Dr Helen Zhang

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  • Qualifications:PhD in Accounting and Finance
  • Position:Senior lectuer in Accounting and Finance
  • Department:Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Telephone:+4411732 84269

About me

I am senior lecture in Accounting and Finance, Programme leader for A&F top-up prorgamme and Business management with accounting and finance prorgamme. I hold a PhD in Accounting and Finance from University of Exeter Business School. My primary interests include Foreign direct investment, tax incentives on foreign  investment. I am also actively involved in research on small business growth dynamics; and government policies on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. I have published extensively in leading academic journals. Prior to joining University of West of Englans, I was Lecturer in accounting and finance at Xi'an Jiaotong & Liverpool University.



ZHANG, N. (2014). Foreign Direct Investment and Financial Markets in Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from China. Journal of Social and business studies.


Cowling, M., Liu, W., Ledger, A., & Zhang, N. (2015). What really happens to small and medium-sized enterprises in a global economic recession? UK evidence on sales and job dynamics. International Small Business Journal, 33(5), 488-513.


Cowling, M., Liu, W., Minniti, M., & Zhang, N. (2016). UK credit and discouragement during the GFC. Small Business Economics, 47(4), 1049-1074.


Cowling, M., Liu, W., & Zhang, N. (2016). The World Is Your Oyster: The Effects of Knowledge, Human Capital, Technology and Entry Timing on International Growth. International Review of Entrepreneurship, 14(2).


Cowling, M., Liu, W., & Zhang, N. (2016). Access to Bank Finance for UK SMEs in the Wake of the Recent Financial Crisis. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 22(6), 903-932.


Cowling, M., Liu, W., & Zhang, N. (2018). Did firm age, experience, and access to finance count? SME performance after the global financial crisis. Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 28(1), 77-100.


Conference proceedings:


ZHANG, N. (2016). 'The effects of Dual tax system on FDI inflows: An Empirical Analysis in China from period1992-2008. BAFA Scottish Area Group Annual Conference, Bath, United Kingdom.


ZHANG, N. (2016). Spill over effects of foreign direct investment on domestic entrepreneurial activity. MBA academy International Business Conference London, London, United Kingdom.


ZHANG, N. (2014). The Effect of Enterprises' Growth Orientation and Access to Finance on Small Firm Performance in a Global Economic Recession. SIBR 2014 Kuala Lumpur Conference on Interdisciplinary Business &Economics Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


ZHANG, N. (2014). The Determinants of Geographical Location of FDI. the 12th EBES Conference – Singapore.


Area of expertise

Tax incentives and Foreign direct investment in Chinese market, government policies on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance



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