Leadership Team
Name Role
Business School Management Team
Professor Haina Zhang Dean and Head of School
Professor W David McCausland Director of Education
Mr Russell Williams Director of Off-Campus Learning
Professor Keith Bender Director of Research
Dr Audrey Paterson Director of Postgraduate Research
Professor Stephanie Morgan School Director of Accreditations & Interim Director of Staffing (Recruitment and Development Lead)
Professor Norman Hutchison  Director of External Engagement & Head of Real Estate
Dr King Omeihe Head of Business Management
Professor John Skåtun Head of Economics
Adam Smith Director of Resources & Interim Director of Staffing (Discipline and Development Lead)
Dr Bill Jackson Head of Accountancy
Professor Gerhard Kling Head of Finance
Dr Trevor Morrow Director of Internationalisation
Fiona Ritchie School Administrative Manager
Mrs Kirsteen Watt Accreditation and Projects Manager
Professor Angela Black Interim Director of Staffing (Promotion and Development Lead)
Rhonda Macdonald PA to Head of School
Research Directors
Professor Gerhard Kling Finance
Dr Rainer Schulz Real Estate
Professor Catia Montagna Economics
Professor J Ignacio Canales Business and Management
Administration Team
Business School Office
Fiona Ritchie School Administrative Manager
General School Support
Julia Braik School Administrator and Deputy SAM (workload planning, bought-in tutors, travel and budget support)
Laura Kruitbos School Support Coordinator (purchasing, operational support, bought in tutors) (0.8 FTE)
Ashley Lim School Support Assistant (Travel, purchasing and operational support)  

Nicola Mian (maternity leave)

Rhonda MacDonald

PA to Dean  
Fumiko Nakamaru Editorial Assistant for the Scottish Journal of Political Economy and PA to Professor Kemp  
Academic Support Team
Vacancy School Administrator (Teaching Administration for UG and PGT, UG Examinations and Timetabling)  
Gordon Rosie School Support Assistant for Business Management programmes
Claire Mcarthur School Support Assistant for International Business Undergraduate programmes
Vacancy School Support Assistant for Economics UG and PEEF Postgraduate Taught Courses
Emma Richards (maternity cover) Student Progression Coordinator (Student Achievement, Student Monitoring, Pastoral Support and Personal Tutor support). jaye-businessschool@abdn.ac.uk  
Paulina Kajda School Support Coordinator (Teaching Administration for UG - including Qatar, UG Examinations and Timetabling, UG Academic Integrity and Appeals).  
Cherie Connon School Support Coordinator (On-line, off-campus, Qatar PGT)  
Martin Cartney  School Administration Assistant  
Julie Davidson School Support Assistant for Accountancy, Finance and Real Estate Undergraduate programmes  
Graeme McDonald School Support Coordinator (Teaching Administration for block-taught PGT, block-taught PGT Examinations and Timetabling, block-taught PGT Academic Integrity and Appeals)  
Morag Mitchell  School Administration Assistant  
Sasha Fraser School Support Assistant for Block-Taught Postgraduate Taught Courses  
Anna Gaw School Support Assistant for Block-Taught Postgraduate Taught Courses  
Carolyn Johnston  School Support Assistant for PGT Finance and Investment Management (FIM), Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance (PEEF) and Financial Technology (Fintech)  
Morag Mitchell School Support Assistant for Accountancy and Finance Postgraduate Taught Courses  
Ruth Tweedie

School Support Assistant for Real Estate PGT programmes

Split Role – based in Partnerships and Research Support Team
Diane Hewitt School Support Coordinator (Teaching Administration for standard-delivery PGT, standard-delivery PGT Examinations and Timetabling, standard delivery PGT Academic Integrity and Appeals)  
Ashley Whyte General Support (Intern)  
accfin@abdn.ac.uk Accounting and Finance queries  
econ@abdn.ac.uk Economics queries  
bus-management@abdn.ac.uk Business Management and IB queries  
realestate@abdn.ac.uk Real estate queries  
study@abdn.ac.uk UG Admissions - Student Recruitment and Admissions   
External Engagement and Accreditation
Kirsteen Watt Accreditation and Projects Manager  
Julie Adamson School Administrator (Quality Assurance)  
Mrs Pamela Cumming Schools Engagement Officer  
Lucia Giuntoli Business Engagement Adviser  
Stephanie Marajh Senior School Administrator (Accreditation)  
businessschool@abdn.ac.uk External Engagement enquiries  
bs-accreditation@abdn.ac.uk Accreditation enquiries  
Partnerships, PGT Admissions and Research Support Team
Clare Fletcher School Partnerships and Curriculum Development Officer (including conversion management)
 Jeanette Higginson School Admissions Administrator (PGT applications processing and enquiries)
Abigail Murray (maternity leave)
School Administration Assistant (PGT applications processing)  
Ruth Tweedie

School Administration Assistant (PGT applications processing and enquiries)

Split Role – based in Partnerships and Research Support Team
Nick Hindley School Support Coordinator (Research and REF support)  
Nathalie Kemp School Administration Coordinator (PGR applications and enquiries)  
gbs@abdn.ac.uk PGT Admissions - Business School  
pgrbus@abdn.ac.uk PhD Admissions - Business School  
Ray Addison Marketing Manager  
Lucy Holmes School Marketing Officer  
Lewis Robinson Digital Marketing Officer  
Programme Directors
Undergraduate Programme Directors
Andrew Mulhern MA Accountancy
Dr Laura McCann MA Finance
Dr Nan Liu MA Real Estate
MA Economics
Dr Mauro Papi MA Financial Economics
Professor J Ignacio Canales MA / MBus International Business
Dr Tim Stone MA Business Management
Postgraduate Programme Directors
Dr Yakubu Abdul-Salam MSc Law and Economics of Oil and Gas
Dr Nikos Vlassis MScEcon Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance
PGCert Energy Economics and Finance (Online)
Dr Naser Makarem MScEcon Accounting and Finance
Dr Fotios Papadimitriou MScEcon Finance and Investment Management
Fiona Stoddard MSc Finance and Real Estate
Dr Chunxia Jiang MSc International Business and Finance
Russell Williams MSc, PgDip or PgCert Digital Marketing Leadership
Martin Dowling MBA Executive MBA (London, UK)

Dr Xiaoqing (Joyce) Chen

MSc Marketing Management
Professor Pervaiz Akhtar MBA
MBA (Global) (Online)
Professor Pervaiz Akhtar

MBA Business Analytics

Dr Jing Cai MSc International Business Management
Professor Pervaiz Akhtar MBA Energy Management
Dr Shainaz Firfiray MSc International Human Resource Management
John Storm Executive MBA (Shanghai, China)
Dr Fiona Stoddard MSc Real Estate
Dr Seungho Lee MSc Finance (Online)
Dr Daniel Gyimah MSc Corporate Finance and Law
Dr Jiafu An MSc Financia Technology
Dr Yuan Zhao MSc International Finance and Political Relations
Dr Huda Khan MSC Marketing Management
Postgraduate Research Directors
Dr Rainer Schulz Real Estate
Professor Ioannis Theodossiou Economics
Business and Management
Name Role Interests
Dr Thereza Sales de Aguair Senior Lecturer

Corporate social responsibility, climate change, gender, accounting education and MNCs.

Mr Alex Arthur

Senior Lecturer (Temporary, Part-Time) Accountancy

Dr Shamima Haque

Senior Lecturer

Corporate social responsibility, Climate change accounting, employee related disclosures, Gender in accounting.

Professor Azizul Islam Personal Chair Sustainability accounting,  Human rights & modern slavery related accountability and transparency, SDGs & social audits, corporate anti-bribery measures.
Dr Bill Jackson Senior Lecturer Accounting history, Healthcare accounting, Public and third sector accounting, Management control, Gender and the Accounting profession.
Dr Naser Makarem Lecturer Financial reporting, earnings management, audit quality, real activities manipulation.
Mr Andrew Mulhern Lecturer (Scholarship) Accountancy education; philosophical issues in accounting; financial statement analysis; double-entry bookkeeping; and music and creative sector.
Dr Mohamed Osman Lecturer Accountancy history, sustainable development reporting in emerging countries, accounting education.
Dr Audrey Paterson


Healthcare accounting, anti-fraud and corruption, public and third sector accounting, Gender in the accounting profession, Accounting history.

Professor Alan Sangster Personal Chair

Accounting history, the theory, practice and teaching of double entry bookkeeping, accounting education, accounting systems, accounting theory.

Dr Sarah Smith Lecturer (Scholarship) Financial accounting & reporting; Corporate communication including voluntary disclosure and impression management; Leasing; Academic faculty issues and Accounting education.
Ms Lindsay Tibbetts Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)

Auditing, Feedback and Assessment, Employability,  Professional Education in an academic environment.

Mr Mark Whittington

Senior Lecturer

Strategic management accounting, accounting education, international accounting, reporting and financial statement analysis.

Theme: Finance and Governance

Name Role Interests
Dr Nicole Andelic Research Fellow

Labour Economics, Health Economics

Dr Yu Aoki


Health economics

Dr Yakubu Abdul-Salam Lecturer

Energy and environmental economics

Dr Harminder Battu


Economics of education, employment contracts, regional inequality

Dr Juergen Bracht


Trust and reputation 

Professor Keith Bender

SIRE Chair in Economics (on sabattical)

Labour Economics, Economics of Ageing, Subjective Well-being, Health Economics

Professor Hans K Hvide

Chair in Economics and Finance (part-time)

Innovation and enterprise, investments, income risk

Dr Sola Kasim

Research Fellow

Energy and climate change adaptation and mitigation economics

Professor Alex Kemp

Professor of Petroleum Economics

North Sea economics, international petroleum economics
Director: Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance

Dr Takahiko Kiso


Energy and environmental economics, public economics

Professor W David McCausland Personal Chair

macroeconomics, labour economics



Professor Catia Montagna

Jaffrey Chair in Economics

International trade theory; firms in the global economy; labour markets, trade, FDI; globalisation and labour markets; welfare state policies

Dr George Emeka Onwordi

Teaching Fellow

Search and matching frictions, labour markets and policies, macroeconomic dynamics

Dr Mauro Papi

Senior Lecturer

Economic theory, experiments, and bounded rationality

Professor Euan Phimister

Chair in Economics

Economics of spatial labour markets


Economics of spatial labour markets

Dr Agathe Rouaix



Professor John Skåtun

Chair in Economics

Labour economics, labour market contracting, trades unions

Professor Joe Swierzbinski

Chair in Environmental and Energy Economics

Experimental economics

Professor Ioannis Theodossiou

Chair in Economics

Wage determination, unemployment, macroeconomics

Dr Nikolaos Vlassis


Energy and environmental economics

Professor of Environmental & Resource Economics.

Environmental and Resource Economics

Professor Alex Zangelidis

Personal Chair

Labour economics 

Supervision Contacts 
Professor Ioannis Theodossiou Supervisor Economics
Name Role Interests
Dr Abraham Adu Lecturer in Finance (Scholarship)


Professor Angela Black

Chair in Finance

Asset pricing, household finance, corporate finance

Dr Filipa Da Silva Fernandes Lecturer

Corporate finance, financial economics, banking

Dr Daniel Gyimah Lecturer in Finance


Dr Chunxia Jiang Senior Lecturer in Finance


Professor Gerhard Kling

Chair in Finance


Dr Seungho Lee Lecturer in Finance


Dr Laura McCann


Corporate finance, debt source, relationship banking

Dr Fotios Papadimitriou

Senior Lecturer


Professor Martin Hoesli

Chair in Accountancy

House prices, disposable income, and permanent and temporary shocks and more

Professor Hans K Hvide

Chair in Economics and Finance

Economics, innovation and entrepreneurs, income and risk and more

Dr Huong Vu Lecturer Corporate finance, quantitative finance
Dr Yuan Zhao Lecturer

Asset pricing theories, fund performance evaluation, volatility forecasting, relativity

Business Management
Name Role Interests
Business Management
Dr Scott Allan Lecturer

The sociology, management and governance of professionals and professional work. In that context, financialisation of professional services and related metricisation of performance and control mechanisms; identity and subjectivity; power relations; knowledge/expertise and trust; technology and its effect on work

Professor Pervaiz Akhtar Personal Chair

Business Analytics

Dr Ali Bayat Lecturer

Firm policy, corporate governance, strategic leadership, policy implications of big data

Dr Karen Bilsland Lecturer

Work organisation; HRM; employee engagement and participation; corporate governance; spatiality and architecture in organisations; visual research methods

Professor George Boyne Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Public services performance and management; strategic management; local government; public sector

Dr Jing Cai

Senior Lecturer

Technology management, innovation, dynamic capability, strategic management, gorporate governance

Professor J Ignacio Canales Personal Chair

Strategic Management

Dr Xiaoqing (Joyce) Chen Lecturer

Tourism Management, Customer Experience, Interpretive Paradigm, Asian Management Culture, Philosophies in Management

Dr William Cooper Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)


Dr Cheryl Dowie Lecturer

Business negotiation and conflict management, cross-cultural interactions, decision-making strategies, deal-making, ethics in negotiations.

Dr Shainaz Firfiray Senior Lecturer HRM, work-life balance, employee well-being, diversity, and family firms.    
Professor Donald Hislop Personal Chair

technology and work, mobile working, teleworking, knowledge management, artificial intelligence

Dr Yanghong (Alice) Hu Lecturer

Sub-national institutions in emerging economies, institutional theory, corporate diversification, strategic management, entrepreneurship in emerging economies

Professor Sofia Johan Professor in Entrepreneurial Finance

(fractional appointment)

Dr Karolina Kazimierczak


Science and technology studies; feminist theory

Dr Huda Khan Senior Lecturer

Management (Marketing)

Professor Zaheer Khan Professor in Strategy & International Business

Global technology management, Knowledge transfer, international alliances, post-acquisition behaviour of emerging markets' firms, automotive industry, internationalisation of SMEs, and CSR practices of firms operating in emerging markets

Head of Discipline

Entrepreneurship, Economic Sociology, Trust and Institutions, SME Internationalisation, Migrant and Ethnic Minority Businesses, West Africa, Research Methods

Professor Gary Knight

Professor in Global Entrepreneurship and International Business

(fractional appointment)

Dr John Lamb


Operational research, combinatorial and stochastic optimisation and simulation

Professor Dirk Libaers Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship

(fractional appointment)

Professor Haina Zhang Dean and Head of School

International management, organisational behaviour, human resource management and leadership.

Dr Elham Moonesirust Lecturer

Identity; power; discourse; critical management studies; gender studies, ethics of care; qualitative methodologies

Professor Stephanie Morgan Professor and Director of Accreditations

Business School accreditations, use of social media in HE, IT outsourcing, staff responses to change.

Dr Trevor Morrow Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)

Human Resource Strategy
International and Comparative HRM
International Business
Research Methods

Dr Nicola Naughton

Lecturer (Scholarship)

Recruitment and selection, organisational behaviour, knowledge management and coaching

Professor Simon Parker Chair in Entrepreneurship (fractional contract)  
Dr Xiaohui (Leo) Shi Senior Lecturer


Dr Allan J Sim

Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)


Business Ethics & CSR, effective teaching, cultural identity, organisational culture, globalisation

Adam Smith Senior Lecturer

Management (Entrepreneurship and Management Practice)

Dr Carol Smith Lecturer (Scholarship)


Dr Tim Stone


Qualitative consumer research on ageing, religion, or quality of life

John Storm Senior Lecturer Business Management    
Dr Hemamali Tennakoon Senior Lecturer in Management

Online privacy, cyber security, information security, online victimisation, cyber-psychology, human-computer interactions, social commerce, social networking sites, business models

Dr Elizabeth Thomson

Lecturer (part-time)

Qualitative research on child and family consumer behaviour

Dr Marcus Thompson 

Lecturer (Scholarship)


Mr Russell Williams

Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)Chair in Strategy & Entrepreneurship

Marketing and entrepreneurship: online trust (peer reviews and peer endorsements), crowdfunding (project pitches), entrepreneurship (entrepreneurship education).

Professor Jie Wu  Chair Professor in Strategy & Entrepreneurship

Internationalization of emerging multinational enterprises, top management team, the behavioral theory of a firm, institutional complexity, culture and strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, 

 Supervision Contacts

 Dr Karolina Kazimierczak

   Business Management
Real Estate
Name Role Interests
Real Estate
Professor Norman Hutchison Chair in Business School

Finance, commercial property valuation and investment, risk measurement and communication, and more

Dr Nan Liu Lecturer

Property investment and property market analysis

Professor Bryan MacGregor Chair in Real Estate  
Professor Deb Roberts Chair in Real Estate

Regional science, rural development, agricultural policy,renewable energy, housing market analysis

Dr Rainer Schulz Senior Lecturer Housing market analysis and statistical modelling
Dr Fiona Stoddard Lecturer (Scholarship)

Property valuation

Dr Martin Wersing Lecturer

Housing market analysis and statistical modelling