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Dr Silvia Gaia

Lecturer
EBS - Accounting
Dr Silvia Gaia
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    +44 (0) 1206 873111

  • Location

    EBS.3.82, Colchester Campus

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    You can find details of Academic Support hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911

Profile

Biography

Silvia Gaia joined Essex Business School in January 2015 after working for three years as Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Cagliari (Italy). She graduated with a PhD from the University of Rome TRE (Italy). She was a visiting scholar at University of Birmingham (Birmingham, UK), HEC Montréal (Montréal, Canada) and Columbia Business School (New York, USA). Silvias research work mainly relates to Corporate Governance, financial and social-environmental reporting. She has publications in academic journals such as Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, British Accounting Review, Journal of Business Ethics and International Business Review.

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Roma TRE)

  • MA (University of Cagliari)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Corporate Governance

Executive remuneration

Shareholders activism

Voluntary disclosure

Financial reporting

Social performance and Business Ethics

Social and environmental reporting

Conferences and presentations

Biodiversity reporting in the public sector. An analysis of English local councils (with M. Jones), at EAA Annual Congress 2017 (Valencia, May 2017)

Institutional investors' voting policy. Evidence from European listed companies (with F. Cuomo), Brown Bag Seminar, Columbia Business School (New York, March 2017)

Institutional investors' stewardship and voting policy. Evidence from European listed companies (with F. Cuomo), Best paper nominee at ICGS conference (Boston, October 2016)

Does social activism merely curb corporate social irresponsibilities? (with C. Francouer, Y. Huang) at ICGS conference (Boston, October 2016)

UK local councils reporting of biodiversity values: a stakeholder perspective (with M. Jones), at APIRA conference, (Melbourne, July 2016)

Biodiversity reporting in the public sector. An analysis of English local councils (with M. Jones), at British accounting and Finance Association Conference (Bath, March 2016)

Minority shareholder activism on board election and the risk of wealth expropriation: evidence from Italy, at the Inaugural ICGS conference (Copenhagen, September 2015)

Biodiversity reporting in the public sector. An analysis of UK local councils (with M. Jones) at IX Critical Management Studies Conference 2015 (Leicester, July 2015)

Biodiversity reporting in the public sector. An analysis of UK local councils, at IXX Financial reporting and Business communication Conference (Bristol, July 2015).

Green or Greed? An Alternative Look at CEO Compensation and Corporate Environmental Commitment (with C. Francoeur, A. Melis and S. Aresu) at EAA Annual Congress 2014 (Tallinn, May 2014)

Impression management and retrospective sense-making in banks graphical reporting during the global financial crisis (with M. Jones, A. Melis and S. Aresu), at EAA Annual Congress 2014 (Tallinn, May 2014)

Corporate social performance and CEO compensation. An international study (with C. Francoeur, A. Melis, S. Aresu), at 3rd JMG conference (Montreal, October 2013)

Minority shareholder activism and the risk of wealth expropriation: evidence from board election, at 3rd JMG conference (Montreal, October 2013)

Corporate social performance and CEO compensation. An international study (with C. Francoeur, A. Melis, S. Aresu), at 3rd JMG conference (Montreal, October 2013)

The use of graphs in annual reports. Evidence from European listed banks, at AIDEA 2013 Conference (Lecce, September 2013).

The use of stock market performance graphs during the global financial crisis. Evidence from the European listed banks annual reports, at XVII Financial reporting and Business communication Conference (Bristol, July 2013).

The influence of Country-Level and Firm-Level Variables on Independent Directors Remuneration. Evidence from Italy and the UK, at EAA Annual Congress 2013 (Paris, May 2013).

Directors remuneration: comparison of Italian and UK non-financial listed firms disclosure, at SIDREA 2012 (Modena, Novermber 2012).

Directors remuneration: comparison of Italian and UK non-financial listed firms disclosure, at EAA Annual Congress 2012 (Ljubiana, May 2012).

The disclosure of director remuneration: a comparative analysis between Italian and UK non financial listed firms, at XV Financial reporting and Business communication Conference (Bristol, July 2011).

Independent Directors Remuneration: A Comparison of the UK and Italy, at 9th International Conference on Corporate Governance Coping with Financial Crisis (Birmingham, June 2011).

La remunerazione degli amministratori. I risultati empirici di una ricerca esplorativa, at Convegno Gruppo di Studio e Attenzione AIDEA on La Corporate Governance nellesperienza nazionale e internazionale. Aspetti comparativi e profili evolutivi (Roma, October 2010)

The design of share-based remuneration. Evidence from Italy, at EURAM 2010 conference Back to the future (Roma, May 2010).

The design of share-based remuneration. Evidence from Italy, University of Birmingham departmental seminars (Birmingham, December 2009).

The design of share-based remuneration. Evidence from Italy at 6th Workshop on Corporate Governance (Bruxelles, November 2009).

Executive remuneration in blockholder-dominated firms. How do Italian firms use stock options? At EURISBS09 (Cagliari, June 2009).

Executive remuneration in blockholder-dominated firms. How do Italian firms use stock options?, at University of Cagliari departmental seminars (Cagliari, November 2008).

Le stock option come strumento di remunerazione per gli amministratori nelle imprese non finanziarie quotate, at AIDEA 2008, Corporate Governance: Governo, Controllo e Struttura finanziaria (Napoli, October 2008).

Executive remuneration in blockholder-dominated firms. How do Italian firms use stock options? At 6th International Conference on Corporate Governance: The Evolution of Corporate Governance (Birmingham, June 2008).

Executive remuneration in blockholder-dominated firms. How do Italian firms use stock options? at the International Conference on Shareholder rights, shareholder voting and Corporate performance (Cagliari, March 2008).

Teaching and supervision

  • Introduction to Accounting (BE100)

  • Current Issues in Financial Reporting (BE130)

  • Accounting Project (BE936)

Publications

Journal articles (8)

Jones, MJ., Melis, A., Gaia, S. and Aresu, S., (2018). Does graphical reporting improve risk disclosure? Evidence from European banks. Journal of Applied Accounting Research. 19 (1), 161-180

Francoeur, C., Melis, A., Gaia, S. and Aresu, S., (2017). Green or Greed? An Alternative Look at CEO Compensation and Corporate Environmental Commitment. Journal of Business Ethics. 140 (3), 439-453

Gaia, S. and Jones, MJ., (2017). UK local councils reporting of biodiversity values: a stakeholder perspective. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. 30 (7), 1614-1638

Jones, MJ., Melis, A., Gaia, S. and Aresu, S., (2017). Impression management and retrospective sense-making in corporate annual reports: banks? graphical reporting during the global financial crisis. International Journal of Business Communication

Melis, A., Gaia, S. and Carta, S., (2015). Directors' remuneration: A comparison of Italian and UK non-financial listed firms' disclosure. The British Accounting Review. 47 (1), 66-84

Mallin, C., Melis, A. and Gaia, S., (2015). The remuneration of independent directors in the UK and Italy: An empirical analysis based on agency theory. International Business Review. 24 (2), 175-186

Gaia, S., (2013). La remunerazione dell’amministratore delegato durante la crisi finanziaria: un’analisi empirica. 2013/2 (2), 111-128

Melis, A., Carta, S. and Gaia, S., (2012). Executive remuneration in blockholder-dominated firms. How do Italian firms use stock options?. Journal of Management & Governance. 16 (3), 511-541

Book chapters (1)

Melis, A. and Gaia, S., (2011). Corporate governance in Italy: Normative developments vs. actual practices. In: Handbook on International Corporate Governance: Country Analyses, Second Edition. 59- 92. 9781849801232

Grants and funding

2016

Shareholder voting as a tool to reduce the principal-principal agency problem

British Academy

Contact

sgaia@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873111

Location:

EBS.3.82, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

You can find details of Academic Support hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911