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Professor Aydin Ozkan
Head of Department of Accounting and Finance
Aydin Ozkan is a professor of finance at Kent Business School, University of Kent. He is the Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance.
Aydin joined KBS in 2022. Prior to joining the University of Kent, Aydin worked as lecturer/senior lecturer at Brunel, Durham, and York (1996 to 2007); and as professor at Hull, Bradford, and Huddersfield (2007 to 2022). He held a visiting professor position at EGADE in Mexico (2016 to 2019).
Aydin’s area of specialism is corporate finance with a background in economics. He obtained his BSc in Economics from METU in Turkey and his MSc in Project Analysis, Finance and Investment from the University of York. He earned his PhD in (Financial) Economics from the University of York.
Aydin regularly gives invited lectures at UK and international universities and has served as external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He has examined PhD theses at UK and international universities. He has also served on various organising, doctoral and scientific committees of international conferences. He has refereed for dozens of leading academic journals and grant agencies in the fields of economics and finance.
He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Aydin’s principal research interests lie in the field of empirical corporate finance, covering a wide range of topics in finance and financial economics, including corporate investment, capital structure and dividend policy as well as cash holdings policies; corporate governance and ownership structure, managerial compensation, agency conflicts within corporations; economics of insolvency procedures and corporate bankruptcies; corporate social responsibility; and climate risk.
The focus of his research has been on investigating the decision-making mechanisms within corporations with a specific emphasis on the conflicting interests among different stakeholders and the mechanisms that can alleviate the costs associated with the conflicts.
Aydin has taught numerous courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the UK and overseas.
His main interests are in corporate finance, corporate governance, financial economics, financial management, financial markets, valuation, and investment.