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Dr Jessica Yang

Associate Professor in Accounting and Financial Management

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  • Corporate Governance, 
  • Auditing, 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, 
  • Behavioural Finance, 
  • Banking and Financial Services, 
  • High-technology, 
  • Europe, 
  • Emerging countries


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Dr Jessica Yang began her career as a graduate audit trainee with one of the Big 4 accounting firms and became a qualified accountant. After receiving a full scholarship, she moved into doing her PhD in Corporate Governance and lecturing at universities. She is a fellow of Higher Education Academy.

Her principal research interests are in the areas of:

  1. Corporate governance, accountability and social and environmental responsibility, focusing on the role of the audit and remuneration committee, board diversity, and risk management.
  2. Corporate disclosures and communications: Sign and argumentation, storytelling and visualisation in accounting narratives, especially focusing on the effectiveness in communications through the use of social media and big data.

Jessica is currently supervising 6 PhD students and willing to consider the supervision of doctoral students with keen interests in such research areas. Jessica is an editorial advisor of the journal of “Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society” and a reviewer for several leading corporate governance journals. She serves as an External Examiner for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes at several UK universities. She sits on various boards of professional accounting bodies.

Module convenor for Business Finance and Advanced Business Finance for both UG and PG Accounting programmes.

Research Supervision

I am supervising 6 PhD Students as the first supervisor.

Yang Liu - 01/2012

“A Longitudinal Study of UK Carbon Emission Disclosure Strategy and its Association with Corporate Environmental Reputation and Financial Performance: Evidence from 2002-2012”

Sara Abdaless - 09/2012

“The Role of Accounting as a Structure of Significance in Facilitate Change towards Sustainability: Evidence from a UK University”

Chao Zhang (PT) - 04/2012

An Empirical Study of CEO Remunerations and Political Promotion: Evidence from China’s State-Owned Enterprises

Yasir AlBalushi - 09/2014

“The Association between Audit Committee Multiple Directorships and Industry Expertise on the Internal Controls over the Financial Reporting: the Case of Sultanate of Oman”

Siwen Liu - 10/2014

“A Semiotic Approach to Evaluating the Understandability of Corporate Disclosures”

Calvin Machaya - 10/2015

"The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Corporate Financial Performance within the Mining Sector: An International Perspective"

2015 Erasmus+ mobility Grant (€1,300)

2015 UROP Grant (£1320) Sole Principal Investigator

Research Project Title: Social Media Disclosures: A study of corporate use of Twitter.

2011 - 2012 Start-up Research Grant (£2000) Sole Principal Investigator

Research Project Title: Mind the Pension Gap: A Systematic Literature Review of the Financial Capability Needs for UK Pre-Retiree Market.