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Postgraduate and Collaborating/Visiting Opportunities

I welcome applicants with a solid academic background and a strong interest in research to apply for our Ph.D. programme. Desirable areas of research include ESG risks and sustainable finance in relation to corporate finance. General topics in corporate finance is also of interest. Potential collaborators, including visiting scholars, with a clear plan and track record of publishing in internationally prestigious journals are welcome. 


Ning is a professor of finance (chair) at the Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester, where he also serves as the deputy director for the Centre for the Analysis of Investment Risk (CAIR). He is an editor of the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Accounting (Elsevier) and an advisor to the Manchester China Institute. He completed his Ph.D. at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His research interests include corporate finance, sustainable finance, ESG risks, mergers and acquisitions, information in the financial system, and corporate governance and his works appear in world-leading and internationally reputable journals such as the Management Science, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Corporate Finance. Ning is a member of European Finance Association (EFA), Financial Management Association (FMA), American Finance Association (AFA) and Western Finance Association (WFA). He served on the programme review committees of EFA and FMA and as a Principle Investor (PI) for the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC). He is a founder and organizer of the Annual Corporate Finance Conference led by four leading universities in the Russell Group. He also served as a reviewer for 20 circa world-leading and internationally reputable journals in the fields of finance, accounting and management. Ning has a broad teaching portfolio which includes Advanced Corporate Finance (Ph.D.), Sustainable Finance and Accounting (MSc), Corporate Finance (Global MBA), Empirical Finance (UG), Financial Markets and Institutions (UG), , Mergers & Acquisitions Negotiations (Full-time MBA). 


B.A (Econ.), PhD in Finance

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

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