Meet our academics

Our programmes are based on the most up-to-date research and are taught by experienced practitioners and academics working at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Prof Lisa Anderson

Professor Lisa Anderson: Associate Dean of School (Postgraduate)

Lisa works with the Directors of Study of the MSc programmes to ensure that we deliver an excellent student experience on our programmes. This is aimed at the development of a range of up-to-date skills, knowledge, and an orientation to critical thinking that our students will need as they move into the workplace. Lisa has a PhD in Management Learning and has designed, developed and taught on a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level. She is involved in a number of research and consultancy activities that are linked to learning and education in the workplace and in business schools.

John Zhang

Dr John Zhang: Director of Studies, MSc Accounting and Finance

John is a Senior Lecturer in the Accounting and Finance group. He completed his PhD from Australian National University and his areas of research are in financial accounting and auditing. He also conducts research on financial markets and banking. He has multiple publications in internationally leading accounting and finance journals including: Accounting Forum, Auditing Journal, Financial Markets Institutions and Instruments, European Accounting Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money.

Niraj Kumar

Dr Niraj Kumar: Director of Studies, MSc Business Analytics and Big Data

Niraj is a Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management. He has a PhD from University of Bath School of Management and an MPhil in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from University of Hong Kong. He has published extensively (over 80 papers) in the field of Operations and supply chain management in reputed international journals and conferences.

Helen Xia

Dr Helen Xia: Director of Studies, MSc Entrepreneurship

Dr Tianjiao(Helen) Xia is a Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Helen’s main research interest are in innovation, competition in an international context, nonmarket innovation strategies, enterprise development and growth, and regional innovation policies. Helen has consulted on aspects of innovation policy for the local governments in China. Her work has been featured in Journal of International Business Studies, British Journal of Management, Journal of Small Business Management, R&D Management and Technovation.

Yiquan Gu

Dr Yiquan Gu: Director of Studies, MSc Economics

Dr Yiquan Gu is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. He was educated at Tongji University as well as Universities of Freiburg and Dortmund. Yiquan's main field of research is Industrial Economics with a particular focus on market information. He currently researches on the role of information intermediaries, the consequences of market transparency, and strategic obfuscation of firms in both regular and financial markets.

Gianluigi Giorgioni

Dr Gianluigi Giorgioni: Director of Studies, MSc Finance

Dr Giorgioni's main research interest is on the impact finance (broadly defined) has upon economic growth and development. He published an edited book on “Development Finance: Issues and Challenges” in September 2017. Other research interests are outward Foreign Direct Investment from emerging markets, in particular China, monetary unions in developing countries with special reference to the CFA Franc Zone, determinants and impact of accounting and financial disclosure in the context of emerging markets, and FDI in the context of rural areas.

Lilian Otaye, Director of Studies MSC HRM

Dr Lilian Otaye: Director of Studies, MSc Human Resource Management

Dr Lilian Otaye completed her PhD in management at Aston University. Her research interests are in the areas of Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM), employee relations, diversity (ethnic/race and gender) management, International HRM and employee wellbeing. She has published academic papers in CABS 4* journals, FT 50 listed journals, authored and co-authored book chapters and published practitioner whitepapers. She is also regularly invited to present at national and international conferences. Lilian is currently an editorial board member of the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, the International Journal of Human Resource Management and the African Journal of Management. She is a member of the British Academy of Management, Academy of Management, and the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) as well as an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy and an Academic Member of CIPD.

Ming Lily Li

Dr Ming Li (Lily): Director of Studies, MSc International Business

Ming Li (Lily) is a senior lecturer in International Human Resource Management. Her research is in the areas of cross-cultural management, international HRM, global leadership, Chinese management, and application of research methods. She is a co-editor of Advances in Global Leadership and serves on the editorial review board of Academy of Management Learning & Education and Journal of Management. She has taught undergraduate, master, MBA and executive education programs in countries such as the UK, Ireland, China, France, Singapore, Hongkong, Japan and Sri Lanka. When she was a senior consultant in China, she supported multinational companies to select and develop their international managers.

Dr Patricia Murtagh: Director of Studies, Master in Management

Patricia is a Lecturer in Management, with extensive experience in industry, and 20 years of teaching experience in the areas of strategy, research methodology and management. She has a PhD in knowledge management in high technology industries grounded in the knowledge based view of the firm. Patricia also has experience teaching Masters level students in Hong Kong, China and Eastern Europe. Her focus is on providing participants with high level employability skills in analysis, problem solving and astute decision making; nurturing capabilities to cope with ambiguity and uncertainty in rapidly changing organizational environments through engagement with live case studies, problem based learning, action based learning and business simulations.

Treasa Kearney

Dr Treasa Kearney: Director of Studies, MSc Marketing

Treasa Kearney is a lecturer in marketing. Her research interests lie in the area of services marketing, value co-creation and Higher Education. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and since 2006 has taught across many marketing modules, ranging from Marketing Research to Contemporary Retail Environment. She completed her PhD at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2013 which examined the influence of Servicescapes on customer and employee behaviours. She is a reviewer for several journals and conferences and has presented her research at prestigious international conferences, for example, Frontiers, SERVSIG and AMA. Treasa has published in the Journal of Services Marketing and The Irish Journal of Management.

Dongping Song

Prof Dongping Song: Director of Studies, MSc Operations & Supply Chain Management

Dongping Song is a Professor of Supply Chain Management. His research interests include Maritime transport and logistics; Container shipping; Port management; Supply chain management; Production planning and inventory control; Offshore wind logistics; Risk and disruption management. He has extensive experience in applying mathematical modelling techniques and simulation-based tools to solve manufacturing and transport logistics problems. His work has been published in many international journals including Transportation Research Part B/D/E, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and International Journal of Production Research.

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Fotis Misopoulos: Director of Studies, MSc Project Management

Fotios is a Lecturer in Project Management at the University of Liverpool Management School and the Director of Studies for the Online MSc in Project Management programme. He earned his degrees from Indiana University and Ball State University, USA. Fotios is having more than twenty years of experience working in consultancy projects while in USA and Greece. He has a vast teaching experience at undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive education as well as e-learning approaches. His research interests focus on Sustainable Project Management, and Pedagogy.

Dr Joanne Lyubovnikova: Director of Studies, Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc

Joanne is a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and a Registered Occupational Psychologist. Prior to joining the ULMS, she held a lectureship and research fellowship at Aston Business School. Her current research focuses on five interrelated areas; team composition and processes; team leadership; team innovation and creativity; multiple team membership; and teamwork in the context of healthcare. Joanne’s research has been published in leading peer-reviewed outlets including Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and Journal of Business Ethics.

Sue Minten

Dr Sue Minten: Director of Studies, MSc Sports Business and Management

Sue is a senior lecturer in sport business management, teaching modules relating to leadership and professional development. Her PhD, from the University of Sheffield, examined graduate employability in the sport industry focusing on transition into the workplace. She also has an MSc in Leadership Practice and Responsibility from Lancaster University and an MBA.‌