Professor Kevin Keasey

Professor Kevin Keasey


PhD (Econ), The University of Newcastle upon Tyne

MA (Econ), The University of Newcastle upon Tyne

BA (Econ), The University of Durham



Professor Kevin Keasey is currently Director of the International Banking Institute (IBI) and Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance (CASIF).  He was previously the long-term (17 plus years in total) Head of the Accounting and Finance Division – he stepped down in 2017.

Kevin is the author of 13 books, monographs and edited volumes on corporate governance, banking, small firms and decision making, and 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. He has also published over 80 book chapters, reports, etc.  His most recent books include ‘Size, Risk and Governance in European Banking’ and ‘A Handbook of Corporate of Corporate Governance’ (both Oxford University Press, 2013).  He is joint editor of the most comprehensive (14 volumes by leading international authors) series on corporate governance to date.  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 = 10833,  H-Index = 53, i10 index = 128 (google scholar – 1/3/20).

Kevin developed the Accounting and Finance (A&F) division within Leeds University Business School (LUBS) from a 1 rating in 1989, to a 4 rating in 1992 and to a recognised 5 rating in 1996, 2001 and 2008. Since that time it has been returned as part of the Business School. In terms of the 2014 REF exercise, the A&F division returned 100% of its eligible staff with a GPA in excess of 3.25 and this success continues with it approximating 3.5 in the current exercise.  In terms of teaching excellence the A&F division achieved the unique position of being simultaneously ranked 1st in all the UK league tables - Sunday Times and Times, Guardian University Rankings and the Complete University Guide in 2016/17.  This success continues with the division being ranked number 1 in a number of the tables (for example, the 2020 Sunday Times ranking).  Furthermore, in 1997 he established and developed the Centre for Financial Services (CFS) which later evolved into the International Banking Insitute (IBI) with substantial corporate sponsorship (in excess of £1.5m).  In 2005 he established the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance (CASIF) that is a doctoral school specialising in a small number of advanced subjects in finance.  CASIF benefits from links with the world’s best universities such as Tsinghua in China, CUHK in Hong Kong, Bologna in Italy, Salamanca in Spain, etc.  In 2009 he formed the Leeds Enterprise Centre that provides a lead in both the teaching and research of enterprise across the campus.

He has initiated a range of successful MBA and MA programmes at home and overseas and he has built extensive networks in China.  Kevin is an established teacher of executive programmes and he jointly directed across the 1990’s the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Financial Sector Scheme for managers from the former Soviet Union (a £2 million plus scheme).  He has supervised over 45 PhD students, with many progressing to senior academic and corporate positions across the globe.  He was awarded a Dean’s prize for teaching excellence in 2011 and 2012.


As well as establishing, leading and building academic units, Kevin has substantial and extensive experience as an entrepreneur, corporate director and a mentor to senior executives.  His director and non-executive positions have included a hi-tech holding company, a fast growth care company, a venture capital company and plc's in the IT and Telecom sectors.  In addition, he founded Ecom Group Ltd and was a founder and chairman of Aquilo plc until the end of 2006 (AIM listed and 130 staff in 2006).  He is (has been) a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the CEO Circle (a group of the leading CEO's in the UK) and the Northern Region Advisory panel of the Stock Exchange.


  • 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