Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are internationally-renowned leaders in their chosen fields of business expertise. As a doctoral student at Imperial College Business School you will work with these leading faculty members as they supervise you throughout the programme and prepare you for a future in academia.

When undertaking a PhD, it is important to find a faculty member whose expertise aligns with your thesis to ensure they are able to supervise your project. You can find examples of some of the faculty that you could work with below. If you wish to contact a particular faculty member, you can find their details by following the links to their full research interests.

Department of Finance faculty
Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship faculty
Department of Management faculty

Department of Finance

Franklin Allen

Franklin Allen

Professor of Finance and Economics and Executive Director of the Brevan Howard Centre

Franklin joined Imperial in 2014 from his role as the Nippon Life Professor of Finance, Co-Director of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and Professor of Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  His main areas of interest are corporate finance, asset pricing, financial innovation, comparative financial systems, and financial crises.  He is a co-author with Richard Brealey and Stewart Myers of the eighth through eleventh editions of the textbook ‘Principles of Corporate Finance’.

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Lara Cathcart

Dr Lara Cathcart

Associate Professor of Finance

Lara specialises in the study of credit risk, derivative pricing and fixed income products. Her work has appeared in numerous finance journals including the Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance and Quantitative Finance. She is an Associate Editor for the European Journal of Finance and the Journal of Banking and Finance, and has consulted for several investment banks and for HM Treasury.

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Tarun  Ramadorai - Professor of Financial Economics

Tarun Ramadorai

Professor of Financial Economics

Tarun has a broad range of research interests in the areas of household finance, asset pricing, and international finance. He is greatly interested in finance and economics issues in emerging markets, with a particular focus on India. He has published on these topics in a number of scholarly journals in finance and economics. In addition to his academic work, Tarun has taken on several advisory roles in the area of financial regulation and policy in both India and Europe, most recently serving as the Chairman of the Inter-Regulatory Committee on Household Finance constituted by the Reserve Bank of India. Tarun has a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College, an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. Prior to his role at Imperial, Tarun spent over a decade at the University of Oxford.

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Alex Michaelides

Marcin Kacperczyk

Professor of Finance

Marcin's research primarily investigates the impact of private information on financial markets and has been published in Econometrica, Journal of Finance, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. As a recent recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) grant, his future research will examine how information flow is related to market structure in order to understand the mechanisms that drive economic decisions. Specifically, the project will use the contexts of illegal insider trading and household finance to lay out the micro foundations for informed trading in investment and corporate settings. He earned his MA in Banking and Finance from the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, and his PhD in Finance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining Imperial, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the New York University Stern School of Business and the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business.

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Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Markus Perkmann

Markus Perkmann

Head of the Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management

Markus joined Imperial in 2008 and has collaborated with organisations including GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, Shell, Rolls Royce and Imperial Innovations. He was previously head of innovation at start-up firm Greychip and has a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University. His research explores how organisations with different cultures and identities work interact. He has a particular interest in the interface between the world of science and industry, and special hybrid organisations that can bridge both of these worlds.

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Erkko Autio

Erkko Autio

Chair in Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship

Erkko has conducted award-winning research in comparative entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship and innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. He was a founding team member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor – the largest on-going social science research consortium in the world – and a founder of the globally acclaimed Global Entrepreneurship Index. His research has been cited in hundreds of news media in over 80 countries (including The Economist, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, MSBNC, among others) and in over 15 000 academic publications, leading to a recognition by a recent Academy of Management Perspectives article as one of the 50 most influential management scholars globally of his generation (Aquinis et al, 2012).

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Paola Criscuolo

Paola Criscuolo

Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship PhD Coordinator and Associate Professor of Innovation

Paola Criscuolo completed her PhD thesis at the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), partly funded by a Marco Fanno fellowship from Mediocredito Centrale. Paola joined the Business School in October 2004 as a Research Associate working on a EPSRC-funded research project which analyses knowledge sharing and the evolution of networks and capabilities in two engineering consulting firms. She is now an associate professor working on topics related to open innovation, creativity, knowledge sharing, and methodological issues related to patents and patent citation analysis. Her research involves rigorous econometric analysis which are applied to large public and proprietary databases as well as to survey-based data which she collects by working in collaboration with industrial partners.

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Richard Green

Richard Green

Head of the Department of Management and Professor of Sustainable Energy Business

Richard’s recent work has focused on the impact of low-carbon generation on the electricity market and the business and policy implications of this. Before joining Imperial College Business School, Richard was Professor of Energy Economics and Director of the Institute of Energy Research and Policy at the University of Birmingham. He has spent time on secondment to the Office of Electricity Regulation and has held visiting appointments at the World Bank, the University of California Energy Institute and MIT.

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Nelson Phillips

Nelson Phillips

Abu Dhabi Chamber Chair in Innovation and Strategy and Associate Dean of Faculty and Research

Nelson has published more than 75 articles in publications such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Organizational Research Methods, and Organization Studies. In addition, he is very active in programme design and delivery for a wide range of businesses such as Allen & Overy, The Royal Society, Telefonica, BT, Atkins, Shell and Laing O’Rourke..

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Carol Propper

Carol Propper

Chair in Economics

Carol’s research focuses on the impact of incentives on the quality of healthcare delivery and, more widely, on the design and consequences of incentives within the public sector and the boundary between the state and private markets. Carol has been awarded the 2010 International Health Economics Association’s Arrow Award for the best paper in Health Economics. She has also received a CBE for her services to social science, in recognition of her research into public economics and economics of healthcare as well as her work with colleagues from other social science and medicine disciplines.

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