Prof. Dr. Stefano Battiston

SNSF Professor of Banking
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Short Biography

Stefano Battiston is SNF Professor at the Department of Banking and Finance of the University of Zurich. His work applies the complex networks approach both to the empirical analysis of large economic networks and the modelling of their dynamics. Since several years, his main interests have been financial contagion, default cascades, and propagation of financial distress, where he combines the insights from the statistical mechanics of networks with the analysis of economic incentives.

He has been involved in many international projects, including FOC (Forecasting Financial Crises) the first European project aimed at anticipating structural instabilities in the global financial networks. He is now the coordinator of the FET project SIMPOL that investigates policy modeling in finance and climate finance.

From 2015 he also coordinates the FET project DOLFINS that investigates how to better channel finance towards sustainable economy in a networked economy. Within the Financial Stability Program directed by the Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and funded by the Institute of New Economic Thinking, Stefano Battiston coordinates the Working Group on Financial Networks.

Prof. Battiston has established the FINEXUS Center for Financial Networks and Sustainability in 2016. The research of the Center has been funded by several research grants from the EU Commission (over 3M Euros) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (over 1.5M CHF). In order to pursue its pioneering research program, the FINEXUS Center is currently seeking to secure funding and donations from private individuals, foundations, and companies. More details

Upcoming events

Date and Place Event
February, 23-24, 2018, New York, United States INET Conference at Columbia Business School: Conference on Financial Networks, Big Risks, Macroeconomic Externalities, and Policy Commitment Devices. Invited Speaker: Systemic Risk and Endogenous Financial Networks. More
March, 15-16, 2018, Paris, France Innovative Training Network ‘Expectations and Social Influence Dynamics in Economics’ (ExSIDE). Université Paris 1 - Pantheon Sorbonne: Doctoral Training Network. Invited Lecturer: Lectures on Financial Network. More
March, 29-30, 2018, Boston, United States Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI) at the Global Development Policy Center at Boston University and the Institute for World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Chinese Overseas Investment in the Energy Sector: Opportunity and Risk. Invited Speaker: An analysis of Chinese Investments. More
April, 19, 2018, Utrecht, The Netherlands Netherlands Platform of Complex Systems. Keynote Lecturer: Price of Complexity in Financial Networks. More
May, 3-4, 2018, Vienna, Austria Austrian National Bank (OeNB): OENB-SUERF-WU Confernece on Green finance, regulation and monetary policy. Invited Keynote Speaker: Climate Stress Test. More
May, 14-18, 2018, Como, Italy Lake Como School of Advanced Studies. Spring School. Complex Networks: Theory, Methods, and Applications. Invited Lecturer: Lectures on Financial Networks. More
June, 11-15, 2018, Paris, France NetSci 2018: International School and Conference on Network Science. Keynote Speaker: Price of Complexity in Financial Networks. More
June, 11-15, 2018, Paris, France Satellite Workshop on Financial Networks at NetSci 2018: International School and Conference on Network Science. Co-Organiser: Price of Complexity in Financial Networks. More

Past Events

Date and Place Event
January, 17-19, 2018, Zurich, Switzerland Second FINEXUS Conference on Financial Networks and Sustainability. Organiser and Moderator. More
November, 15, 2017, Bonn, Germany COP23 Side Event: Embedding new climate risk and impact metrics throughout the project pipeline of development financial institutions. Co-Organiser and Speaker. More
November, 13, 2017, Bonn, Germany COP23 Side Event: How new climate risk and impact metrics can empower development finance institutions. Co-Organiser and Speaker. More
October, 4-5, 2017, London, UK BigDataFinance Conference. Project member. More
October, 2, 2017, Warsaw, Poland Warsaw School of Economics. Invited speaker: Course in Financial Networks and Systemic Risk. More
September, 17-22, 2017, Cancun, Mexico Conference on Complex Systems 2017. Invited speaker: Price of Complexity in Financial Networks. More
September, 4-8, 2017, Palma de Mallorca, Spain Summer School on Complex Socio-Technical Systems. Course Instructor: Financial Networks. More
June 26-27, 2017, Mexico City, Mexico Inter-American Development Bank: National Development Banks & Green Banks. Presenter: CLIMAFIN Toolbox. More
June, 19-23, 2017, Mexico City, Mexico International Economic Association 18th World Congress. Invited speaker: Price of Complexity in Financial Networks. More
June, 14, 2017, Paris, France Banque de France. Invited speaker: Climate Stress Test. More
January, 19-20, 2017, Zurich, Switzerland. ETH Risk Center, Workshop on Cascade Processes. Invited speaker: Rethinking Financial Contagion. More

January, 11-13, 2017, Zurich, Switzerland:

First FINEXUS Conference on Financial Networks and Sustainability, with honorary guest Prof. Stiglitz (Columbia University). More

January, 9-13, 2017, Zurich, Switzerland:

Big Data Finance Winter SchoolMore

December, 13, 2016, Padua, Italy:

University of Padua. Invited speaker. Title of speech: "The Price of Complexity in Financial Networks"

December, 12, 2016, Venice, Italy:

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Invited speaker. Title of speech: "The Price of Complexity in Financial Networks"

November, 3-5, 2016, Manchester, United Kingdom:

28th Annual European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) Conference: : Industrialisation, socio-economic transformation and Institutions. Keynote speaker at Session "Understanding complexity and uncertainty in coupled human-natural systems: new approaches to sustainability analysis". Title of speech: speech "Climate finance and complexity". More

October, 3-4, 2016, Zürich, Switzerland:

Council on Economic Poilicies (CEP) event on Monetary Policy, Macroprodential Regulation and Inequality. Participant. More

September, 29-30, 2016, Paris, France:

Global-Systems-Science-OECD Workshop. Co-organizer and speaker of Finance Session. Title of talk: "Policy applications of Financial Networks."

September, 20, 2016, Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

Satellite Workshop at Conference on Complex Systems (CCS): Financial Networks and Policy Applications. Chair, co-organiser of the workshop. Title of talk: Policy Applications of Financial Networks. More

September, 19-22, 2016, Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) 2016Financial Networks and Policy Applications. Participant, coauthor in 6 accepted papers, . More

September, 4-9, 2016, Bogota, Colombia:

Central Bank of Colombia Workshop. Invited technical assistance at Central Bank of Colombia. Program "Systemic Risk in Financial Networks".

August, September, 29-2, 2016, Lipari, Italy:

Lipari Summer School on Complex networks: from socio-economic systems to biology and brain. Invited lecturer. More

June, 27, 2016, Toronto, Canada:

FRI- Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Science. Conference on the Stability of Financial Systems: Modelling, Regulation and Stress Testing. Invited speaker.

June, July, 20-1, 2016, Trento, Italy:

17th Trento Summer School: Intensive course on Macroeconomic Coordination and Externalities. Invited lecturer for a course on Systemic Risk in Financial Networks.

June, 10, 2016, Ispra, Italy:

JRC Seminar series, EU Science Hub - Financial Networks. Invited speaker. More

June, 1-2, 2016, Brussels, Belgium:

ISIGrowth annual conference: "Europe beyond austerity". Invited speaker. More

May, 1-4, 2016, Lenzerheide, Switzerland:

The Piik Workshop. Invited expert. More

November 9-13, 2015,
Mexico City, Mexico:

CEMLA Conference 2015. Banco de México, CEMLA, the University of Zurich and the Journal of Financial Stability jointly organize a conference on "Network models, stress testing, and other tools for financial stability monitoring and macroprudential policy design and implementation" More

October, 20-23, 2015, Lisbon, Portugal:

ICT 2015: Innovate, Connect, Transform. More

October, 12-13, 2015, Kiel, Germany:

Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2015. Speaker. More

September, 23-25, 2015,
Helsinki, Finland:

Bank of England 2015 RiskLab/BoF/ESR Conference on Systemic Risk Analytics. Keynote speaker & Program committee member. More

September, 9, 2015, UK:

JNTF and the Center for Risk Studies (Cambridge University) second conference on "Network Theory and Financial Risk". Keynote speaker. More

July, 22-24, 2015,
Paris, France:

Second International Conference of the Society for Economic Measurement (SEM), OECD Conference Center. More

June, 1-5, 2015, Zaragoza, Spain:

Discussion "How can Network models enhance the policymaker's toolkit". Moderator/Panellist:

May, 10-11, 2015, Frankfurt, Germany

ECB group expert meeting on interconnectedness

April, 14-18, New York, USA

INET Seminar Series at Columbia University. Presentation: "The Price of Complexity in financial networks". More

April, 8-11, Paris, France

"Liberté, Egalité, Fragilité" INET Annual Conference. Topic: Financial Networks, Financial Innovation & Inequality. More

March, 25-27, 2015, USA

Leverage the network: a stress-test framework based on DebtRank IPAM Workshop I, systemic risk and financial networks. UC Los Angeles. Invited speaker. More

March, 23-25, 2015, Leiden, Netherlands

Lorentz Center Workshop Socio-Economic Complexity. Lecture: "Leveraging the network: a stress-test framework based on DebtRank".

March, 21, 2015, Nice, France

WEHIA Conference. Key note speech: "Price of complexity in financial networks".

December, 15-19, 2014, Cambridge, UK

INI Workshop: Regulating Systemic Risk: Insights from Mathematical Modeling. More

December, 11, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico

CEMLA Seminar on Network Analysis and Financial Stability IssuesMore

December, 5, 2014, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

CORE at UCL Université catholique de Louvain. Invited talk. More

December, 3, 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute: Complexity in Economics. Seminar. More

October, 13, 2014, Cambridge, UK

INI Workshop: Systemic Risk and Macroprudential Regulation: Perspectives from Network Analysis. More

October, 8-10, 2014, Brussels, Belgium

Global Systems Science (GSS) 3rd Open Conference. Co-Organizer. More

September, 22-26, 2014, Lucca, Italy

European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS'14). Program Chair. More

September, 18-19, 2014, Lucca, Italy

ECCS Warm UP School of Complex Networks.

September, 11-12, 2014, Paris, France

"Contagion Dynamics in Socio-economic Systems" Conference. Speaker. Presentation Title: "Contagion in complex financial networks". More

September, 8-10, 2014, London, UK

Panel Session at the "Eco**2 Symposium" at London School of Economics. Presentation Title: "Interconnectedness in financial systems and in ecological systems". More

August, 26-29, 2014, Cambridge, UK

INI Workshop: Systemic Risk: Models and Mechanisms. More

August-December, 18- 19, 2014, Cambridge, UK

Isaac Newton Institute Semester Program on Systemic Risk. Invited speaker. More

July, 7-11, 2014, Rhodos, Greece

Sigma-Phi talk and conference. More

June, 11, 2014, Rome, Italy

Central Bank of Italy. Invited talk.

June, 6-10, 2014, Amman, Jordan

International Economic Association World Conference. Chair of session on June 10th. More

June, 2, 2014, Munich, Germany

International workshop on Systemic risk and regulatory market risk measures.

May, 27-30, 2014, Paris, France

Invited visit to Paris University (A. Mandel) under SIMPOL Project.

May, 26, 2014, Milan, Italy

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Workshop. Invited talk. More

May, 20-23, 2014, London, UK

Participation in Finance Watch expert symposium. Workshop on
a) Existing and innovative ways of defining and measuring non-financial (ESG) impact of RI strategies
b) Policy ideas to incentivize and harmonize the use of non-financial performance metrics

May, 8-9, 2014, Washington, D.C, USA

International Monetary Fund: Interconnectedness - Building Bridges between Research and Policy. Conference Organizer. More