Professor Kevin Keasey


BA, MA & PhD (All Econ)




Since the early 1990s Kevin has been the head of the Accounting and Finance (A&F) department on a number of occasions, totalling more than 17 years of service.  He helped to develop a strong research culture and on the teaching side the department achieved the unique position of being ranked 1st in all the UK league tables for teaching excellence in 2016/17.

He established the International Banking Institute in 1997, the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance in 2005 and the Leeds Enterprise Centre in 2009.

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 £4.5 million scheme in current value terms).

Research and PhD Supervision

12,149 Citations, 55 H-Index and 136 10 Index.

Kevin is the author of 14 books, monographs and edited volumes on corporate governance, banking, small firms and decision making.  His latest book is with Charlie Cai – Experts versus the Evidence: A Practical Guide to Stock Investing, John Wiley.

He is the author of over 145 refereed articles in leading international journals.  Recent selected articles include:

  • ‘CEO Turnover in Large Banks: Does Tail Risk Matter?’, Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2017, 64, 37-55, (with A. Srivastav, F. Vallascas and S. Mollah). 
  •  ‘Market Reaction to Earnings News: A Unified Test of Information Risk and Transaction Costs’, Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2013, 56, 251-266, (with Q. Zhang and C. Cai). 
  • ‘Market Development, Information Diffusion and the Global Anomaly Puzzle’, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming, (with L. Peng, C. Cai and Q. Zhang).
  • ‘When Banks Grow Too Big for their National Economies: Tail Risks, Risk Channels and Government Guarantees’, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 2018, 52, 5, 1-26, (with J. Hagendorff and F. Vallascas).

He has supervised 50 PhD students across accounting, finance and banking from around the globe. 


Kevin has taught across the whole range of accounting, finance and banking subjects and he has been awarded the Dean’s prize for teaching excellence on more than one occasion.


Kevin has substantial experience as a founder, executive and non-executive in private and listed companies.  He has advised local and health authorities on matters of strategy and governance.


  • 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