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Mr Jiafu An

Senior Lecturer

Jiafu An


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Accounting and Financial Management subject group. My areas of expertise are corporate finance, gender inequality and the economic consequences of dramatic shocks.

Before joining the University of Portsmouth, I was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Edinburgh. I have also been a visiting scholar at Columbia Business School in New York.

I am Guest Editor of China Economic Review and Chair of the Fintech and Green Finance Group in the UK/Europe branch of the China Economic Association.

I have participated in the organisation of several international financial conferences.


I joined the University in 2020. I was a visiting scholar at Columbia Business School from 2019 to 2020.

After gaining my Master's in 2015 at the University of Edinburgh, I completed my PhD in finance there in 2020. I was also a Teaching Assistant during this time.

I became Chair of the China Economic Association's Fintech and Green Finance Group in 2019.

In 2016 I received a Corporate Governance Research Grant of $2,000 from the National Stock Exchange of India and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research.

Research Interests

My current research interests are corporate finance, financial technology, gender inequality and the economic consequences of dramatic shocks.

In my most recent research coauthored with Prof. Chen Lin and Prof. Wenxuan Hou, we study how epidemic disease can influence the function of modern financial markets. For details, see:

"Epidemic Disease and Financial Development", 2020, An, Hou, and Lin.

In the following paper, my colleagues and I show how wars negatively influence our modern economy through military directors:

An, J, Duan, T, Hou, W & Liu, X, 2020. The legacy of wars around the world: Evidence from military directorsJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, pp.101-172. 

And in this study, we provide an illustration of how technology can disrupt our society in an unprecedented way:

An, J & Rau, R, 2019. Finance, technology and disruptionThe European Journal of Finance, pp.1-12.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the University's Critical Issues in Accounting and Finance module.

I also teach company executives on various financial topics, including the broader application of blockchain and financial technology, financial development/inclusion in developing countries, and the political risks of doing business abroad.

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