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Dr Nader Virk

Dr Nader Virk

Senior Lecturer in Finance, Accounting and Finance

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Virk joined Swansea School of Management in August 2021 as a Senior Lecturer in Finance. Prior to the appointment, he had worked at Plymouth Business School as lecturer in Finance and as postdoctoral researcher at Hanken School of Economics, Finland.

He was awarded D.Sc. degree in Finance from Hanken School of Economics, he also holds an MSc in Computational Finance from the same university. He completed his master’s in public administration and undergrad studies in Mathematics and Physics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and Forman Christian College, Lahore in Pakistan, respectively. 

He has published his research in leading journals in Finance including Journal of International Money and Finance, European Financial Management, International Review of Financial Analysis, Economics letters, International Journal of Economics and Finance to name a few.

He has provided written evidence for the Treasury committee of the UK Parliament regrading what will be the shape of global recovery post COVID-19 pandemic, please see find the published version here.

He has also leadership experience in developing and leading courses.

His work with European Commission for evaluating and monitoring highly innovative business solutions talks about his expertise to provide consultancy for young businesses to engage with public and private funding opportunities that are crucial for their organic growth and innovation leadership.

Dr Virk has supervised 2 doctoral students to completion and examined 5 students in the UK and Pakistan.

He has been regularly presenting his research work nationally and internationally: these forums include FMA International Annual Meetings, European Financial Management Meetings, Multinational Finance Society Meetings.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Asset pricing: factor models and anomalies
  • Volatility modelling
  • Religious governance in Islamic finance
  • Peer-to-peer business lending in DeFi
  • high frequency data analytics and financial market stability

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Dr Nader is fellow of Higher Education Academy since 2017.

He has been teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In his teaching he has covered topics related to capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, market efficiency, equity valuation, factor models and asset pricing anomalies. 

More broadly, these topics have been taught in modules of kind. Investment analysis, Asset management, Corporate Finance and Financial Management.


Selected Publications

  • The regional and global impact of systemic risk emanating from troubled European banking sectors 2021 Finance Research Letters
  • Bitcoin and integration patterns in the forex market - 2021 Finance Research Letters
  • Butt, H.A., and Virk, N.S., 2020. Momentum crashes and variations to market liquidity (in International Journal of Finance and Economics - ABS 3*)
  • Gabbori, D., Awartani, B., Almaghaireh, A. and Virk, N, 2020. OPEC meetings, oil market volatility and herding behaviour in the Saudi Arabia stock market (in International Journal of Finance and Economics)
  • Korkeamaki, T, Virk, N, Wang, H., and Wang, P. 2019. Learning Chinese? The changing investment behaviour of foreign institutions in the Chinese stock market, International review of Financial Analysis, 64, 190-203
  • Nawaz, T and Virk, N.S. 2019. Religious entrenchment and agency costs, Economics letters, 179, 83-86
  • Butt, H.A. and Virk, N.S., 2019. Market downturns, zero investment strategies and systematic liquidity risk, Finance Research Letters, 28, 246-253
  • Javed, F. and Virk, N.S., 2017. European equity market integration and joint relationship of conditional volatility and correlations, Journal of International Money, and Finance, 71, 53-77
  • Butt, H.A., and Virk, N.S., 2015. Liquidity and asset prices: An empirical investigation from the Nordic stock markets, European Financial Management. 21, 672-705

Work in progress

  • COVID-19: where does the financial market stability lie? Lessons learned from global financial crisis of 2008-09
  • A reality check on GARCH MIDAS models – does real activity beat realised volatility-based forecasts?
  • Inflating asset prices: sovereign indebtedness vs corporate indebtedness
  • The impact of CEO political connectedness on corporate governance mechanisms in Islamic finance
  • Religious network and control embeddedness: a deep seated control problem in defining and implementing Shariah law
Award Highlights

During his academic career to date, he has generated over £150,000 in external grant income. This includes projects that he undertook in his doctoral and postdoctoral research. He received grants from NASDAQ Nordic Foundation, Sweden; Funding bodies in Finland namely Nissi Foundation, Wallenburg Foundation, Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation and the GCRF internal funding at University of Plymouth, UK.