Staff profile

Dr Weiwei Yang

Senior Lecturer

Weiwei Yang


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 and Finance. I teach a number of modules across different programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am also supervising for both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, as well as PhD and professional doctorate students.

As an applied financial economist, I am passionate about teaching. I teach both theories and practical skills to my students. I make use of Bloomberg in most of my modules, and support our students to participate in the University Trading Challenge, helping them to scoop several prizes over the past years.

I am also the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance and BSc (Hons) Finance, and I work closely with professional bodies for accreditations, as well as take the External Examiner role in another UK higher education institution.

Teaching responsibilities

Research interests

My research interests lie in banking and financial institutions, corporate finance and governance, corporate social responsibility, credit risk assessment, monetary policy, macro finance, market competition, and efficiency and productive analysis.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

'Corporate Governance and Socially Responsible Lending: Evidence from Chinese Commercial Banks' in British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference of the Northern Area Group, 2018, Derby, UK

'Ownership, lending behaviour and corporate social responsibility in the Chinese banking market' 2015, annual conference FMA , Orlando, US

'Evaluating the performance of Chinese commercial banks: a comparison of different types of banks' (2012), ISBJ, ,Shenzhen, China

'Capital structure effects on the banking industry' (2011), IFABS, Rome, Italy

'Comparison of competition and market power in Chinese banking' (2009), Chinese Economic Association (Europe), Dublin, Ireland

International experience

Recent publications

Annually, I supervise a number of undergraduate and master student dissertations. The students that I supervise are from various programmes within our economics and finance discipline. The specific topics are varied to include corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, digital banking, trade finance, foreign exchange, tourism economy, merge and acquisition etc.

I am currently supervising two PhD students, one with topic relates to firm performance and corporate social responsibility and another examines the impact of household debt on the stock market.

I am also supervising one professional doctorate (DBA) student, who is examining the impact of state shareholding on firm performance in the UAE.

Apergis, N. and Yang W., (2020) ‘Capital structure and business cycle’

Cao, Y., Peng K., Sun, J., and Yang, W. (2020) ‘The existence of multiple large shareholders and tax avoidance’

Apergis, E., Apergis, N. and Yang, W. (2019) ‘Auto loan crisis and employment’

Dong Y., Hou, W., Ding, R. and Yang, W. (2018) ‘Corporate Governance and Socially Responsible Lending: Evidence from Chinese Commercial Banks’

Lynch, N., and Yang W. (2016) ‘Economics impact of the Buxton music festival’.

Yang, W. (2011) ‘Capital structure effects on the banking industry'

Yang, W. (2009) 'Comparison of competition and market power in Chinese banking'

I have been awarded funding twice from the University as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS), which offers valuable work as well as research experience for our second year students to work with us on a specified research project. This opportunity helps our students widen their subject knowledge, as well as develop their analytical and research skills, and other transferrable skills that in turn will help enhance their employability.