Staff profile

Dr Daphne Athanasouli

Senior Lecturer in Economics, Business

Senior Lecturer in Economics Daphne Athanasouli


Economics and Finance


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School

Research centre

Centre for Business Improvement




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Economics, Business.

Teaching responsibilities

  • 4EC506 Market Failure Analysis
  • 4EC502 Contemporary Business
  • 5EC507: Public and Third Sector Economics
  • 4EC501: Markets, Prices and Strategy

Research interests

My research interests focus on both empirical and theoretical issues: Applied Econometrics, Business Economics, Corruption, Finance, Political Economy, and the links between the state and the market, as well as policy evaluation. My research interests are closely linked to the overall teaching and research activities undertaken at Derby Business School. My research is interdisciplinary and lies on the boundaries of economics, policy evaluation, political economy and public management, with a specific interest in applied research. I aim to focus my research on innovative topics that have not been researched in the literature. My Ph.D. research focuses on corruption, firm performance and management practices as well as the effect of public policies, such as e-government in alleviating corruption. 

My other research projects involve an initiative to develop an e-transparency index that can lead to more accurate measures of corruption and evaluation of anti-corruption initiatives to minimize corruption, improve accountability and increase citizen inclusiveness. Apart from producing research outputs, my goal for the index is to have impact in policy-making initiatives to promote transparency, and also serve as an index that can offer information useful to businesses and investors to assess the socio-economic and political climate. 

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • PhD in Economics
  • MA in Comparative Business Economics.

Recent conferences

  • First Conference of UCL Centre for Comparative Studies of Emerging Economies (CCSEE), Micro-Macro Determinants of Growth in Emerging Economies, June 2016
  • 2nd Brunel Studies in Economics and Finance Conference, Brunel University London, June 2016
  • Mar 14,15 UCL School of Slavonic and SSEES, Economics and Business Seminar Series
  • June 13 Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC
  • June 13 Tilburg Law and Economics Center, TILEC- Workshop on Economic Governance and Organizations
  • May 11, 12, 13 International Conference for International Business, ICIB, Thessaloniki
  • Apr 13 Annual Royal Economic Society Conference, London  
  • Jan 13 Royal Economic Society PhD Meeting, London
  • Dec 12 Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society, New Delhi India
  • Dec 12 6th Workshop on Political Economy, CESifo-TU Dresden 
  • May 12 Brunel QASS Conference on Macro and Financial Economics, London

Recent publications

  • "Corruption in Ukraine in Comparative Perspective" (2016), in Beyond the Euromaidan; Comparative Perspectives for Advancing Reform in Ukraine (eds. Henry Hale and Robert Orttung), Stanford University Press  
  • Athanasouli, D., & Goujard, A. (2015). Corruption and management practices Firm level evidence. Journal of Comparative Economics., Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 1014-1034
  • Athanasouli, D., & Nikoloski Z., (2014). Moldova Gender Disparities in Endowments and Access to Economic Opportunities, with Zlatko Nikoloski, The World Bank, Report 76077
  • Athanasouli, D., Goujard A. and P. Sklias (2012). Corruption and firm performance: Evidence from Greek firms. International Journal of Economic Sciences and Applied Research, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 43-67
  • "Corruption and Foreign Direct Investment, in Development – Leadership – Society” (ed.), Sideris Publications, Athens, 2011.