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Dr. Sailesh Tanna

Principal Lecturer

School of Economics Finance and Accounting
Faculty of Business and Law




I hold a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from London South Bank University (formally Polytechnic). I am presently Principal Lecturer within Coventry Business School at Coventry University, having previously held research positions at South Bank Polytechnic, Imperial College, University of Warwick, and as a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Leicester. At Coventry University, I have taught various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the economics, business and finance disciplines and I have been instrumental in the development of postgraduate degrees in Finance and Banking.

I have previously researched in the area of macroeconomic modelling and policy analysis and international economics, but my main research interests are now primarily in banking and finance. I also actively supervise PhD students, and most of my former PhD students now hold academic positions in the UK or overseas.

Since 2005, I have been a visiting Research Fellow at Financial Engineering Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete, Greece. I have served as a referee and editorial board member of several academic journals. I am also a Scientific Committee member of the Financial and Engineering Banking Society.


  • PhD Economics, Polytechnic of the South Bank, London.
  • MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, LSE, 1982.
  • BSc (Econ), Statistics, LSE, 1980.

Research interests

My research deals with the application of quantitative techniques in economics and financial management, with specialisation more recently in banking and M&As. In this context, working in collaboration with academic colleagues and PhD students, I have sought to evaluate firm and banking institutions performance in response to environmental changes associated with financial liberalisation, crises and deregulation.  This research is empirical and inter-disciplinary, making use of economic, financial and accounting data, and seeks to inform the academic/policy debate about the role of financial regulation, consumer protection and macroeconomic policy in affecting performance, with implications for shareholder wealth, efficiency and stability. 

Research projects

  • Banking Sector M&As, Regulations and Efficiency: Awarded £3000 from Coventry University Applied Research Fellowship Scheme (2006-08) for research collaboration with the Financial Engineering Laboratory of the Technical University of Crete, where I am a Research Fellow. 
  • Banking Sector Consolidation and Performance: Awarded £6000 from Coventry University Research Sabbatical Fellowship Scheme (2012) for joint research with Dr. Matthias Nnadi, Cranfield School of Management.

Recent outputs and publications



Teaching modules

  • Emerging Markets Finance 
  • European Business (MBA)
  • Quantitative Methods

Areas of expertise

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Banking Performance
  • Finance and Economic Growth
  • FDI and Productivity of Firms
  • Financial Regulations and Stability
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University of the year shortlisted
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