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Dr Ellen Pei-yi Yu

  • Overview



    Dr. Ellen Pei-yi Yu is Senior Lecturer in Finance at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her research interests focus on asset management and financial topics relevant to environmental, social responsibility and governance (ESG) research fields. Her recent publications include papers in the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Business Strategy and the Environment, International Review of Financial Analysis, Journal of Investing, Research in International Business and Finance, and the Journal of Fixed Income.


    • Ellen organised a workshop on the theme of "Environmental Finance for the Common Good", co-funded by the Money Macro and Finance Society (MMF) and Birkbeck. This was a free and hybrid workshop on 31 March and 1 April 2022 (on-campus and live stream). This event was open to the public.

      A second workshop with the same theme will be held on 13 and 14 April 2023 at the University of Pavia, Italy.


    • PhD in Finance , University of Birmingham, UK
    • MSocSc in Money, Banking and Finance , University of Birmingham, UK

    Professional activities

    • Academic activities:
    Presenter  -  37th International Symposium on Money, Banking and Finance. Banque de France, 16-17 June 2021.
    Presenter - International Finance and Banking Society 2019 Angers Conference, ESSCA School of Management-Angers, France, 27th -29th June 2019.  
    Presenter - The Academy of International Business 2019 Annual Conference, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 25th -27th June 2019.

    • Professional activities:
    External examiner for the PhD viva at various UK universities.

    Professional memberships

    • Member of the Impact and Sustainable Finance Consortium

    • Member of the Academy of International Business

    • Member of the European Finance Association

    • Member of CA19130 COST Action

    • Member of the US Western Finance Association

    • Member of HEA

  • Research


    Research interests

    • In Ellen's recent research, she concentrates on asset allocation and ESG issues in investments.

    Research Centres and Institutes

    Research clusters and groups

    • accounting and finance group
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Ellen would invite PhD applications in the area of asset management, and any financial topics relevant to the research fields of environmental, social and governance (ESG).


    Current doctoral researchers



    Teaching experience
    Graduate Lecture Courses
    • Portfolio Management
    • Bank Financial Management
    • Financial Risk Management
    Undergraduate Lecture Courses
    • International Financial Management
    • Corporate Finance

    Teaching modules

    • Principles of Investment Management (BUMN072H7)
    • International Financial Management (BUMN111S6)
  • Publications



    Book Section

    • Yu, Ellen Pei-yi and Luu, B.V. (2017) Pay dispersion, culture and bank performance. In: Ibeh, Kevin and Tolentino, Paz Estrella and Janne, Odile and Liu, Xiaming (eds.) Growth Frontiers in International Business. The Academy of International Business. Springer. pp. 257-286. ISBN 9783319488509.

    Conference Item

    • Yu, Ellen Pei-yi and Guo, Qian and Luu, B.V. (2018) ESG transparency and firm value. 45rd Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) Conference, Birmingham, 12th -15th April, 2018., 2018, Birmingham, UK
    • Yu, Ellen Pei-yi and Luu, V. Pay dispersion, culture and bank performances. 43rd Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) Conference, International Business in a Multi-speed Global Economy, London, UK


  • Business and community

    Business and community



    • Panel discussant; A City of London & Birkbeck Roundtable Event on Entrepreneurship and Green Finance on 25 July 2022 at Gresham College, London.  
    • Online Event via Zoom, “Recent Results in Green Finance” Organised by GrEnFin European Project, 2 December 2021.
    • International Conference: Environmental Justice, August 2021, Lassalle-Institute, Switzerland.
    • Panel discussant; Birkbeck Women Vs. the Climate Crisis Symposium round-up organised by the Birkbeck Students’ Union Women’s Network and the SU Environment Society on 6 May 2021.