Dr Paul Cox

Dr Paul Cox

The Department of Accounting
Senior Lecturer in Finance

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Paul is Senior Lecturer of Finance at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham.  Paul is motivated by research that creates tangible improvements in policy and practice-based impact.


PhD Finance (Exeter)
PDip Business Finance (Brunel)
BA (Hons) Economics (Liverpool)


Prior to becoming Senior Lecturer of Finance at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham Paul was an equity fund manager at Kleinwort Benson Investment Management and RCM Global Investors from 1993-2000.  Paul currently serves as an Investment adviser at The National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) and on the Financial Reporting Council’s Audit and Assurance Council.  Since 2007 he has provided pension and investment expertise to the Department for Work and Pensions, the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Ministry of Justice. 
In recent years Paul has been supporting work for better European pensions.  Paul serves as an academic member on the Occupational Pension Fund Stakeholder Group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pension Fund Authority (EIOPA), a pan-European regulator of EU Member State pension supervisors.  Composed of representatives from pension funds across the EU, relevant professional associations and top-ranking academic pension experts from all over Europe, the OPSG helps facilitate EIOPA’s supervision of workplace pension funds and recommendations to improve retirement outcomes of EU citizens.  In 2017 Paul was engaged by the European Commission to help an accession country become one of the next European Union member states. 
Paul worked as an expert in the area of pensions to draft amendments to existing national legislation on voluntary pension funds, capital market laws, and cross-border pension activity in order to harmonise the country’s legislation with EU law. This also included introducing new methods and methodologies to support the national supervisor carry out its work. Paul has a PhD in finance.


Advanced Finance

Financial Markets Regulation

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome applications based on strong research proposals from prospective doctoral researchers in areas that follow my research interests.


Research interests

 Pensions, investment management, investment risk, financial regulation, corporate governance

Other activities

  • Academic Investment Adviser, the National Employment Savings Trust.
  • Non-executive member, Financial Reporting Council’s Audit and Assurance Committee.
  • Occupational Pension Fund Stakeholder Group member, the  European Insurance and Occupational Pension Fund Authority (EIOPA).
  • Trustee, educational board, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
  • Chief Examiner for Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
  • External examiner, University of Bath.  


Paul Cox and Diandra Soobiah (2017), An empirical investigation into the corporate culture of UK listed banks, Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, forthcoming.

 Paul Cox and Diandra Soobiah (2017), Evidence on post financial crisis corporate culture in UK listed banks, Journal of Banking Regulation, Online first.

 Paul Cox, John Pollock, and Richard Cropper (2016), The discount Rate, Ministry of Justice research paper.

 Paul Cox and London Economics (2014), Metrics and models used to assess company and investment performance, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills research paper 190, 27 October 2014. 

 Paul Cox (2015) ‘Helping consumers and providers manage defined contribution (DC) wealth in retirement’. Private report for Sanlam and wealth Management Association.

 Cox, P, 2011. Risk sharing in defined contribution pension schemes, Journal of Risk, Editorial, Special Issue, spring.

 Cox, P, & Schneider, M, 2010. Is US socially responsible investing global or local in perspective? A study of US pension plan investment in the UK. Business & Society, 49(2) pp252 - 289. Also Best Paper Award, 2006 Academy of Management conference.