Vanja Piljak, University Lecturer

Vanja Piljak, University Lecturer


  • University Lecturer in Finance
  • PhD in Finance

Vanja Piljak is a University Lecturer in Finance at the University of Vaasa. She obtained a PhD in Finance at the University of Vaasa in 2013. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Cyprus University of Technology, IPAG Business School in Paris, and the Auburn University in the USA.

Teaching Interests

University Lecturer Piljak’s teaching interests are financial markets and investments. She has been teaching finance courses at the University of Vaasa for about seven years. She teaches advanced-level compulsory courses: Research in Financial Markets, Investments, and Introduction to Master’s Thesis Research in Finance. She also serves as a supervisor for Master's and Bachelor's thesis.

“In the EPAS-accredited Master’s Programme in Finance we highlight a research-based teaching and utilize our own research expertise in the courses that we teach. We also emphasize importance of pedagogical skills, digitalization and use of educational technology in order to prepare our students for a successful career in finance. Our Master’s Programme in Finance is part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, which helps our students to become internationally recognized as highly skilled and ethically-oriented finance professionals.”

Research Expertise

  • Financial markets
  • International finance
  • Emerging markets finance
  • Financial integration

University Lecturer Piljak’s research interests include financial markets, international finance, emerging markets finance, and financial integration. Her articles have been published in refereed journals such as Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, European Financial Management, International Review of Financial Analysis, Emerging Markets Review, Journal of Asset Management, Finance Research Letters, and Research in International Business and Finance. She serves as a referee in several journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, International Review of Financial Analysis, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Emerging Markets Review. Her research has been presented in numerous acade