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Roy Mersland


9I260B ( Universitetsveien 19, Kristiansand )

Roy Mersland is Professor of International Business and Development at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder. He has a PhD in International Business from the University of Agder, an MBA from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile/Ecuador), and a Master’s degree in Business and Marketing from BI Norwegian Business School.


Mersland has a wide international research network and is currently involved in several research projects. He is a member of the research group of the European Microfinance Platform and of the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) in Belgium. He is also Director of the Center for Research on Social Enterprises and Microfinance (CERSEM) at the University of Agder (https://cersem.uia.no/).


Mersland has published extensively in high-ranking international journals, such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Studies, World Development and Journal of Business Ethics.


He has international management, consulting and research experience, particularly in the fields of corporate governance, banking and microfinance, from more than 20 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. He was one of the founders of Banco D-MIRO, an Ecuadorian bank specializing in microfinance.


Mersland is currently Director of PhD education at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder. He is also part-time professor at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.


Mersland is Chairman of technology start-up company Checkin (www.checkin.no), and he is on the board of directors of Alliance Microfinance and Sørlandets Kompetansefond. He also works as an advisor for several public and private Norwegian enterprises.

Scientific publications

  • Mersland, Roy; Strøm, R. Øystein (2014). Microfinance Institutions: Financial and Social Performance. ISBN: 9781137399656. Palgrave Macmillan. s 300.
  • Nakato, Linda; Mersland, Roy; D'Espallier, Bert (2020). Should informal financial groups at the bottom of the pyramid be linked to banks? A comparative analysis of linked and unlinked groups.
  • Mwintome, Gordon; Zamore, Stephen; Agana, Joseph; Nyarko, Samuel Anokye; Mersland, Roy (2020). Auditor Choice and its Implications for Hybrid Organizations.
  • Nakato, Linda; Mersland, Roy; D'Espallier, Bert (2019). Financial education at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Is there an effect on the performance of informal grassroots financial associations?.

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