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Personal Chair in Corporate Finance

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Roles and Responsibilities

  • Course Leader for Corporate Governance (MSc) and Foundation of Finance Theory (MSc)
  • Member of Academia Europaea
  • Joint Editor: British Accounting Review
  • Editor-in-Chief: Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies


Wenxuan Hou (Wen) is Chair in Corporate Finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School. He received his PhD from Manchester Business School and pursued executive education at Kellogg School of Management. He was at Durham University as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and then Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) until he joined Edinburgh in 2012.

Wen is elected as a Member of Academia Europaea, Co-chair (2018-2021) and Member of the Young Academy of Scotland at Royal Society of Edinburgh, the 30th President of Chinese Economic Association (UK/Europe), a Board Director of Asian Finance Association (2016-2017), a Senior Fellow of China Centre for Globalization and a Panel Member of Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020.

Wen has served as a Joint Editor of British Accounting Review, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, Associate Editor of Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & MoneyEuropean Journal of Finance, and Finance Research Letters. He co-organized international conferences with Review of Finance, Review of Corporate Finance Studies, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Financial Intermediation among others on the themes of a) Chinese capital markets, b) ethical and sustainable entrepreneurship, c) legal institutions and finance, d) corporate governance in emerging countries, e) microfinance, f) green finance and e) financial technology.

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Research Interests

His research interests cover corporate finance, corporate governance, law and finance, business ethics and financial markets. He has published more than 50 articles in FT50, ABS-4*/3* and ABDC-A*/A journals, five books with Palgrave Macmillan and 13 book chapters, including publications in Journal of Financial EconomicsEuropean Journal of Operation Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Business History, Abacus, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, British Accounting Review, Corporate Governance: An International Review, European Journal of Finance, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Economic Modelling, International Review of Financial Analysis, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Financial Market, Institutions & Money and Regional Studies among others.

He supervise PhD students in the research areas of corporate governance, financial development, Fintech, and climate finance, and received Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision. He has taught a range of courses including Corporate Governance (MSc and executive), Foundation of Finance Theory (MSc), Corporate Finance (UG, 2015-2019), Global Financial Markets and Emerging Economy (MSc, 2017-2020), Advanced Finance Theory (MSc, 2009-2012) and Business Finance (MBA,2012-2014), and received multiple Best Teaching Awards. 

Wen is regularly featured in media, including ScotsmanPeople's Daily, Xinhua News, and Yangtse Evening News.

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