Dr Gregory James

Job: Reader in Banking and Finance

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6202

E: gregory.james@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr Gregory James is a Reader in Banking and Finance in the School of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Leicester Castle Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University (DMU). Before joining DMU in 2016, Gregory was a Senior Lecturer in Economics in the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Leicester. 

Gregory's research interests are in the area of banking, corporate finance, financial economics, infrastructure and project finance, green finance, FinTech, and crypto-assets. He is a member of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) and an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Gregory has published articles in leading finance and economics journals, including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, International Review of Financial Analysis, International Journal of Finance and Economics, Economic Inquiry, and Economics Letters.


Gregory's current research projects focus on the UK interbank market, EU interbank networks, the pricing of project finance deals, the impact of green certification on US green bonds, the barriers to renewable energy adoption in developing countries, the project financing of renewable energy projects in high-risk investment environments, volatility spillovers across NFTs news attention and the banking sector, and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in banking for fraud detection and regulatory compliance. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies and is also an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Commerce and Finance

Gregory is the Programme Leader of the MSc Finance and Banking and MSc Finance and Investment programmes at DMU. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules in banking, finance, and investment, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Gregory is a Professional Coach. He is an Associate Member (OMAC) of the Association for Coaching. He holds a PG Cert in Professional Coaching, and coaches across the public and private sectors, focusing on performance, leadership, and career development. 

Research group affiliations

Finance and Banking Research Centre

Key research outputs

Lartey, T. , James, G. A., Danso, A. and Boateng, A. (2023), "Interbank market structure, bank conduct, and performance: evidence from the UK”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 210, pp.1-25.



Lartey, T., James, G. A., Danso, A. and Boateng, A. (2022), “Bank business models, failure risk and earnings opacity: A short- versus long-term perspective”, International Review of Financial Analysis 80.


Lartey, T., James, G. A. and Danso, A. (2021), “Interbank funding, bank risk exposure and performance in the UK: Evidence from a three-stage network DEA approach”, International Review of Financial Analysis 75. 



Ahiabor, F. S. and James, G. A. (2019), "Domestic lead arranger certification and the pricing of project finance loans”, International Journal of Finance & Economics 24, pp.150-167. 


Ahiabor, F. S., James, G. A., Kwabi. F. O. and Siems, M. M. (2018), "Shareholder protection, stock markets and cross-border mergers”, Economics Letters 171, pp.54-57. 


Shaban, M. and James, G. A. (2018), "The effects of ownership change on bank performance and risk exposure: Evidence from Indonesia”, Journal of Banking & Finance 88, pp.483-497. 


Research interests/expertise

Banking, corporate finance, financial economics, infrastructure and project finance, green finance, FinTech, crypto-assets

Areas of teaching

Banking, finance, investment


PhD in Economics 

PG Cert in Professional Coaching 

Courses taught

ACFI5045 Bank Financial Management (Module Leader)

ACFI2304 Equity and Fixed Income Valuation (Module Leader)

ACFI3309 International Financial Derivatives 

Membership of professional associations and societies

Affiliate Member, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

Member, British Accounting and Finance Association 

Associate Member (OMAC), Association for Coaching

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Professional licences and certificates

CISI Level 3 Award Introduction to Investment, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Level 2, Confucius Institute Headquarters

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Level 1, Confucius Institute Headquarters

Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England

Bloomberg Market Concepts, Bloomberg

Conference attendance

2021 International Finance and Banking Society Oxford Conference

2018 International Network of Scholars in Infrastructure and Project Finance, Workshop on Sustainable Project Finance

2017 International Finance and Banking Society Oxford Conference

2016 European Conference on Banking and the Economy 

2016 Portsmouth-Fordham Conference on Banking and Finance

2016 International Finance and Banking Society Barcelona Conference

2015 International Finance and Banking Society Oxford Conference

2014 International Finance and Banking Society Lisbon Conference  

Current research students

Mr Marindame Kombate, PhD thesis on access to finance by stand-alone solar systems companies in Ghana, First Supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

£520,526: ESRC “Law, Development and Finance in Rising Powers”, award ES/J012491/1, Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: S. Deakin, University of Cambridge), April 2013-March 2015

 £130,761: ESRC “Financial Development in Southeast Asia: Sources and Effectiveness”, award PTA-026-27-1437, Principal Investigator, September 2007-August 2009

Internally funded research project information

£2,279: Business and Law Research and Innovation Fund - "Understanding the role of public perception of climate change on renewable energy policy: A pilot study of Ghana", April-July 2021


£1,090: Business and Law EIG Seedcorn Fund and Accounting and Finance Departmental Research Fund - "Using Project Finance to Fund Sustainable Energy and Infrastructure Investment", May-July 2018