The Financial Markets and Institutions SIG brings together academics with research and scholarly interests in financial markets and institutions. This is a dynamic field of scholarship and an environment where the exchange of ideas and collaboration can contribute much. We acknowledge the ubiquitous nature of financial services in accessing the monetary economy for financial professionals and society and the economy more widely. The group is inclusive by nature and open to contributions on financial markets and institutions from a range of disciplinary perspectives. We hope this forum can provide UK based opportunities to assist new and prospective academics together with more established scholars. To achieve these goals the groups has a number of values.
In particular advances in technology, digital transformation and the availability of data has revolutionised not only the practice of financial markets and institutions, yet also how these fields are researched, perceived and analysed. Recognising and supporting these new research opportunities which until relatively recently would not have been possible is central of the ethos of the groups. The group wishes to exploit these opportunities by encouraging discourse between academics with diverse research interests, both within finance and beyond.
Since the great financial crisis – these fields of study have also been subject to much regulatory and legal scrutiny and face an often jaundiced public perception. Engaging with these wider regulatory, legal, conduct and cultural concerns to promote better practice and more transparent, ethical and sustainable and efficient operations of financial markets, systems and a diversity of financial institutions and activities, from banking, insurance, building societies and credit unions, is central to the spirit of the group.
To further understand the implications of these changes, the group wishes to bring together academics engaged in theoretical, empirical and policy relevant research. The SIG will strive to encourage co-operation and co-ordination of academics and PhD students across the UK to provide a forum to meet and exchange ideas. This will involve both support for the development of training of PhD students and new lecturers to gain experience within a friendly and supportive environment. More generally the group is committed to establishing stronger links with the financial industry and industry associations, the many professional bodies working in this area, financial regulators and other interested stakeholders. This is critical for both the immediacy and relevance of our studies and the impact of the research and teaching we all undertake.