Portrait of Dr Timothy King

Dr Timothy King

Senior Lecturer in Finance Banking and Innovation
Head of Academic Disciplinary Committee
Director or CEQUFIN


Dr Tim King is Senior Lecturer in Finance, Banking and Innovation at the University of Kent. Previously he worked at the University of Leeds. He holds a PhD from Bangor University in which he examined the efficacy of corporate governance in banks and non-banks.

Research interests

Banks, Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Fintech, Risk-taking. 

Tim’s research to-date has focused on the theme of corporate governance in banks (and non-banks) and specifically on the roles played by executive compensation and heterogeneous characteristics on bank performance. 

His paper titled: ‘What's in an education? Implications of CEO education for bank performance’ published in the Journal of Corporate Finance is in the list of top-cited papers in the journal since 2016. A paper drawn from the second chapter of his PhD, which examined causal relationships between CEO pay structure and bank risk-taking, was awarded the prize for best paper at the 6th International Accounting and Finance Doctoral Symposium in June 2013.
In 2018 he was a winner of the ‘Young Investigator Training Program’. This award offers emerging international research talent (under 42) a visiting research fellowship worth €3,000 at a leading Italian university and was awarded by ACRI– Association of Italian Banking Foundations and Savings Banks. 

He is currently interested in the following main research areas: 

  • FinTech
  • Determinants and implications of bank risk-taking
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in banks and non-banks 
  • Impact of significant events (natural disasters, terrorism, industry shocks) on managerial decision-making and firm performance.
  • Corporate governance in banking (e.g. pay, executive and board characteristics, regulatory reforms) 

Dr King also contributes actively to the wider academic community through attendance at leading international conferences, as well as a regular participant at the International Accounting and Finance Symposium

Tim also acts as a regular peer reviewer for leading international journals and publishing houses including: 

  • The Journal of Corporate Finance (Outstanding Reviewer Award 2017)
  • Corporate Governance: An International Review
  • Finance Research Letters
  • Business Research Quarterly
  • Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Oxford University Press. 

He is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance. 


Tim has extensive teaching experience in banking and finance subjects with exemplary feedback. At KBS, he is module convenor for CB8012: Financial Institutions Management and CB8013: Domestic and International Banking. Most recently, he was a 2019 University of Kent Student Union ‘Above and Beyond Award’ recognising his “exceptional teaching” on these Masters modules.
Prior to joining KBS, he taught on the Masters level Corporate Finance and Commercial Banking (as module convenor) modules at Leeds University Business School. During this time, he was nominated for a ‘University of Leeds Annual Partnership Award’ recognising excellence in teaching and feedback quality. Prior to this, he also contributed to teaching various finance and banking topics at Bangor Business School whilst reading for his PhD. 


Tim welcomes PhD applications related to his primary research areas: 

  • Corporate governance in banking (e.g. pay, executive and board characteristics, regulatory reforms)
  • FinTech
  • Determinants and implications of bank risk-taking
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in banks and non-banks 

Current Supervisees:

  • Zhiyi Xia: Stock Liquidity, Institutional Ownership and R&D Innovation

Past Supervisees:

  • Andromachi Papachristopoulou: Policy uncertainty: Implications for financial sector stability 
  • Omar Al-Bataineh: Essays on Corporate Finance and Social Capital: Dividend Policy, Capital Structure, and Corporate Risk-taking (Second Supervisor)


  • Editorial board member for the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance
  • Regulatory published in leading international industry publications/magazines, including Corporate Board Member and Energy Voice
  • Consultancy work (e.g.as an expert witness in legal cases)
  • Engagement with associations including Acri (Association of Italian Banking Foundations) and Savings Banks 
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