Dr Boulis Ibrahim

Associate Professor of Finance

Dr Ibrahim research and teaching interests span finance, financial economics, petroleum economics, financial mathematics, and econometrics. He specializes in financial market microstructure; high-frequency data analysis; carbon emission trading and markets; market integration; information cascades, transfers and spillovers; trading strategies; liquidity and co-liquidity modeling; volatility modeling; capital structure; and asset pricing. 

Areas of interest

  • Portfolio theory
  • Asset pricing theory
  • Asset-liability modelling
  • Microstructure of financial markets
  • Carbon emission trading
  • Information transfer
  • Return predictability
  • Market integration
  • Trading strategies
  • Capital structure


1992 - 1996  –  PhD in Accounting and Finance (Thesis: Asset Allocation)

1990 - 1991  –  MSc in Finance

1986 - 1990  –  BSc (Honours) in Actuarial Science


Posts held

2013 – present   –   Associate Professor in Finance (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK)

1996 – 2013        –  Assistant Professor in Finance (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK)

1992 – 1996        –  Teaching Assistant (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK)

"“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned”, Paul of Tarsus."

Boulis Ibrahim

Key publications

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Projects/Research showcase

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2018, Heriot-Watt Award for “significant outcomes and achievements that are well beyond what is expected of the role”.

2018, Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing award “in recognition of the contributions made to the quality of the journal”. Expert Systems with Applications.