Dr Liyan Tang

Principal Lecturer (Deputy Head of School)

Email: liyan.tang@coventry.ac.uk 

Liyan serves as the Principal Lecturer and Portfolio Lead for Accounting, Finance, and Economics at Coventry University London, where she is also the Deputy Head of School for the School of Markets and the Economy. With two decades of experience in academia, Liyan has held roles at Kent Business School, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London Consultants and Nottingham University Business School. Specialising in financial and management accounting modules, she has taught and supervised students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Liyan has served as a member of the Quality in Learning and Teaching committee and led a cross-departmental project for extended professional practice. Liyan is keen on incorporating up-to-date research into her teaching.

Her own work has focused on areas including pension investment decisions and impact of risk management on equity. She is currently researching performance management and ESG topics.


  • PhD in Pension Accounting (2009), Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London
  • MFin in International Finance and Financial Institutions (2002), University of Glasgow
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) (2012), University of Kent

Professional and Industry Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of European Accounting Association
  • Reviewer of European Management Review

Research and Consultancy

Liyan's current research interests are in performance management and ESG. She is also keen on investigating the effective integration of technology in teaching. Liyan has been involved in research projects funded by organisations such as ACCA and IAAER-KPMG, producing deliverables presented at an ICAEW workshop in London and in an ACCA report. She also participated in a Leverhulme Trust-funded project. With a track record in PhD supervision and peer reviewing for international journals, Liyan has disseminated her research at various conferences, including those hosted by the European Accounting Association, the European Academy of Management, and the UK Shareholders' Association.

Publications and Scholarship Activities

  • Chau, V. S., Zhang, R., & Tang, L. (2022). Insights on measuring China’s new national culture from leaders of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Journal of General Management.
  • Chau, V. S. & Tang, L. (2019). 'Exploring the Link between Strategy Implementation and Human Relations in a Multinational Chinese Commercial Bank', EURAM Conference in Lisbon (Portugal).
  • Klumpes, P.J.M., McKee, M., Atun, R. and Tang, L. (2015) ‘Financial Sustainability, Accounting and Society’,Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Working Papers
  • Tang, L. and Klumpes, P.J.M. (2015) ‘Measuring PAYG Pension Liabilities of Listed Chinese SOEs to Incorporate Future Cash Flows’, Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Working Papers
  • Klumpes, P.J.M., Wang, P., Tang, L. and Abhyankar, A. (2011) ‘The Impact of Hedge Accounting Rules on Enterprise Risk Management Adoption Practices by Multinationals’ Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Working Papers
  • Abhyankar, A., Klumpes, P.J.M., Tang, L. and Wang, P. (2010) ‘Derivatives Reporting Practices by Multinationals’, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Research Report No.117
  • Klumpes, P.J.M., Tang, L. and Wang, P. (2010) ‘Alternative measurement bases in pension accounting: A simulation analyses, Insurance Markets and Companies: Analyses and Actuarial Computations, Vol. 1. (1), pp. 27-37
  • Klumpes, P.J.M. and Tang, L. (2009) ‘Shortcomings of Government Financial Management: A Generational Accounting Critique’, International Journal on Government Financial Management, Vol. IX.(2), pp. 58-72
  • Klumpes, P.J.M. and Tang, L. (2008) ‘The Cost Incidence of the UK's NHS System’, The Geneva Papers on Risk & Insurance -Issues & Practice, Vol.33. (4), pp. 744-767
  • Klumpes, P.J.M. and Tang, L. (2008) ‘Pension Underfunding: A Generational Accounting Perspective’, In: Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Berman, E.M., Rabin, J. (Eds.), Taylor & Francis, New York
  • Klumpes, P.J.M., McCrae, M. and Tang, L. (2006) ‘Pension Underfunding in the Public Sector: A Generational Accounting Perspective’, In: Accounting Reform in the Public Sector: Mimicry, Fad or Necessity, Lande, E., Scheid, J.C. (Eds.), Experts Comptables Media, Paris


Teaching Areas

  • Managerial Finance
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