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Emeritus Professor of Finance, The University of Melbourne

Kevin Davis is Emeritus Professor of Finance at University of Melbourne (having retired at end 2020)

Prior to his appointment at the University of Melbourne in 1987, he was a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Adelaide.

His primary research interests are in the areas of financial institutions and markets, financial regulation, financial engineering and corporate finance.

He is co-author/editor of sixteen books in the areas of finance, banking, monetary economics and macroeconomics and numerous journal articles and chapters in books. He is a member of the Australian Competition Tribunal

He has undertaken an extensive range of consulting assignments for financial institutions, business and government. Most recently (2014) he was a panel member of the Financial System (Murray) Inquiry.

Kevin was the inaugural Director of the Melbourne (subsequently Australian) Centre for Financial Studies from July 2005-December 2008. Until 2019 he was Research Director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies and Professor at Monash University.

He is on the Board of Super Consumers Australia


  • 2009–present
    Research Director, Australian Centre for Financial Studies
  • 1991–present
    Board member, Melbourne University Credit Union
  • 2006–present
    Board member, SIRCA
  • 1987–present
    Professor of Finance, University of Melbourne
  • 2007–present
    Co-Chair, Australia-New Zealand Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee
  • 2005–2009
    Director, Melbourne Centre for Financial Studies


  • 1972 
    Australian National University , Master of Economics
  • 1970 
    Flinders University of South Australia , B.Ec. (Hons I)

Research Areas

  • Banking, Finance And Investment (1502)
  • Financial Institutions (Incl. Banking) (150203)
  • Investment And Risk Management (150205)
  • Finance (150201)
  • Banking, Finance And Investment Not Elsewhere Classified (150299)
  • International Economics And International Finance (140210)