Professor Karen Benson

Director - ITALI

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
+61 7 334 60773


Karen Benson is a Professor of Finance at UQ Business School, and Deputy President of the Academic Board, The University of Queensland. She has held a number of leadership roles in the UQ Business School including Director of Accreditation 2015-2017, Acting Deputy Head of School 2016-2017 and Head of Finance Discipline 2010-2015. Karen's teaching focus is in Financial Management and International Finance with a particular interest in blended learning. She recently led the development of a series of core concept videos for commerce students. 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. 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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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 — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision