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Edward Lee is a Professor of Accounting and Finance at the Alliance Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester. His representative research has been published in leading accounting academic journals on the UT Dallas or Financial Times list (e.g. Journal of Accounting Research, Accounting, Organization and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Review of Accounting Studies). Among his over 50 publications are also research articles in various other internationally excellent academic journals (e.g. Accounting Horizons, European Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Journal of Corporate Finance).
Edward currently serves as a Joint Editor-in-Chief of Accounting and Business Research, and also holds editorial positions or board membership in several other academic journals, including those affiliated with the American Accounting Association (AAA), the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), or the European Accounting Association (EAA). He also serves as the Director of Postgraduate Research at the Accounting and Finance Division of the Alliance Manchester Business School, and conducts academic visits to other universities such as Fudan University of Shanghai, China and Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. 
Edward's academic research addresses accounting issues with important policy relevance, and his research interest focuses on corporate disclosure and capital market accounting research. He also engages further with interdisciplinary research in corporate finance, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. He has examined a wide array of topical issues ranging from the economic consequences of accounting standards and disclosure regulations to the capital market and information impact of anti-corruption campaign, bank deregulations, corporate governance reform, demographic policy, financial crisis, industrial policies, and stock ownership reform.
Edward has co-supervised doctoral students who are now serving as faculty members in well-known US and Asian universities as well as UK Russell Group universities. His academic research impact is also evident through citations by UT Dallas or Financial Times listed leading academic journals in the accounting discipline (e.g. Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Accounting, Organization and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Review of Accounting Studies) and other disciplinary areas (e.g. Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of International Business Studies, and Management Science).
Selected publications in UTD or FT listed accounting journals:

(see Research output tab for other academic publications) 

Academic journal editorial positions:

Doctoral students supervised:

  • Hans Christensen, completed 2008, co-supervised with Martin Walker, now serving as Professor of Accounting, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, USA
  • Zhenmei (Judy) Zhu, completed 2012, co-supervised with Norman Strong, now serving as Associate Professor, Dept. of Accounting, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Cheng (Colin) Zeng, completed 2012, co-supervised with Martin Walker, now serving as Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
  • Chu Yeong Lim, completed 2012, co-supervised with Asad Kausar and Martin Walker, now serving as Senior Lecturer, Division of Accounting, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Jirada Petaibanlue, completed 2013, co-supervised with Martin Walker, now serving as Assistant Professor, Dept. of Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Yin Zhu, completed 2014, co-supervised with Martin Walker, former visiting researcher, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Jenny Cleverton, (DBA) completed 2015, Financial Services Organisation (London UK, Luxembourg)
  • Ersa Wahyuni, completed 2015, co-supervised with Chris Humphrey, now serving as Lecturer, Dept. of Accounting, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia
  • Mostafa Harakeh, completed 2017, co-supervised with Martin Walker, now serving as Assistant Professor, Accounting and Finance Dept., University of Leeds, UK
  • Yangke Liu, completed 2018, co-supervised with Viet Dang and Cheng Zeng, now serving as Lecturer in Finance, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • Steven Xianglong Chen, completed 2019, co-supervised with Konstantinos Stathopoulos, now serving as Lecturer in Accounting, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Spyridon Gkikopoulos, expected 2023, co-supervised with Konstantinos Stathopoulos

Supervision information

Applications from prospective students for PhD studies in the accounting and finance are welcomed, and especially if the proposed research relates to (1) corporate disclosure and capital market accounting research or (2) other interdisciplinary areas associated with corporate finance, corporate governance, or corporate social responsibility. Research proposals under these themes are especially encouraged if they are relevant to (i) topical ESG (environmental, social, and governance) issues or (ii) interesting country-specific institutional factors of emerging economies such as China.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions