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Dr Robert Webb

BA (Hons) (LMU), PhD (Anglia Ruskin)
Associate Professor in Banking

Division: Finance, Risk and Banking
Centre/Institute: Centre for Risk, Banking and Financial Services
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8230588
Location: C14 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Rob joined the University of Nottingham in 2013 and is currently Associate Dean for Global Engagement and Recruitment. Prior to this role Rob was Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes where he worked with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the growth and quality of the Business Schools postgraduate provision.

In terms of research, Rob investigates applied economic issues which have not had the attention of the mainstream. He has written numerous chapters and a book on banking as well as publishing widely in leading international journals such as: Journal of Business Ethics; International Review of Financial Analysis; Human Relations and Environment and Planning A. More recently Rob has been examining perceptions of the value of Higher Education in the UK. In the past he has been an editor of a journal and consultant for Marsh plc, Zurich plc and the Chartered Institute of Bankers

Research Interests
Banking; Pensions; Behaviour and Risk Reporting in Financial Institutions; Mortgage Equity Withdrawal in the UK housing market; Loan Supply by Banks during the financial crisis; Risk Managament in Financial Instititions; Organisational Behaviour; Economics of Higher Education

Administrative Roles
Associate Dean for Global Engagement and Recruitment
I am module convenor of the following modules:


Bank Theory, Operations and Management (N14195)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Current Research Activities
I am currently working with Duncan Watson and Steve Cook on modelling attitudes to Higher Education in the UK, with Roman Matousek on FINTECH and with Kalsoom Jaffar and Patrick Ring on the balance sheets of leading UK banks since 1945.
I am currently supervising the following Research Students:

Andrea Pilava
Giulia Fusi
Xiaotian Wang

Publications prior to 2005

Publications prior to 2005

Journal Articles

Webb, R. (2003), "Levels of Relative Efficiency in Large UK Banks: A DEA Window Analysis", International Journal of the Economic of Business, Vol.10 (3), pp. 305-322.

Webb, R.; Beck, K.; McKinnon, R. (2003), "Problems and Limitations of Institutional Investor Participation in Corporate Governance'", Corporate Governance: An International Journal, Vol.11 (1).

Webb, R.; Watson, D.; Hinks, T. (2003), "Testing for Wage Overpayment in UK Financial Services: A Stochastic Frontier Approach", The Services Industries Journal, Vol.23 (5), pp. 123-136.

Webb, R.; Nawaz, S.; McKinnon, R. (2002), "Informal and Formal Money Transfer Networks: Financial Service or Financial Crime?", Vol.5 (4).

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Chen, Z.; Matousek, R.; Stewart, C.; Webb, R. (2019), "Do rating agencies exhibit herding behaviour? Evidence from sovereign ratings", International Review of Financial Analysis, forthcoming 2019.

Cook, S; Watson, D; Webb, R. (2018), "It's just not worth a damn! Investigating attitudes towards the financial value of attending university", Studies in Higher Education, forthcoming 2018.

Bryce C.; Chmura, T.; Webb, R.; Cheevers, C.; Siebale, J. (2017), "Internally Reporting Risk in Financial Services: An Empirical Analysis", Journal of Business Ethics, pp. 1-20.

Webb, R.; Watson, D.; Cook, S.; Arico, F. (2017), "Graduate views on access to Higher Education: is it really a case of pulling up the ladder?", Studies in Higher Education, Vol.42 (3), pp. 504-518, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1049143.

Bryce, C; Cheevers,C; Webb, R; Ring, P; Clark, G, (2016), "Should the Insurance Industry be Banking on Risk Escalation for Solvency II?", International Review of Financial Analysis, Vol.46, pp. 131-139.

Mabwe, K; Ring, P; Webb, R. (2016), "Operational risk and the three lines of defence in UK financial institutions: Is three really the magic number?", Journal of Operational Risk, Vol.12 (1), pp. 53-69.

Jaffer, K.; Mabwe, K.; Webb, R. (2014), "Changing Bank Income Structure: Evidence from Large UK Banks?", Asian Journal of Finance And Accounting, Vol.6 (2).

Ring, P.; Bryce, C.; Webb, R. (2014), "Taking notice of risk culture - the regulator's approach", Journal of Risk Research, Vol.19 (3), pp. 364-387.

Webb, R.; Ring, P.; Watson, D.; Bryce, C. (2014), "Pension Confusion, Uncertainty and Trust in Scotland: An Empirical Analysis", Journal of Social Policy, Vol.43 (3), pp. 595-613.

Bryce, C.; Cheevers, C.; Webb, R. (2013), "Operational Risk Escalation: An Empirical Analysis of UK Call Centres'", International Review of Financial Analysis, Vol.30, pp. 298-307, doi.10.1016/j.irfa.2013.05.002.

Jaffer, K.; Mabwe, K.; Webb, R. (2012), "Major British bank performance over the business cycle", International Journal of Economic Sciences, Vol.1 (2), pp. 26-50.

Bryce, C.; Webb, R.; Adam, J. (2011), "Internal loss data collection implementation: evidence from a major UK financial institution", Journal of Risk Research, Vol.14 (10), pp. 1161-1176.

Watson, D.; Parker, L.; Webb, R. (2011), "Family fortunes: gender-based differences in the impact of employment and home characteristics on satisfaction levels", Vol.40 (3), pp. 259-264, DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2011.01.009.

Mabwe, K.; Webb, R. (2010), "A financial ratio analysis of commercial bank performance in South African banking", African Review of Economics and Finance, Vol.2 (1), pp. 1-24.

Webb, R.; Bryce, C.; Watson, D. (2010), "The Effect of Building Society Demutualisation on Levels of Relative Efficiency at Large UK Commercial Banks", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol.18 (4), pp. 333-355, Paper received the 'Highly commended Award' from the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance.

Watson, D.; Webb, R. (2009), "Do Europeans view their homes as castles? Home ownership and poverty perception throughout Europe", Urban Studies, Vol.46 (11), pp. 1-20, DOI: 10.1177/0042098009106020.

Watson, D.; Webb, R. (2008), "Reservation wage levels in UK and German financial services sectors", Service Industries Journal, Vol.28 (8), pp. 1167-1182, DOI: 10.1080/02642060802187959.

Webb, R.; Watson, D.; Johnson, S. (2006), "Influence Costs and the Reporting of Skill Deficiencies", Human Relations, Vol.59 (1).

Webb, R.; Watson, D.; Johnson, S. (2006), "Employer Perceptions of Skill Deficiencies in the UK Labour Market: A Sub-Regional Analysis", Environment and Planning A, Vol.38 (9), pp. 1753-1771.

Webb, R.; Watson, D.; Birdi, A. (2005), "Coping with Low Pay: Cognitive Dissonance and Persistent Disparate Earnings Profiles", Theory and Decision, Vol.57 (4), pp. 367-378.


Webb, R. (2013), Economics Express: Financial Institutions & Markets, Pearson Education..

Chapters in Books

Webb, R. (2013), "Financial Institutions and Markets", in Griffiths, A. and Wall, S. (ed) Applied Economics, (1999 2001 2004 2007 2011) FT Prentice Hall. Harlow..

Discussion Papers

Wang, X.; Barakat, A., Webb, R. 2017, "The Determinants of Cross-Border Syndicated Loans from Chinese Banks",



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