Anna is an Associate Professor in Finance and the Chair of the UG Curriculum Review Committee at The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University. She is also the Research Lead and PhD Coordinator of Accounting and Finance Subject Group. She line manages and provides leadership to a team of AnF academics.
Anna gained her PhD in Finance from the University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University, Anna was a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Deputy Director for The Finance and Banking Research Centre (FiBRe, 57 members) at Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University. She also worked as a Senior Lecturer in Finance at Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University, and taught at Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, China Campus.
Anna's research interests focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, Fintech, corporate finance, sustainable finance, financing strategies & investments by emerging market multinational companies, firm governance, bank risk-taking behaviour and performance. Anna's work has been funded through major competitive research grant schemes, including The National Social Science Fund of China (1), State Council, China, £40,415 (350,000 RMB), The National Social Science Fund of China (2), State Council, China, £23,095 (200,000 RMB), The National Social Science Fund of China(3), State Council, China, £23,530 (200,000 RMB), The Humanities and Social Sciences Young Scholar Fund of China’s Ministry of Education, £9,600 (80,000 RMB), Zhejiang Provincial Soft Science Research Fund, China, £6,000 (50,000 RMB), The Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province of China, £7,200 (60, 000 RMB), Humanities and social science project of China's Ministry of Education, £6,000 (RMB 50,000), Zhejiang University of Technology Humanities and Social Sciences research fund, China, £7,060 (60,000 RMB), Zhejiang Philosophy and Social Science Research Fund, China, £1,800 (15,000 RMB), and School Research Support Fund of £1,800 at The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University.
Anna has a total of twenty-three publications in international peer-reviewed journals and a book chapter. Her work has appeared in international academic journals, including British Journal of Management (CABS 4), International Business Review (CABS 3), International Review of Financial Analysis (CABS 3), Review of Quantitative Finance & Accounting (CABS 3), International Marketing Review (CABS 3), Technological Forecasting and Social Change (ABS 3), Journal of Environmental Management (CABS 3), among others. Anna is the author of fifteen outputs eligible for the next REF 2027 with a healthy pipeline of new work under review or in final preparation for well-regarded journals.
Anna is a guest editor of Resources Policy (CABS 2, SSCI Q1, Impact Factor 8.222). She serves as a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed Journals and Research Development Fund (RDF) in China. She has served as a scientific/committee board member at five international conferences and also presented a number of papers at international conferences in Sydney, Australia; Paris, France; Atlanta, USA; Steyr, Austria; Queenstown, New Zealand; Prague, Czech Republic; Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey; Wuhan, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Beijing, China; Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Belfast, UK.
As a teacher, Anna has over ten years of experience teaching accounting and finance courses on BA, MSc, MBA, Executive MBA and PhD programmes and served as a programme leader of MSc Finance and BA Business Management with Finance at Leeds Business School. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
In addition, Anna serves as a distinguished visiting professor at Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China and a distinguished visiting professor at Zhijiang College, Shaoxing, China.
Anna won the Best Lecturer in Accounting, Finance and Law at ENSA Excellence Award 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLN-qz7GPJ8