Professor David Hillier

Associate Principal & Executive Dean

Strathclyde Business School

Personal statement

Professor Hillier is responsible for managing resources to provide teaching, learning, research and knowledge transfer activities in the Strathclyde Business School (SBS).
David Hillier is Executive Dean and Professor of Finance at the University of Strathclyde Business School. He is the author of the largest franchise of Finance textbooks outside of the US and has visiting appointments at universities in Italy and Thailand. 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 60,000 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 education clients include 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 is currently the Lead Academic in a £150,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership with BIP Solutions.

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

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.

Expertise & capabilities

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.



Has expertise in:

    He is co-author of "Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy: European Edition", "Corporate Finance: European Edition", and "Fundamentals of Corporate Finance: European Edition".

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


The impact of personal attributes on corporate insider trading 
Hillier David, Korczak Adriana, Korczak Piotr
Journal of Corporate Finance Vol 30, pp. 150-167, (2015)

Do audit committees reduce the agency costs of ownership structure? 
Cai Charlie X., Hillier David, Tian Gaoliang, Wu Qinghua
Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, (2015)

Pension plan solvency and extreme market movements : a regime switching approach 
Abouraschi Niloufar, Clacher Iain, Freeman Mark, Hillier David, Kemp Malcolm, Zhang Qi
European Journal of Finance, (2015)

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance 
Hillier David, Clacher Iain, Ross Stephen, Westerfield Randolph, Jordan Bradford (2014)

The role of institutional investors in public-to-private transactions 
Bajo Emanuele, Barbi Massimiliano, Bigelli MarcoHillier David
Journal of Banking and Finance Vol 37, pp. 4327-4336, (2013)

Interest rate risk estimation : a new duration-based approach 
Bajo Emanuele, Barbi Massimiliano, Hillier David
Applied Economics Vol 45, pp. 2697-2704, (2013)

More publications

Professional activities

Third Research Workshop in Finance
Invited speaker
VI International Accounting Research Symposium
Journal of Economics and Business
Review of Behavioral Finance
Third Research Workshop in Finance
Keynote/plenary speaker
V International Accounting Research Symposium

More professional activities


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.
Period 01-Jan-2013 - 31-Dec-2015
New Professor Start Up Funding
Hillier, David (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2011

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