Dr. Jia Zhai

Salford Business School

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Contact Details

Maxwell Building Room 312

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Current positions

Lecturer in Finance and Economics


I am a Lecturer in Finance. Prior to joining the University of Salford in January 2016, I was Lecturer in Finance with Ulster Business School, Ulster University, UK, and University of Liverpool Xi’an Jiantong, China. I have also held visiting positions in the Management School, University of Henan, China and University of Dongbei Finance and Economics, China. 

My research is mainly in the areas of FinTech, asset pricing, derivatives, and applied financial econometrics. I have published a number of articles in leading international journals, including the Journal of Expert System with Applications, Decision Support System, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, and the European Journal of Finance. 

I have taught a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These include financial markets, derivative securities, risk management, financial intermediaries, and quantitative methods. I have also supervised a number of PhD students in the broad areas of corporate social responsibility, financial manipulation, and credit risk modelling.

Areas of research

Asset pricing, Risk management, Corporate finance, Financial technology, Advanced financial statistics


  • Undergraduate: Financial Instruments and Markets, Financial Risk Management
  • Postgraduate: Financial Engineering, Risk Management, Derivative Securities, Quantitative Methods

I am very interested in supervising PhD students in the following subjects:

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Green financial market
  • FinTech
  • Risk Management and control in financial markets
  • Trading strategies in financial markets

Research Interests

FinTech, trading strategies, asset pricing, derivatives, applied financial econometrics, corporate finance with quantitative method;

Qualifications and Memberships


  • HEA Associate Membership