Professor Bruce Burton


University of Dundee School of Business, School of Business

Accountancy & Finance, School of Business

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Following graduation from the University of Dundee in 1991 I trained for a year at Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte in Nottingham (now part of PWC) before embarking on a PhD at the University in 1992. My first full-time academic job was at the University of Bath (1997-1999). I then joined the University of Dundee in 1999, as lecturer in finance (1999-2003); senior lecturer in finance (2003-2013) and Professor of Finance (2013-). My research increasingly focusses on corporate governance failures and avenues for improvement in developing countries. I am the founding editor of Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, the world’s only academic outlet dedicated to this type of work (now in its 13th year) and founding director of the Centre for Qualitative Research in Financial Markets. I have had three spells as acting/interim Dean/Director of the School and served as Head of A&F for 6 years.


Research Grants


Part of Crowdfundres consortium awarded €2m to investigate potential of Crowdfunding for Renewables in EU (European Commission Horizon 2020 scheme). Lead investigator




  • Founding and continuing editor of Qualitative Research in Financial Markets
  • Member of Editorial Board for British Accounting Review
  • Member of Editorial Board for European Journal of Finance
  • Director of Centre for Qualitative Research in Finance

Summary of research expertise

  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate finance
  • Qualitative research
  • Institutional theory

Research themes

  • Markets and Governance

Impact and knowledge exchange

The completed Crowdfundres project mentioned above is developing traction via the publication and proliferation of reports and guidelines generated (see The ‘Results’ section of the website provides testimony regarding the impact of project evidence on specific renewable projects across Europe. Myself and colleagues on the project have given invited talks across the continent on the project and its findings; I gave an invited talk at the University of Bath in 2019.


The Centre for Qualitative Research in Finance held its first conference in Dundee in 2019, attracting speakers from around the world. Further events are planned going forward. Qualitative Research in Financial Markets continues to grow in quality and scale, recently attaining a ‘B’  ranking on the ABDC list.


A paper on oil pricing and share returns (El-Sharif et al., 2005) on which I was the lead author continues to be widely cited and is now sitting at 560+ on Google scholar

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I have taught across more than 20 modules in Finance at all levels since joining the University in 1999, in many cases as module leader. As well as developing content within modules I have led in growing provision in the key contemporary areas of Corporate Governance and Behavioural Finance and now deliver modules dedicated to these issues at undergraduate and taught postgraduate level respectively. I have supervised more than 15 doctoral students to completion with 8 current students likely to complete over the next 12 months.

Media availability

I am available for media commentary on my research.

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Areas of expertise

  • Business regulation