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Associate Professor, Finance, The University of Western Australia

Lee Smales is an associate professor with the Discipline of Accounting & Finance at University of Western Australia (UWA). Prior to joining UWA Lee was at Curtin Graduate School of Business, Curtin University School of Economics & Finance, and University of New South Wales where he also completed his PhD.

Prior to embarking on his academic career, Lee spent 8 years working for a major U.S. investment bank trading foreign-exchange and interest rate derivatives. Lee’s research interests are closely aligned with this prior career and focus on financial markets, and in particular the market response to news-events and the impact of prevailing sentiment and microstructure on this reaction.

Lee has published in leading journals including the Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Empirical Finance, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Accounting & Finance, International Review of Finance, Applied Economics, The Economic Record, and the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money.

Lee has won awards for research (CBS New Researcher of the Year, 2013) and teaching (CBS New Teacher of the Year, 2014) and is also a CFA Charterholder.


  • 2013–present
    Senior Lecturer, Curtin University
  • 2011–2013
    Associate Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • 2000–2007
    Vice President, Citigroup


  • 2013 
    University of New South Wales, PhD
  • 2009 
    Australian Graduate School of Management, MBA
  • 2000 
    University of Southampton, MSc
  • 1998 
    University of Warwick, BSc (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • CFA Institute
  • Economic Society of Australia

Research Areas

  • Banking, Finance And Investment (1502)
  • Applied Economics (1402)