John Diamondopoulos

Senior Lecturer

Professional Biography

John is currently enrolled in the part-time PhD programme at Birkbeck, University of London.  His thesis topic is: ‘A STDP Theory of Financial Crises.’ The research is focused on developing a financial crisis theory using a socio-political approach.  John is a Senior Lecturer in Finance primarily responsible for teaching on the MSc Finance (Trading and Investment Analysis modules) and on the MAIB/MAM (Private Equity & Venture Capital and Financial Strategy & Investment modules).   

In addition to his university teaching experience, John has over 15 years of consulting, entrepreneurial and international business experience. As a financial consultant with the Equitable Life Assurance Company, John successfully advised businesses and wealthy individuals regarding retirement planning, investments, insurance and asset protection strategies. His entrepreneurial experience is extensive with several start-up ventures - auto financing firm, restaurant franchise concept, SME consulting company and an import/export direct marketing firm.


  • PhD Candidate, PhD in Management, Birkbeck, University of London, 10.07
  • MRes European Policy and Management, Birkbeck, University of London, 10.05-05.07
  • MA in International Economics and Finance, Brandeis University, 09.95-06.97 
    Exchange Programme: ITAM – Mexico City
  • BA in Economics with Minors in Business and Chemistry, Boston University, 09.81-06.86

Relevant Past Employment

  • November 2006 – current, Senior Lecturer in Finance, European Business School
  • April 2007 – December 2007, Acting Deputy Subject Leader
  • February 2006 – November 2006, Lecturer in Accounting and Finance
  • September 2004 – February 2006, Visiting Lecturer, London Metropolitan University
  • May 2000 – September 2004, International Business Consultant/Trainer, Diamond Business Solutions
  • January 1993 – January 1995: Financial Planning Consultant, The Equitable Life Assurance Company


  • Diamondopoulos, J.  2012. Transparency ‘footprints’ of Central Banks: The role of minutes/voting records.  Journal of Socio-Economics, Volume 41, Issue 2, April 2012, Pages 235-247.
    *One citation in Economic Modelling (volume 35), 2013
  • Diamondopoulos, J.  2010. ECB Transparency: the role of minutes and voting records.  Germany: LAP Academic Publishing.  ISBN: 978-3-8383-4388-4

Manuscripts Under Preparation and Working Papers

  • Diamondopoulos, John.  2012.  To What Extent are Financial Crises Comparable and Thus Predictable?   SSRN Working Paper Series.  Submitted: October 16, 2012.
    Top Ten Downloads for 3 Topic areas under the Economic Research Network (ERN) in May 2013:  Financial Crises; Macroeconomics:  Monetary and Fiscal Policies; Macroeconomics: Prices, Business Fluctuations & Cycles.
  • Diamondopoulos, John, 2012.  To What Extent are Financial Crises Comparable and Thus Predictable?  IDEAS (Repec) Working Paper Series.  MPRA Paper 45668, University of Munich, Germany.
  • Diamondopoulos, John and Nielsen, Klaus.  Theory Development in the Social Sciences: the use of the Abductive and Retroductive research strategies.  To be submitted: Journal of World Business in May 2020.
  • Diamondopoulos, John.  The STDP Theory of Financial Crises. To be submitted: Review of Finance in October 2020.
  • Diamondopoulos, John.  Financial Discourse, Trading Strategies and Agent Assumptions in Finance.  To be submitted: Economic Behavior and Organizations in 2021.
  • Diamondopoulos, John.  Are Financial Crises Psychologically or Socially Driven?  To be submitted: Socio-Economic Review in 2021.
  • Diamondopoulos, John.  Political Triggers and Financial Crises.  To be submitted: Review of International Political Economy in 2021.

Books Under Preparation

Diamondopoulos, John.  The Socio-Political Theory of Crises (SPTC).  Targeted Publisher:  Cambridge University Press. 

Research Supervision

  • MSc and MA Supervision

Research Interests

  • Politics of Financial Crises
  • Monetary Policy
  • Alternative Investments and Trading Strategies
  • Sociological and Behavioural Aspects of Financial Markets
  • Venture Capital, IPOs, and Valuation of Technology Companies
  • International Political Risk 
  • Abductive/Retroductive Theory Development

Conference Papers Given

  • ‘The Comparability and Predictability of Financial Crises': PhD Seminar – Birkbeck College, University of London, September 2011.
  • ‘The Role of Financial Discourse and Politics in Crises': PhD Seminar – Birkbeck College, University of London, April 2009.
  • ‘Financial Crises and the Credit Crunch': Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Regent's University London, London UK, February 2009.
  • ‘Central Bank Minutes/Voting Records in Times of Turmoil': The EBS Global Banking and Finance Conference: Innovation in Times of Market Turmoil' Regent's University London, London UK, March 2008.
  • ‘ECB Transparency: minutes/voting records': EBS Research Seminar – Global Banking And Finance Cluster, Regent's University London, London UK, November 2007.
  • ‘An Analysis of the UK and Greek Economies': Erasmus Teacher Exchange Programme Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid Spain, March 2007.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Western Economic Association International (WEAI)
  • Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)

Reviewer - Academic Journals

  • Journal of World Business 4* (IPOs, International Political Risk, IB Theory Development)
  • Journal of Socio-Economics 2* (Financial Crises)
  • International Interactions 3* (Financial Crises)

Teaching & Course Development

  • MSc Finance:  Investment Analysis, Trading in Global Financial Markets
  • MAIB/MAM:  Private Equity & Venture Capital, Financial Strategy & Investments
  • BAIB:  Wealth Management, Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital