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Professor Julian Williams

Head of Department of Finance, Professor in Accounting and Finance

Head of Department of Finance, Professor in Accounting and Finance in the Business School+44 (0) 191 33 45301
Management Board Member in the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience+44 (0) 191 33 45301


Education: BSc (Bath), MSc (Cardiff) and PhD (Bath)

Hello, I am Julian (he/his), I have been Chair in Accounting and Finance and professor of Finance at Durham University’s Business School since the start of 2014. I have been part of the Department of Finance since its creation in 2022.

My work is at the nexus between financial modelling (valuation and asset/capital allocation) and operational modelling of organizations. I am very interested in both empirical and theoretical models (usually game theory or dynamic programming) of decision making under uncertainty. I generally teach in areas relating to financial decision making and operational risk as well as econometrics and applied statistics.

I have been the scientific director of the European Commission project SECONOMICS, worked on the Technology Strategy Board funded project Cloud Stewardship Economics, lead on Durham’s participation in the SESAR SJU, principal investigator on two industry Fintech projects on international currency risk and derivatives pricing and co-investigator on several other projects including the Living Deltas GCRF hub and Agency funded by UKRI.

You can find a list of the UKRI funded projects I have worked on here:

You can have a look at my awarded patents on distributed markets here:

Research interests

  • Market Microstructure
  • Liquidity
  • Trading Behaviour and Algorithmic Trading
  • Information security and operational security for financial firms and governments


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