Personal profile

Research Interests

Banking; Corporate Finance; European Business; Financial Development; International Economics; Macroeconomic Modelling


I hold a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from London South Bank University (formally Polytechnic). I am presently Principal Lecturer within the Business School at Coventry University, having previously held research positions at South Bank Polytechnic, Imperial College, University of Warwick, and as a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Leicester. At Coventry University, I have taught various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the economics, business and finance disciplines and been instrumental in the development of postgraduate degrees in Finance and Banking. I have previously researched in the area of macroeconomic modelling and policy analysis and international economics, but my main research interests are now primarily in banking and finance. I also actively supervise PhD students, and most of my former PhD students now hold academic positions in the UK or overseas.

Since 2005, I have been a visiting Research Fellow at Financial Engineering Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete, Greece. I have served as a referee and editorial board member of several academic journals. I am also a Scientific Committee member of the Financial and Engineering Banking Society.


My research deals with the application of quantitative techniques in economics and financial management, with specialisation more recently in banking and M and As. In this context, working in collaboration with academic colleagues and PhD students, I have sought to evaluate firm and banking institutions performance in response to environmental changes associated with financial liberalisation, crises and deregulation. This research is empirical and inter-disciplinary, making use of economic, financial and accounting data, and seeks to inform the academic/policy debate about the role of financial regulation, consumer protection and macroeconomic policy in affecting performance, with implications for shareholder wealth, efficiency and stability.

Area of Expertise:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Banking Performance
  • Finance and Economic Growth
  • FDI and Productivity of Firms
  • Financial Regulations and Stability

External positions

External Examiner, Middlesex University

1 Nov 201631 Oct 2020

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Research Output 1997 2018

The relative importance of trade verses FDI-led economic growth in Thailand

Tanna, S., Topaiboul, K. & Li, C. 1 Jan 2018 Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) and Opportunities for Developing Economies in the World Market. Malepati, V. & Gowri, C. M. (eds.). Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global, p. 105-122 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Economic growth
Human capital
Technology transfer

The role of foreign direct investment in less developed countries

Li, C. & Tanna, S. 1 Jan 2018 Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) and Opportunities for Developing Economies in the World Market. Malepati, V. & Gowri, C. M. (eds.). Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global, p. 46-65

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Foreign direct investment
Absorptive capacity
1 Citations

Accounting analyses of momentum and contrarian strategies in emerging markets

Nnadi, M. & Tanna, S. 30 Jan 2017 In : Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting & Economics. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

South Africa
Stock market

Are serial acquirers good targets for acquisition? An accounting perspective

Nnadi, M. & Tanna, S. 4 Jan 2017 In : International Journal of Bonds and Derivatives. 2, 4, p. 344-364 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Agency theory

FDI spillover effects in China’s manufacturing sector: New evidence from forward and backward linkages

Li, C. & Tanna, S. 5 May 2017 Advances in Panel Data Analysis in Applied Economic Research: 2017 International Conference on Applied Economics (ICOAE). Tsounis, N. & Vlachvei, A. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, Vol. (in press), p. (in press) Chapter 15

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Foreign direct investment
Developing countries

Activities 2000 2014

  • 20 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Editorial activity

4th International Conference of the Financial Engineering & Banking Society on Global Trends in Financial Management

Tanna, S. (Scientific Committee Member)
21 Jun 201423 Jun 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Surrey-Fordham International Conferenc

Tanna, S. (Scientific Committee Member)
2 Nov 20133 Nov 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Managerial Finance

Tanna, S. (Speaker)
1 Feb 2013

Activity: Participation in conference