Alper Kara


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Topics on securitization (pricing, performance, impact on bank behaviour), financial exclusion (various countries including households and SMEs), bank governance and syndicated lending.

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Alper joined Huddersfield Business School as a Professor of Finance in November 2017. Previously, he was a lecturer and a senior lecturer at the Loughborough University and Director of MSc Programmes at the Hull University Business School. During his PhD he worked in various capacities at the Universities of Leicester, Bangor and Robert Gordon. 

Prior to his academic career, Alper has worked in the banking industry for five years as a trader in international bond and foreign exchange markets. He also served in the Turkish Army (compulsory service) for eight months.

Alper's research agenda is multidisciplinary and, broadly, related to the stability of the financial system and well-being of its participants. It covers topics in securitization pricing and performance, financial exclusion and access to finance, bank governance and syndicated loan markets.  His work on asset-backed securitization (ABS) examines how and whether ABS distorts responsible bank behaviour. Furthermore, he investigates the impact of different parties (such as the trustees, issuers and investors) on pricing and performance of ABS. Alper is also interested in how governance structures of banks could reduce bank risk taking behaviour and improve risk management. Alper’s work on financial exclusion focuses on the inequalities that ethnic minority households may be facing in accessing credit markets in the UK. He also studies the syndicated loans markets looking at corporate finance and bank lending aspects. 

Alper has published in world leading journals and co-authored three books. His work has featured in globally important policy making institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. Alper' is awarded research grants from British Academy and Nuffield Foundation for his work.

Alper has acted as a research consultant to the European Central Bank on various occasions and as an Expert Advisor to Europe Economics Consultancy on their European Commission Project on EU loan syndication markets.

Alper is an experience teacher and since 2004 he taught a spectrum of banking, finance and economics modules both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level (MSc, MBA and Executive Education) – including overseas programmes in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bahrain and Kazakhstan. He acts(acted) as an external examiner for Finance and Banking related programmes/modules in a number of business schools

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  • Securitization, banking, financial exclusion, governance


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