Professor Karen Benson
Karen Benson
Professor of Finance | Director, Accreditation
  • PhD, Finance (Monash University)
  • MCom, Commerce (James Cook University)
  • BCom (Hons), Commerce (James Cook University )
+61 7 336 51323
Room 430, J.D. Story Building, St. Lucia Campus

    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.

    Research interests

    Funds management
    The relationship between performance and fund flows of mutual funds; Fund flows and persistence in SRI funds; Superannuation funds


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    • Associate Member – CPA Australia
    • Member – Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ)

    Major research grants

    Title Agency Year Amount
    Access to CSMAR (China Stock Market and Accounting Research) and Bloomberg International Research Databases UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure 2017 $86,360
    TEL Grant, Benson, K., Oliver, B., Birt, J. and Gray, S. Concept Videos for BCom Students, University of Qld 2016-2017 $198,925
    2015-2017 ARC Grant - Smith, T., Benson, K., Haq, M., O’Neill, T., Shi, J., Walsh, K., Tian, G. Wang, Y., The Importance of Being Connected: How do Political Connections Improve the Value of a Firm? ARC 2015-2017 $210,100
    'Surviving financial crises: A study of the Australian Government securities market' (with Professor Tom Smith, Professor Terence J. O'Neill, Professor Juliana Ng and Dr Barry R. Oliver, Dr Shumi Akhtar). ARC Discovery 2011-2013 $430,000
    'Promoting women fellowships' University of Queensland 2008 $13,400
    'Socially responsible investment funds: The impact of screening on fund performance' (with Humphrey, J., and Lee, D.). AFAANZ Research 2008 $7,186
    'Superannuation funds: Ensuring the financial health of Australians in retirement' (with Gray, P., Oliver, B., Hutchinson, M., and K. Alpert). ARC Discovery 2007-2009 $349,000
    'Socially responsible investment funds: An investigation of performance persistence and fund flows' (with P. Gray). AFAANZ Research Grant 2006 $6,000
    'Assessment of tournament behaviour of Australian Equity Funds' UQ New Staff Research Grant 2003 $11,939
    Development of an interactive multimedia CD Rom for the use in first year accounting UQ Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching 1995 $57,000
    Development of an interactive multimedia CD Rom for the use in first year accounting James Cook University Teaching Grant 1994 $12,000
    Assessment of Australian Equity Trusts Merit Research Grant 1991 $3,000