Professor David Hillier

Associate Principal & Executive Dean

Strathclyde Business School

Personal statement

Professor Hillier is Associate Principal and Executive Dean of the University of Strathclyde Business School. He is responsible for managing resources to provide teaching, learning, research and knowledge transfer activities in the Strathclyde Business School (SBS).

A Professor of Finance, David is the author of the largest franchise of Finance textbooks outside of the US and is a visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano. David is recognised as being in the top 3% of the most prolific finance researchers in the world over the past fifty years (Heck and Cooley, 2009) and appears regularly in the media as a business commentator. His YouTube channel of Finance lectures (professordavidhillier) has attracted more than 250,000 views worldwide.

David gained his PhD at the University of Strathclyde in 2000 and was appointed to full professor in 2002 at the age of 32. Between 2005 and 2010, David held the Ziff Centenary Chair in Financial Markets at the University of Leeds where he was Head of Accounting & Finance. He has acted as a World Bank consultant and provided consultancy advice to the NHS and several international stock exchanges. His executive clients include the Wise Group, Weir Group, Babcock, Wm Grant & Sons, Iberdrola, and David Brown Gears. He has taught in many international environments including China, Greece, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Oman, and Romania. 

David’s research has been funded by a number of international organisations including the Italian and Spanish governments, the Thai Stock Exchange, Thai Securities and Exchange Commission, Thai Government Pension Fund, Australian Research Council, The Actuarial Profession, Rotman International Centre for Pension Management, and the Central Bank of Tanzania. Since 2000, his research has attracted more than £650,000 in funding.

David sits on the CBI Scotland regional council and the MCR Pathways National Advisory Council.  He is also a trustee of Mainstay Trust.  David has won a number of industry and academic awards, including the Institute of Directors Scotland Public Sector Director of the Year.

David is currently an editor of the Journal of Economics & Business and sits on the editorial board of many international journals.


Has expertise in:

    Professor Hillier teaches across the full suite of finance topics.  His prior consultancy work relates to asset valuation, corporate risk management, corporate governance advice, equity and bond valuation, regulatory compliance, short term capital management, treasury management, and investing. He has worked as an independent assessor for a number of private and public organisations.


Prizes and awards

Best Paper Prize 2010, International Business Research Conference (Melbourne), “Institutional Shareholder Activism and Limited Investor Protection”, with Pornanong Budsaratragoon and Suntharee Lhaopadchan.
Ranked within the top 3% of finance academics in the world for finance research publications by J. L. Heck and P. L. Cooley (2009) in ‘Most Prolific Authors in the Finance Literature: 1959-2008’.

More prizes and awards


How did the Sarbanes–Oxley Act affect managerial incentives? Evidence from corporate acquisitions
Hillier David, McColgan Patrick, Tsekeris Athanasios
Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting Vol 58, pp. 1395-1450 (2021)
Where should I publish to get promoted? A finance journal ranking based on business school promotions
Bajo Emanuele, Barbi Massimiliano, Hillier David
Journal of Banking and Finance Vol 114 (2020)
Value creation around merger waves : the role of managerial compensation
Hillier David, McColgan Patrick, Tsekeris Athanasios
Journal of Business Finance & Accounting Vol 47, pp. 132-162 (2020)
Responsible science : Celebrating the 50-year legacy of Ball and Brown (1968) using a registration-based framework
Aman Hiroyuki, Beekes Wendy, Berkman Henk, Bohmann Marc, Bradbury Michael, Chapple Larelle, Chang Millicent, Clout Victoria, Faff Robert, Han Jianlei, Hillier David, Hodgson Allan, Howieson Bryan, Jona Jonathan, Linnenluecke Martina, Loncan Tiago, McCredie Bronwyn, Michayluk David, Mroczkowski Nick, Pan Zheyao (Terry), Patel Vinay, Podolski Edward, Soderstrom Naomi, Smith Tom, Tanewski George, Walsh Kathleen, Wee Marvin, Wright Sue
Pacific Basin Finance Journal Vol 56, pp. 129-150 (2019)
Political uncertainty and stock returns : evidence from the Brazilian political crisis
Hillier David, Loncan Tiago
Pacific-Basin Finance Journal Vol 54, pp. 1-12 (2019)
Stock market integration, cost of equity capital and corporate investment : evidence from Brazil
Hillier David, Loncan Tiago
European Financial Management Vol 25, pp. 181-206 (2019)

More publications

Research interests

Professor Hillier publishes in the area of Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance.  His PhD research is related to Corporate Insider Trading and this is an area in which he is still very active.

Potential PhD supervision areas are Corporate Insider Trading and any area of Corporate Governance.  Professor Hillier has access to a large number of databases in this area that are made available to his PhD students.

Professional activities

Presentation at the 2019 Financial Management Association Annual Meeting
Third Research Workshop in Finance
Invited speaker
VI International Accounting Research Symposium
Review of Behavioral Finance (Journal)
Journal of Economics and Business (Journal)
Third Research Workshop in Finance
Keynote/plenary speaker

More professional activities


KTP - BIP Solutions
Andriosopoulos, Dimitris (Principal Investigator) Hillier, David (Co-investigator) Paudyal, Krishna (Co-investigator) Tang, Leilei (Co-investigator)
25-Jan-2016 - 24-Jan-2018
The economic cost of insider trading - culture, legislation, governance, gender and crisis
Hillier, David (Academic)
Australian Research Council, A$404,485, for research into the economic cost of insider trading - culture, legislation, governance, gender and crisis. Co-applicants: Allan Hodgson, Robert W Faff, Tom Smith, Sirimon Treepongkaruna, Suntharee Lhaopadchan, 2013-2015.
01-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2015
New Professor Start Up Funding
Hillier, David (Principal Investigator)

More projects


Strathclyde Business School
Cathedral Wing

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