Professor Kevin Keasey

Professor Kevin Keasey


BA, MA & PhD (All Econ)




Kevin was the long-term Head of the Accounting and Finance (A&F) division, stepping down in 2017. He developed the division within Leeds University Business School (LUBS) from a 1 rating in 1989 to recognised 5 ratings in later REF exercises.  He also established the International Banking Institute in 1997, the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance in 2005 and the Leeds Enterprise Centre in 2009.

The A&F division achieved the truly unique position of being ranked 1st in all the UK league tables for teaching excellence in 2016/17. Kevin initiated a range of successful MBA and MA programmes at home and overseas,  and jointly directed the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Financial Sector Scheme for managers from the former Soviet Union (a £2 million plus scheme).

Research and PhD Supervision

Kevin is the author of 13 books, monographs and edited volumes on corporate governance, banking, small firms and decision making.  

He is the author of over 135 refereed articles in leading international journals such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics; the Economic Journal; the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis; the Journal of Money, Credit and BankingAccounting, Organisations and Society; the Journal of Corporate Finance, etc.  

Kevin’s research has received international recognition and he is one of only 4 UK academics to be ranked both in the top 100 (top 1%) for the past 50 years of global accounting research output in the 25 leading accounting journals and in the top 4% for the past 50 years of global finance research output in the 25 leading finance journals (Heck, 2009). 

Citations = 11,000 plus,  H-Index = 53, i10 index = 129.

He has supervised over 45 PhD students, with many progressing to senior academic and corporate positions across the globe. 


Kevin has taught across the whole range of accounting, finance and banking subjects.  He has always received excellent feedback, a recent example (2020) being

“I am writing to ask for a book recommendation. I've just graduated and behavioural finance was by far my most enjoyable module throughout the university (thanks in no small part to your great lectures), and despite going into accounting, I would still like to keep learning about behavioural finance” {student from the 3rd year Behavioural Finance module}.

He was awarded the Dean’s prize for teaching excellence in 2011 and 2012.


Kevin has substantial experience as a founder, executive and non-executive – he has held positions in hi-tech holding, fast growth care and venture capital companies, and IT and Telecom plc’s.  


  • Director, International Banking Institute (IBI)
  • Director, Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance (CASIF)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance
  • International Banking Institute

Current postgraduate researchers