Chandra Thapa

Professor, Prof

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

ESG corporate risks

Personal profile

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • PhD, Cranfield School of Management
  • MRes, Cranfield School of Management
  • MBA (International Banking and Finance, with Distinction), Birmingham Business School



Personal Statement

After completing PhD from Cranfield School of Management, my first academic position was with University of Stirling where I spent two years as Lecture in Finance. I joined Strathclyde Business School in July 2012 and currently work as Professor of Finance. My research interest covers environmental, social and governance corporate finance risks. I have published (or accepted for publication) in internationally recognised journals such as British Journal of Management, Journal of Corporate Finance (JCF)Journal of Banking and Finance (JBF), Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (JIFMIM), Journal of Financial Stability, International Review of Financial Analysis, European Journal of Finance, Pacific Basin Finance Journal and Journal of Multinational Financial Management (JMFM). I have also acted as referee for different journals - JCFJBF, JBFA, JIFMIM, European Journal of Finance, European Financial Management, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Economic Modelling, JMFM, and Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance.


I have successfully supervised six PhD candidates and currently act as the  supervisor of 10 PhD candidates.  I also hold the role of  Director - Post Graduate Research for the Accounting and Finance  Department and Director - Finance PhD Admission.



Teaching Interests

Interests and Experience (2009 – 2022, undergraduate and postgraduate, including executive MBA):

  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • International Financial Management      
  • Treasury Management and International Finance
  • Derivatives and Treasury Management
  • International Financial Economics
  • Corporate Finance 


Institutions (countries) Taught:

  • University of Strathclyde, UK
  • YMCA and Strathclyde EMBA, Singapore
  • CDC Management Development Centre and Strathclyde EMBA, Malaysia
  • Institution of Banking and Finance and Strathclyde EMBA, Oman
  • University of Stirling, UK
  • Skema Business School, France
  • EM Strasbourg Business School, France
  • Cranfield University, UK


Teaching Excellence Award, Short Listing and Nominations:


1. University of Strathclyde 2022 Teaching Excellence Award – Best in Faculty.

One of the nominees stated:

Chandra helped students to work better and is a challenging, helpful, motivating, passionate and supportive teacher who makes a 3-hour lecture fun.


2. Stirling University 2011 RATE (Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence) Award.

One of the nominees stated:

“When Chandra teaches, he excites the class and shows enthusiasm in what he is teaching. Something I have never experienced with other lectures. His overall knowledge of finance is vast, and he always offers himself for any kind of support to the students and makes himself available. As well as these reasons, he is friendly and chats to students before and after lectures, asking how they like the course and how they are finding the workload. Lecture slides and examples are always detailed but concise.”


Short listed

2016 Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) – University of Strathclyde: Best in Faculty - Business



RATE 2011 (Stirling University): Most Inspiring Tutor

RATE 2012 (Stirling University): Excellence in Teaching in the School of Management

RATE 2012 (Stirling University):  Most Inspiring Tutor

TEA   2015 (University of Strathclyde: Most Enthusiastic Teacher

TEA 2016 (University of Strathclyde): Most Enthusiastic Teacher

TEA 2017 (Universit of Strathclyde): Most Supporting Teacher



External Examiner:

  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Abertay University
  • Universit of Sunderland



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Determinants of foreign portfolio investments, University of Cranfield

Sept 2007Aug 2010

External positions


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  • Honorable Mention-Student Paper

    Aldhawyan, Sulaiman (Recipient), Paudyal, Krishna (Recipient), Keshava Rao, Sandeep (Recipient) & Thapa, Chandra (Recipient), 28 Feb 2020

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