Prof Jon Williams

Head of School / Professor of Banking and Finance, Acting Managing Director of MDC


Professor Jonathan Williams

Head of Bangor Business School / Professor 


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 natures and examines aspects of banking and financial markets and systems from the perspective of economics. Currently, I am investigating executive compensation arrangements at banks and identifying 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 what effect diversification or merger and acquisitions activity has had on financial firm performance. My interests cover a variety of issues ranging from the socio-emotional performance of family-owned firms in Mexico, the impact of political patronage on the capital structure of firms in Malaysia, to the implications of CEO education on bank performance in the US.

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

My research helps to inform and contextualise my teaching bringing the most 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 willing to accept doctoral students from various areas of banking, and with specific interest in culture and corporate social responsibility, and their interactions with bank performance and risk-taking.

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