Ekaterina Ipatova
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Ekaterina joined Roehampton Business School in April 2016 and currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Finance. Prior to her role at Roehampton, she served as a visiting lecturer at prestigious institutions including London Business School, Queen Mary University London, Bayes Business School, and Westminster Business School. During her time as a visiting lecturer, Ekaterina taught courses in finance, econometrics, and quantitative methods.
In 2014, Ekaterina successfully completed her PhD in econometrics at Bayes Business School, where she was under the guidance and supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Trapani. Her research focused on econometrics, and she has developed expertise in this field.
Beyond her academic pursuits, Ekaterina actively engages in volunteering activities. She has contributed her skills and knowledge to various projects with DataKind UK, an organization dedicated to utilizing big data for social good. Through these projects, she has made a positive impact on society.
Currently, Ekaterina's research revolves around financial sustainability, with a particular emphasis on methods that enhance financial literacy and influence financial behaviors. Her work aims to improve individuals' understanding of financial matters and promote responsible financial decision-making.

Research interests

Ekaterina's research focuses on financial sustainability, which aligns with the research center for Sustainability and Responsible Management at Roehampton University. Her goal is twofold: to improve personal finance and financial sustainability for young adults, and to ensure long-term sustainability in the investment process for professional investors. Her work is published in international, peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences.

The first part of Ekaterina's research examines and develops personal finance skills among young adults, with a focus on improving financial proficiency. The research mainly targets business school students, as traditional academic settings do not provide enough opportunities to train proficiency and often fail to change financial behaviors. She is currently working on a project funded by the Southlands Methodist Church grant titled: “The Instrumental Role of Financial Literacy of Young Adults in South West London in Improving Social Mobility and Community Wellbeing”.

The second part of her research focuses on using non-parametric methodology to understand the persistence of returns within investment funds. The findings suggest that a significant proportion of funds appear to be "lucky" performers, which are unlikely to experience significant outperformance in the future and can negatively impact long-term sustainability for investors, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investments, and other investment organizations. Ekaterina's non-parametric identification mechanism enables practitioners to focus on a reduced number of persistent funds for meaningful qualitative scrutiny. Her work is published in international, peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences.


International Corporate Finance (Level 7)

Economics of Money, Banking and Finance (Level 6)

Business Finance (Level 6)

Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervisions

Academic guidance tutor



Introduction to finance and accounting (Level 4)

Business data analysis (Level 4)

Capital markets (Level 6)




  • SEDA supervising postgraduate research;
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Technology Enabled);
  • Fellow at Higher Education Academy (D2);
  • PhD in Finance, Cass Business School;
  • MSc in Banking and International Finance, Bayes Business School (London)
  • BA Finance and Investment Management, Northumbria University
  • BSc Economics


Research projects

"The Instrumental Role of Financial Literacy of Young Adults in South West London in Improving Social Mobility and Community Wellbeing"


Professional affiliations

British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) member (since 2022)

Financial Analysts Journal - peer reviewer (since 2022)

The DataKind UK -Data Ambassador (2019)

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