Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
Cambridge, UK
TypeResearch Centre
Robert Wardrop, Bryan Zhang, Raghavendra Rau
AffiliationsUniversity of Cambridge, Cambridge Judge Business School

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is a research institute established in 2015 as a part of Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. The centre's research focuses on financial channels and instruments that emerge outside traditional financial ecosystems.

The current academic director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is Raghavendra Rau who is the first holder of the Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professorship of Finance at Judge Business School.[1][2] Notable members and fellows of the centre include Bob Wigley, the chairman of UK Finance and former UK business ambassador to the prime minister, as well as David De Cremer.[3]

The centre's agenda is aimed at informing research, governments, industry, and policymakers about alternative finance instruments and channels as well as underlying technologies.[4][5] Since its inception, the centre's main research activity has constituted benchmarking the growth of alternative finance across different geographies and sectors via annual reports for major regions and countries.[6] Another principal research field encompasses alternative payment systems, including benchmarking studies on blockchain and cryptocurrencies as well as DLT and cryptoasset regulation. The centre has also published research on regulatory innovation as well as regulatory implications of the emergence of FinTech firms. Several of these reports have been jointly published with other universities and research institutes, including University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Tsinghua University, University of California, Berkeley, Zhejiang University, University of Western Ontario, and the University of Agder.[7] In addition, the centre hosts an annual alternative finance conference at the University of Cambridge.[8]

The centre's publications have been cited in numerous regulatory and policy papers by international organisations and government bodies, some of which include the World Bank,[9][10] the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,[11][12][13][14] the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific,[15][16] the International Organization of Securities Commissions,[17][18] the Association of Southeast Asian Nations,[19] and the UK Parliament.[20][21][22][23]


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  3. ^ "People". Cambridge Judge Business School.
  4. ^ "Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance launches collaboration network in Chile". GOV.UK.
  5. ^ Williams, Aime (30 September 2016). "FCA asks University of Cambridge to help it understand P2P". Financial Times.
  6. ^ UK, Oscar Williams-Grut, Business Insider. "The UK's 'alternative finance' industry is now worth £4.6 billion". Business Insider. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Publications". Cambridge Judge Business School.
  8. ^ "Dutch Queen Máxima addressing Cambridge finance summit | Business Weekly | Technology News | Business news | Cambridge and the East of England".
  9. ^ "Crowdfunding Has Potential for the Caribbean — Under the Right Conditions". InfoDev. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  10. ^ "BLOCKCHAIN:Opportunities for Private Enterprises in Emerging Markets" (PDF). International Finance Corporation. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018". OECD iLibrary. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Regulatory Framework for the Loan-Based Crowdfunding Platforms". OECD. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Blockchain Technology and Corporate Governance". OECD. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  14. ^ "E-Platforms – Conceptual and Measurement Issues". OECD. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Potential of financial technology in East and North-East Asia" (PDF). UNESCAP. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Financing for development in Asia and the Pacific" (PDF). UNESCAP. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Research report on financial technologies, FinTech" (PDF). IOSCO. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Crowdfunding (2015 survey responses report)" (PDF). IOSCO. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Handbook for MSME Access to Alternative Sources of Finance in ASEAN" (PDF). ASEAN. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Explanatory Memorandum on European Union Legislation" (PDF). Department for Exiting the European Union. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Financial Technology (FinTech)". UK Parliament. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  22. ^ "Parliamentary Business". UK Parliament. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  23. ^ "ISA qualifying investments: consultation on whether to include investment based crowdfunding". GOV.UK. Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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