Professor Chandra Thapa

Accounting and Finance

Personal statement

I joined Strathclyde Business School in 2012 as a Lecturer in Finance. Before joining the department I held two years of lectureship position at University of Stirling. Currently I assume the position Chair (Professor) in Finance. My area of research relates to environmental, social and governance corporate financial risks. My research outputs have featured in international journals like British Journal of Management, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money and more. My teachings are primarily focused on Corporate Finance, International Financial Management, and Derivatives & Treasury Management.

Prizes and awards

Honorable Mention-Student Paper

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  • PhD, Cranfield School of Management
  • MRes, Cranfield School of Management
  • MBA (International Banking and Finance, with Distinction), Birmingham Business School




Context-specific experience and institutional investors' performance
Neupane Suman, Thapa Chandra, Vithanage Kulunu
Journal of Banking and Finance (2023)
Mandatory corporate social responsibility and foreign institutional investor preferences
Marshall Andrew, Rao Sandeep, Roy Partha P, Thapa Chandra
Journal of Corporate Finance Vol 76 (2022)
Tax threat and the disruptive market power of foreign portfolio investors
Marshall Andrew, Farag Hisham, Neupane Biwesh, Neupane Suman, Thapa Chandra
British Journal of Management (2021)
Mimicking insider trades
Neupane Biwesh, Thapa Chandra, Marshall Andrew, Neupane Suman
Journal of Corporate Finance Vol 68 (2021)
Foreign ownership and the enforcement of corporate governance reforms
Marshall Andrew, Thapa Chandra, Bhatta Bibek, Neupane Suman
Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting (2021)
Economic policy uncertainty and cross-border mergers and acquisitions
Paudyal Krishna, Thapa Chandra, Koirala Santosh, Aldhawyan Sulaiman
Journal of Financial Stability (2021)

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Interests and Experience (2009 – 2022, undergraduate and postgraduate, including executive MBA):

  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • International Financial Management      
  • Treasury Management and International Finance
  • Derivatives and Treasury Management
  • International Financial Economics
  • Corporate Finance 


Institutions (countries) Taught:

  • University of Strathclyde, UK
  • YMCA and Strathclyde EMBA, Singapore
  • CDC Management Development Centre and Strathclyde EMBA, Malaysia
  • Institution of Banking and Finance and Strathclyde EMBA, Oman
  • University of Stirling, UK
  • Skema Business School, France
  • EM Strasbourg Business School, France
  • Cranfield University, UK


Teaching Excellence Award, Short Listing and Nominations:


1. University of Strathclyde 2022 Teaching Excellence Award – Best in Faculty.

One of the nominees stated:

Chandra helped students to work better and is a challenging, helpful, motivating, passionate and supportive teacher who makes a 3-hour lecture fun.


2. Stirling University 2011 RATE (Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence) Award.

One of the nominees stated:

“When Chandra teaches, he excites the class and shows enthusiasm in what he is teaching. Something I have never experienced with other lectures. His overall knowledge of finance is vast, and he always offers himself for any kind of support to the students and makes himself available. As well as these reasons, he is friendly and chats to students before and after lectures, asking how they like the course and how they are finding the workload. Lecture slides and examples are always detailed but concise.”


Short listed

2016 Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) – University of Strathclyde: Best in Faculty - Business



RATE 2011 (Stirling University): Most Inspiring Tutor

RATE 2012 (Stirling University): Excellence in Teaching in the School of Management

RATE 2012 (Stirling University):  Most Inspiring Tutor

TEA   2015 (University of Strathclyde: Most Enthusiastic Teacher

TEA 2016 (University of Strathclyde): Most Enthusiastic Teacher

TEA 2017 (Universit of Strathclyde): Most Supporting Teacher



External Examiner:

  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Abertay University
  • Universit of Sunderland



Professional activities

PhD Speed Dating
Invited speaker
Universite de Strasbourg
Visiting researcher
International Finance and Accounting Doctoral Symposium
External International Referees Panel Member -The Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR).
EMFA 2020 Annual Meeting
Member of programme committee
External Approval Panel Member, Northumbria University, May 2020, Programme: BSc Finance and Investment Management Programme

More professional activities


Corporate Social Responsibility
Thapa, Chandra (Principal Investigator)
SEA Application: Pratik Gupta (2021 – 2024), Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
Green Finance
Thapa, Chandra (Principal Investigator)
JARA Applicant: Hari Risal (2021 – 2024), Topic: Green Finance
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
Secured JARA PhD funding [15% of tuition fee and maintenance (£14,851)]
Thapa, Chandra (Principal Investigator)
JARA PhD funding [15% of tuition fee and maintenance (£14,851)] of an outstanding student from Kathmandu University, Nepal. Student was ranked 1st in JARA application.
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
PhD Studentship
Thapa, Chandra (Principal Investigator)
Kathmandu University £14851
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
Corporate ESG Risks
Thapa, Chandra (Principal Investigator)
REA Application: Partha Prateem Roy (2018-2021), Topic: ESG
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
PhD Studentship
Thapa, Chandra (Principal Investigator)
UK Commonwealth Scholarship Programme - £78048
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020

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