Prof. Dr. Stefano Battiston

Professor of Banking
AND-2.54, Andreasstr. 15, 8050 Zürich
+41 44 634 40 58
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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.


Past Events

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

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

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

Big Data Finance Winter SchoolMore details

December, 13, 2016, Padua, Italy:

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

December, 12, 2016, Venice, Italy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September, 20, 2016, Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

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

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

Participant, coauthor in 6 accepted papers, Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) 2016. More

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

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

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

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

June, 27, 2016, Toronto, Canada:

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

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

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

June, 10, 2016, Ispra, Italy:

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

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

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

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

Invited expert at The Piik Workshop. 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"

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

ICT 2015 Innovate, Connect, Transform. More

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

Speaker at Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2015. More

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

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

September, 9, 2015, UK:

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

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:

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

May, 10-11, 2015, Frankfurt, Germany

ECB group expert meeting on interconnectedness

April, 14-18, New York, USA

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

April, 8-11, Paris, France

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

March, 25-27, 2015, USA

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

March, 23-25, 2015, Leiden, Netherlands

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

March, 21, 2015, Nice, France

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

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 Issues. More

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

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

December, 3, 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Seminar at Tinbergen Institute: Complexity in Economics. More

October, 13, 2014, Cambridge, UK

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

October, 8-10, 2014, Brussels, Belgium

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

September, 22-26, 2014, Lucca, Italy

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

September, 18-19, 2014, Lucca, Italy

ECCS Warm UP School of Complex Networks

September, 11-12, 2014, Paris, France

Speaker at the conference "Contagion Dynamics in Socio-economic Systems".
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

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

July, 7-11, 2014, Rhodos, Greece

Talk and conference at Sigma-PhiMore

June, 11, 2014, Rome, Italy

Invited talk at Central Bank of Italy

June, 6-10, 2014, Amman, Jordan

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

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

May, 26, 2014, Milan, Italy

Talk at workshop at Università Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMore

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

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