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Professor Francesco Vallascas

Professor in Finance

PhD in Finance, MSc in Economics and Finance, BSc in Economics and Business

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Professor in Finance in the Business School  


Before joining Durham in June 2020, Francesco was Chair in Banking in the Accounting and Finance Division at the University of Leeds since 2013. Francesco has previously worked as an Associate Professor at Leeds and as a Lecturer in Financial Intermediation at the University of Cagliari. When at the University of Leeds, Francesco was Deputy Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance and Deputy Director of the International Banking Institute (IBI). He has collaborated with academics from different countries and with policy makers from different organizations. Research projects conducted with the European Commission have led to the development of an impact case study for the 2021 REF.Francesco's research interests lie in bank regulation, governance and systemic risk of European and US banks. In particular, Francesco has examined the effectiveness of corporate governance and regulatory mechanisms in limiting risk-taking by banks. Francesco has taught a wide range of subjects at the UG and PG level, including Commercial Banking, Financial Management, International Banking and Finance, Investment Banking and Risk Management in Banking.

Mini Biography

Francesco joined Durham in June 2020. Prior to this and since 2013, Francesco was Chair in Banking in the Accounting and Finance Division at the University of Leeds.

Research interests

  • Banking stability and regulation
  • Governance
  • Systemic risk
  • Bank business models
  • Executive compensation
  • Corporate finance


Authored book

  • Hagendorff, Jens, Keasey, Kevin & Vallascas, Francesco (2013). Size, Risk, and Governance in European Banking. Oxford University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Hagendorff, Jens & Vallascas, Francesco (Published). Capital Regulation After the Financial Crisis. In Asset–Liability Management for Financial Institutions Balancing Financial Stability with Strategic Objectives. Bob Swarup Bloomsbury. 75-88.
  • Mascia, Danilo V., Keasey, Kevin & Vallascas, Francesco (2016). Did Basel II Affect Credit Growth to Corporate Borrowers During the Crisis? In Financial Crisis, Bank Behaviour and Credit Crunch. Rossi, Stefania P.S. & Malavasi, Roberto Springer. 83.
  • Hagendorff, J. & Vallascas, V. (2012). CEO Pay and Risk-taking in Banking: The Roles of Bonus Plans and Deferred Compensation in Curbing Bank Risk-taking. In Research Handbook on International Banking and Governance. Barth, J., Lin, C. & Wihlbor, C. Edward Elgar Publishing.

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