Professor Karen Benson

Director - ITALI

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
+61 7 334 60773


Karen Benson is the Director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at The University of Queensland. She has held a number of leadership roles at UQ, including Deputy Head of School 2016-2017, Director of Accreditation 2015-2017, and Head of Finance Discipline 2010-2015 in the UQ Business School. Karen was also Deputy President of UQ Academic Board 2018-2019.

Karen's research interests include socially responsible investment, social impact bonds, and student engagement in active learning. 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.


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


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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. Socially responsible investment. (pp. 23-52) edited by Enrique Ballestero, Blanca Pérez-Gladish and Ana Garcia-Bernabeu. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-11836-9_2

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