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Dr Soma Housein

Research student

Cardiff Business School


My research focuses on the determinants of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). My thesis will follow the three-paper model. The thesis will engage with the following three chapters:

  1. The first chapter contributes to our understanding of how firms adopt more stakeholder-friendly policies to meet the expectations and preferences in CSR of their customers for legitimacy purposes.
  2. In the second chapter, we study whether the characteristics surrounding geographical areas near a firm's headquarters, as captured by legal heritage, can foster its engagement in CSR activities to conform to the regional norms and values.
  3. In the third chapter, we investigate how firms’ CSR performance is influenced when they are socially connected to firms that have been involved in a corporate scandal.






Research interests:
Corporate Social Responsibility
Behavioral Finance

Conference presentations:
2017: SSRM Dissertation Conference, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
2017: Corporate Governance and European Integration, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2018: Cardiff Corporate Governance Research Group International Conference, Cardiff University,
United Kingdom
2018: CGEUI Comparative Corporate Governance workshop, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
2019: 42nd Intercollegiate Accounting and Finance Colloquium,  Gregynog, United Kingdom
2019: Young Finance Scholars’ Conference, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
2019: Welsh Post-Graduate Research Conference (WPGRC), Cardiff University, United Kingdom
2019: Conference on CSR, the Economy and Financial Markets, Dusseldorf, Germany
2021: Sustainable Finance and Governance, Bath University (virtually via Zoom)
2021: Tri-Universities annual conference: Towards a Post-pandemic Sustainable World, Virtually
via Zoom
2022: AsianFA Annual Conference 2022, 25th of April 2022, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Virtually via Zoom.
2022: 43rd Intercollegiate Accounting and Finance Colloquium, Gregynog, United Kingdom
**2022: 31st EFMA Annual Conference 2022,  Bio-Medico University, Rome, Italy. 
2022: Welsh Post-Graduate Research Conference (WPGRC),Cardiff University, United Kingdom
2022: South West Area Group (SWAG) of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), Bristol University, United Kingdom
2022:Tri-University Annual Conference: Recovery and Rebalancing” in Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University Business School, United Kingdom.
**2022: The International Conference on Sustainability, Environment, and Social Transition in Economics and
Finance,  University of Paris Saclay, Paris, France.
**2022 FMA International Global Conference in the Middle East, 14-16 November 2022, Zayed University, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
**2023:Northern Area Group (NAG) Annual Conference 2023, Nottingham University,
Nottingham, United Kingdom
**2023: 12th International Conference of the Financial Engineering and Banking Society, 1-4 June 2023, University of
Crete, Greece

**presented by co-authors. 


Corporate Social Responsibility


Teaching Assistant, Cardiff Business School:
BST713  MSc Business Management
BST955 Advanced Management Accounting
BS2516 Corporate Reporting
BS2508 Corporate Financial Management