Professor Karen Benson


School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 68009


Professor Karen Benson is a Professor of Finance, Director of Accreditation and Acting Deputy Head of School at UQ Business School, The University of Queensland. Karen is an elected member of Academic Board and an elected representative on Academic Board Standing Committee. Karen's research focuses on Funds Management with particular reference to factors that drive performance and fund flows. Other topics of interest include socially responsible investment funds, social impact bonds and the use of derivatives by corporations and fund managers. Her research has been well received by both practitioners and academics. Karen's work is published in internationally refereed journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, and Journal of Business Ethics. Karen's teaching focus is in Financial Management and International Finance. She is the Deputy Editor of Australian Journal of Management and President of Asian Finance Association.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University
  • Master of Commerce, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), James Cook University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2016) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2016) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Mendez-Rodriguez, Paz, Galguera, Laura, Bravo, Mila, Benson, Karen, Faff, Robert and Perez-Gladish, Blanca (2015). Profiling ethical investors. In Enrique Ballestero, Blanca Pérez-Gladish and Ana Garcia-Bernabeu (Ed.), Socially responsible investment (pp. 23-52) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-11836-9_2

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision