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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 professor of finance (chair) at the Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester. He is the deputy director of the Centre for the Analysis of Investment Risk (CAIR). He received his Ph.D. from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His research interests include corporate finance, environmental/social/governance (ESG) risks, sustainable finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, and information in the financial system. His works appear in world-leading and internationally renowned journals (e.g., Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance). Ning is a member of European Financial Association (EFA), Financial Management Association (FMA), American Finance Association (AFA) and Western Finance Association (WFA). He serves on the programme review committees of EFA and FMA. He also served as a Principle Investor (PI) at 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 serves as a reviewer for nearly 20 international journals in the area of finance. Ning has a broad teaching portfolio which includes Corporate Finance (Global MBA), Empirical Finance (UG), Financial Markets and Institutions (UG), Advanced Corporate Finance (Ph.D.), 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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

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