writing about personal finance and promoting financial capability. This has involved:

  • An initial introduction to finance, working in the City of London as an economist and investment analyst, followed by several years as Head of Money Research at Consumers’ Association. Since then, I have worked on a freelance basis for a diverse range of clients such as the previous financial regulator (Financial Services Authority), Money Advice Service, education providers including the British Computer Society, charities like Macmillan Cancer Care and providers, such as Royal London Mutual. Along the way, I gained the Diploma in Financial Planning, have written over 25 books on personal finance and contributed to many more.
  • It was as a freelance personal finance expert that I first worked with the OU, joining the Economics Department a few years later in 2009. I’ve been part of the teams producing and running the OU’s personal finance modules: DB123 You and Your Money and DB234 Personal Investment in an Uncertain World, as well as contributing to the economics curriculum.

My particular research interests are pensions, the macroeconomic context for personal finance, and behavioural approaches to financial capability.

To access my research publications, you can view these online.

Jerome Monne

I am a research associate at the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance. My current research is mainly focused on saving and investment behaviour.

I also develop research projects following on from my PhD’s papers that were dedicated to the identification of new barriers that stand between financially vulnerable individuals and financial institutions, using a behavioural approach.

All these projects lead me to address varying fields of research the common denominator of which is personal finance and the use of quantitative methods.

  • Behavioural view of poverty
  • Behavioural finance
  • Microfinance
  • Commitment savings devices
  • Retirement savings
  • Financial advices
  • Inequality
  • Non-take-up of social benefits

I did my PhD thesis (that is close to completion) at Audencia Business School and at the University of Nantes (France). I hold a master degree in applied economics from the University Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense (France).

Martin Upton

My interest in personal financial services and financial literacy has arisen from two angles:

  • I spent twenty years in financial services – including twelve as Treasurer of the Nationwide Building Society – and so gained plenty of experience in designing and selling financial products to the public. As a non-executive director of the Shepshed Building Society I was also involved in ensuring the appropriate application of regulations to the sale of products.
  • After joining the Open University Business School in 2004, I was part of the team that compiled the personal finance modules ‘You and Your Money: Personal Finance in Context (DB123)’ – a module that deals with all aspect of personal finance and which supports the development of financial literacy. Subsequently I wrote the module ‘Introduction to Financial Services’ (BD131) which explores how financial firms in the UK operate and how their activities - including the sale of financial products – are regulated.

My particular interests are financial risk management and financial services regulation.

My main role as previous Director of PUFin was to produce and present the suite of three free online courses aimed at supporting and developing the public’s financial literacy and knowledge of personal finance products. These courses - Managing My Money, Managing My Investments and Managing My Financial Journey - are offered on both the FutureLearn and OpenLearn platforms.

To access my research publications, you can view these online.

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