University of Essex


11 January 2013: Professor John Nankervis

Professor John Nankervis


It is with very great sadness Essex Business School announces that John Nankervis, Professor of Finance in Essex Business School, died on Christmas Day 2012 after a short illness. He was 62 years old.

John was awarded his BA in Economics and Mathematics and MA in Economics from the University of Auckland moving to an appointment at the University of Manchester, then to City of London Polytechnic – where he became Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics. He was also a visiting Professor at the University of Iowa and a visiting Senior Lecturer at the Universities of Auckland and Sydney.

Following a period as Senior Lecturer in the Economics Department at the University of Surrey John joined the University of Essex in 2003 as Professor of Finance in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Management (later Essex Business School).

John was an outstanding researcher who has published in all of the top journals in econometrics and in leading international economics and finance journals. As Research Director from 2006-2012 John was a key figure in developing and maintaining a strong research culture in Essex Business School. He was responsible for the RAE 2008 submission for the School and it is to his credit that EBS was ranked second in the Accounting and Finance unit of assessment.

John’s contribution to the growth and development of Essex Business School over the past five years has been enormous. He will be sorely missed for his humanity, his fair play, his outstanding research, and his overall contribution to the School and the University.

John leaves behind his partner, Paul, and a brother, Mark.

A memorial fund has been set up and is now live.

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