Prof Jon Williams

Professor of Banking

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Professor Jonathan Williams

Professor of Banking and Finance

Email: jon.williams@bangor.ac.uk

Office: Hen Goleg

Professor Jonathan Williams is Professor of Banking and Finance at Bangor University. Jonathan is Visiting Professor at the University of Turin, Italy, the University of Malta, and ZUFE (Zheijiang University of Finance and Economics), China. 

Jonathan's research applies empirical methods to measure the impact on bank performance outcomes of inter alia public policy, ownership structures, and board-level characteristics. Jonathan has presented his research at institutions, such as, The World Bank and central banks, and delivered keynote speeches at conferences and universities across the world. Jonathan's current interests include executive remuneration, FinTech, and M&A. He is currently participating in OPtBank, a EC Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Program to develop research training involving universities in Indonesia.

Jonathan is a former Head of Bangor Business School. He is a Trustee of Bangor University Pension Scheme, co-director of the Institute of European Finance, Editor of World Banking Abstracts, and Chair of the European Association of Teachers of Banking and Finance. 

Contact Info

Professor Jonathan Williams

Professor of Banking and Finance

Email: jon.williams@bangor.ac.uk

Office: Hen Goleg

Professor Jonathan Williams is Professor of Banking and Finance at Bangor University. Jonathan is Visiting Professor at the University of Turin, Italy, the University of Malta, and ZUFE (Zheijiang University of Finance and Economics), China. 

Jonathan's research applies empirical methods to measure the impact on bank performance outcomes of inter alia public policy, ownership structures, and board-level characteristics. Jonathan has presented his research at institutions, such as, The World Bank and central banks, and delivered keynote speeches at conferences and universities across the world. Jonathan's current interests include executive remuneration, FinTech, and M&A. He is currently participating in OPtBank, a EC Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Program to develop research training involving universities in Indonesia.

Jonathan is a former Head of Bangor Business School. He is a Trustee of Bangor University Pension Scheme, co-director of the Institute of European Finance, Editor of World Banking Abstracts, and Chair of the European Association of Teachers of Banking and Finance. 

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Professor Jonathan Williams

Professor of Banking and Finance

Email: jon.williams@bangor.ac.uk

Office: Hen Goleg

I am Professor of Banking and Finance at Bangor University and Visiting Professor at the University of Turin, Italy, the University of Malta, and ZUFE (Zheijiang University of Finance and Economics), China. I co-direct the Institute of European Finance, am Editor of World Banking Abstracts, and Chair of the European Association of Teachers of Banking and Finance.

My research is comparative in nature. It investigates vital aspects of banking and finance from an economics perspective. Currently, I am examining executive compensation and how incentives implicit in compensation contracts affect bank performance and risk-taking. Some of my previous work sought to measure the effectiveness of public policies, such as, bank privatisation in low and middle-income countries, and the effects of diversification or merger and acquisitions activity on financial firm performance. My interests are wide ranging from the socio-emotional performance of family-owned firms in Mexico, the impact of political patronage on firms' capital structure in Malaysia, the implications of CEO education on bank performance in the US, and the role of a firm's financial profile in predicting whether it will become a buyer or target in Brazil.  

I have presented my research at institutions such as The World Bank and other central banks, and delivered keynote speeches and presentations at events in the UK, Europe and Asia. I am a contributor to major banking sector studies in the EC and UK, and currently participate in a EC Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Program involving universities in Indonesia.

My research helps to inform and contextualise my teaching to bring important issues to students’ attention. I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervise doctoral students. My modules are Banks and Financial Markets, Bank Management, and International Banking. Based on student feedback, Bangor University made me an Honorary Fellow for Teaching in 2010.

I am a former Head of Bangor Business School, Director of Bangor Business School London Centre, Managing Director (acting) and Director of North West Wales Management Development Centre. 

I hold and have held a number of external examining positions at universities in the UK and internationally.

 

Research

My research interest is in empirical banking and finance. My research investigates issues of importance for public policy. Currently, I am examining executive compensation and how incentives implicit in compensation contracts affect bank performance and risk-taking. I am also involved in research centred on FinTech, M&As, regional banking and the long-term effects of bank privatisation. My interests are wide ranging and cover the socio-emotional performance of family-owned firms in Mexico, the impact of political patronage on firms' capital structure in Malaysia, the implications of CEO education on bank performance in the US, and the role of a firm's financial profile in predicting whether it will become a buyer or target in M&A deals in Brazil.  

Teaching and Supervision

Jonathan uses research-led teaching to inform and contextualise his teaching and to bring contemporary issues to students’ attention. Jonathan was made an Honorary Teaching Fellow in 2010 following his nomination by students. 

Teaching Undergraduate (current)

International Banking (ASB3201)

Banks and Financial Markets (ASB1501/2501)

Bank Management (ASB3525)

Teaching Undergraduate (previous)

Introduction to Banking and Finance

Comparative Banking

Money and Banking

Postgraduate Teaching (current)

International Banking (ASB4411)

Postgraduate Teaching (previous)

International Banking (ASB9042) - Chartered Banker MBA

Banking and Development

Current Issues in International Finance (contributor)

Frontier Analysis (Doctoral Training Programme Workshop for PhD students).

Research Student Supervision

I have supervised twelve research students to successful completion and am an experienced external examiner of PhD candidates at universities in the UK, seveal countries in Europe, and further afield. 

I am willing to accept doctoral students who are interested in banking including the following areas: 

  • Culture.
  • Executive compensation.
  • Corporate social responsibility.
  • Green banking and finance.
  • Financial inclusion.
  • Competition, efficiency and productivity.
  • Financial deregulation and policy evaluation.

 

Postgraduate Project Opportunities

I am willing to accept doctoral students who are interested in banking including the following areas: 

  • Culture.
  • Executive compensation.
  • Corporate social responsibility.
  • Green banking and finance.
  • Financial inclusion.
  • Competition, efficiency and productivity.
  • Financial deregulation and policy evaluation.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2003 - PhD , PhD Economics

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