Claudia Girardone

Claudia Girardone is Dean of Essex Business School and Professor of Banking and Finance.

Professor Girardone holds several external academic positions, including as an Academic Fellow at the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance (CRBF) of the University of St Andrews, and as a Member of the Scientific Committee of the EU-Mediterranean and African Network for Economic Studies (EMANES). Between 2015-2019 she was a Visiting Scholar in the Competition and Impact Assessment Team within the Bank of England’s Prudential Policy Directorate.

Professor Girardone’s research areas are on banks’ financial and social performance, banks’ corporate governance and stability, the industrial structure of banking and access to finance. She has published over 60 articles in books and peer-reviewed international journals, including the Journal of Corporate Finance, European Journal of Operational Research, Small Business Economics, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. She is a co-author of the textbook “Introduction to Banking” (Pearson, 2021) and she is currently on the Editorial Board of several journals including the Journal of Financial Economic Policy and The European Journal of Finance. She was also joint Guest Editor of several Special Issues including: the British Journal of Management on “Corporate Governance in Extreme Institutional Environments”; and the Journal of Corporate Finance on “Diversity and Women in Finance”.

Professor Girardone is a Trustee of the Money Macro Finance Society (MMF). She recently held a British Academy / Leverhulme small grant on socially responsible banking and the impact of the pandemic. She has been a member of the Athena Swan Panel at Essex Business School since 2017, fostering equality and diversity principles in research policies, practices and culture. She has led the organisation of several international conferences and workshops at Essex Business School, such as the annual Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) conference in Banking and Corporate Finance (yearly from 2016), and the workshop on “Financial Fragmentation and Challenges for SMEs Financing” in 2019. She is also regularly invited to give academic seminars and talks, and to be part of the scientific committees of banking and finance events.