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Lei Zhang

Assistant Professor

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Lei is an Assistant Professor in Accounting at the IBSS, XJTLU. He joined the faculty at IBSS in 2022 after completing his Ph.D. in Accounting at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada. Prior to joining XJTLU, Lei held faculty positions at Shandong University, China, and Auburn University at Montgomery, USA.Although Lei’s research interests span empirical accounting and economics, his primary research emphasis is in financial accounting, where he uses empirical archival methodology to examine the impact of climate change on firms’ financial reporting behaviors. His research has been published in leading journals such as Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Journal of Business Ethics (FT 50), Management International Review (ABS 3), Journal of Travel Research (ABS 4, ABDC-A*), Empirical Economics, Energy Economics (ABS 3, ABDC-A*), among others.

Research interests

Cash holdings


Corporate investment

Climate change

Analyst forecast

Financial reporting quality


Assistant Professor in Accounting, International Business School Suzhou, XJTLU

Assistant Professor in Economics, Shandong University

Awards and honours

Researcher of the Year 2022-2023, Department of Accounting, IBSS

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Schulich School of Business, York University

PhD, Auburn University

BE, Ocean University of China

Person Types

  • Staff


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