Rob recently joined the University of Stirling as Professor of Banking & Applied Economics, Associate Dean Global Engagement & Recruitment and Director of MSc Programmes within Stirling Management School. Previous to joining Stirling he was Faculty Director for Global Engagement at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham, Associate Dean Global Engagement & Recruitment at Nottingham University Business School and Deputy Director for the Centre for Global Banking & Financial Innovation. Professor Webb has extensive knowledge of the global education sector, specialising in student recruitment, Agent relations and developing MoAs with world class universities, presenting research and guest lecturing.
Rob’s research investigates applied economic issues which have not had the attention of the mainstream. He has written numerous book chapters and a textbook on banking and finance as well as publishing widely in top peer-reviewed international journals such as: Studies in Higher Education; Journal of Social Policy; Urban Studies; Journal of Business Ethics; International Review of Financial Analysis; Human Relations and Environment and Planning A. In the past he has been an editor of a journal and consultant for Marsh plc, Zurich plc; the Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment. Rob teaches modules at postgraduate level in bank theory and financial risk.
Current research interests span banking, finance and economics and include: perceptions of value in higher education; behaviour and risk reporting in financial institutions; mortgage equity withdrawal in the UK housing market; modelling bank performance through the economic cycle using BioLayout.
Cook S, Watson D & Webb R (2019) 'It's just not worth a damn!' Investigating perceptions of the value in attending university. Studies in Higher Education, 44 (7), pp. 1256-1267. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2018.1434616
Chen Z, Matousek R, Stewart C & Webb R (2019) Do rating agencies exhibit herding behaviour? Evidence from sovereign ratings. International Review of Financial Analysis, 64, pp. 57-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.irfa.2019.04.011
Bryce C, Chmura T, Webb R, Stiebale J & Cheevers C (2019) Internally Reporting Risk in Financial Services: An Empirical Analysis. Journal of Business Ethics, 156 (2), pp. 493-512. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-017-3530-6
Webb R, Watson D & Cook s (2018) 'War is ninety percent information': A call to arms on enhancing information literacy. In: HEA Annual Conference 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 03.07.2018-05.07.2018.
Webb R, Watson D, Cook S & Arico F (2017) Graduate views on access to higher education: is it really a case of pulling up the ladder?. Studies in Higher Education, 42 (3), pp. 504-518. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1052738
Mabwe K, Ring PJ & Webb R (2017) Operational risk and the three lines of defence in UK financial institutions: is three really the magic number?. The Journal of Operational Risk, 12 (1), pp. 53-69. https://doi.org/10.21314/JOP.2017.187
Bryce C, Webb R, Cheevers C, Ring P & Clark G (2016) Should the insurance industry be banking on risk escalation for solvency II?. International Review of Financial Analysis, 46, pp. 131-139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.irfa.2016.04.014
Webb R, Watson D, Ring P & Bryce C (2014) Pension confusion, uncertainty and trust in Scotland: An empirical analysis. Journal of Social Policy, 43 (3), pp. 595-613. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279414000051
Bryce C, Cheevers C & Webb R (2013) Operational risk escalation: An empirical analysis of UK call centres. International Review of Financial Analysis, 30, pp. 298-307. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.irfa.2013.05.002
Bryce C, Webb R & Adams J (2011) Internal Loss Data Collection Implementation: Evidence from a Major UK Financial Institution. Journal of Risk Research, 14 (10), pp. 1161-1176. https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2011.591501
Parker L, Watson D & Webb R (2011) Family Fortunes: Gender-based Differences in the Impact of Employment and Home Characteristics on Satisfaction Levels. Journal of Socio-Economics, 40 (3), pp. 259-264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2011.01.009
Webb R, Bryce C & Watson D (2010) The effect of building society demutualisation on levels of efficiency at large UK commercial banks. Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, 18 (4), pp. 333-355. https://doi.org/10.1108/13581981011093668
Watson D & Webb R (2009) Do Europeans view their Homes as Castles? Home Ownership and Poverty Perception throughout Europe. Urban Studies, 46 (9), pp. 1787-1805. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098009106020
Watson D, Johnson S & Webb R (2006) Employer Perceptions of Skills Deficiencies in the UK Labour Market: A Subregional Analysis. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 38 (9), pp. 1753-1771. https://doi.org/10.1068/a37319
Watson D, Webb R & Birdi A (2004) Coping with Low Pay: Cognitive Dissonance and Persistent Disparate Earnings Profiles. Theory and Decision, 57 (4), p. 367–378. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11238-005-0121-2
Webb R, Watson D & Hinks T (2003) Testing for Wage Overpayment in UK Financial Services: A Stochastic Frontier Approach. Service Industries Journal, 23 (5), pp. 123-136. https://doi.org/10.1080/02642060308565627
Webb R, Beck M & KcKinnon R (2003) Problems and Limitations of Institutional Investor Participation in Corporate Governance. Corporate Governance, 11 (1), pp. 65-73. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8683.00302
Nawaz S, McKinnon R & Webb R (2002) Informal and Formal Money Transfer Networks: Financial Service or Financial Crime?. Journal of Money Laundering Control, 5 (4), pp. 330-337. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb027315
Webb R & Bryce C (2008) The Effect of Building Society Demutualisation on Levels of Relative Efficiency at Large UK Commercial Banks. Scottish Economic Society Annual Conference 2008, Perth, Scotland, 21.04.2008-23.04.2008.
Webb R, Bryce C & Adams J (2009) Internal Loss Data Collection Implementation: Evidence from a Major UK Financial Institutions. European Financial Management Symposium 2009: Risk Management in Financial Institutions, Nantes, 23.04.2009-25.04.2009.
Webb R, Winfield T & Watson D (2010) A European Study of the Quality of Housing and its Impact on Subjective Wellbeing. Comparative Housing Research: Approaches and Policy Challenges in a New International Era Conference, Delft, Netherlands, 24.03.2010-25.03.2010.
Webb R, Cheevers C & Bryce C (2012) ‘Operational Risk Escalation and the Theory of Planned Behaviour': An Empirical Analysis of UK Call Centres. 5th European Risk Conference, Luxembourg,, 13.09.2012-14.09.2012.
Rob currently teaches Bank Theory and Operations and Risk Measurement & Management in Banking both at postgraduate MSc level. In the past he has been responsible for: Postgraduate: Bank Financial Risk: Measurement and Management, Operations and Strategy of Financial Institutions and Investment Banking and Global Operations. Undergraduate: Banking; Managing Risk in Financial Institutions; Contemporary Banking Theory, Financial Systems and Institutions, Financial Studies, Understanding the UK Economy and Macroeconomics.