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Department of Finance Prof. Dr. Stefano Battiston

Prof. Dr. Stefano Battiston


Stefano Battiston is Associate Professor in Sustainable Finance and Networks at the University of Zurich and vice-chair of the Center of Competence for Sustainable Finance. He is Lead Author in the chapter Finance and Investment of the sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He also holds a part-time permanent position as Associate Professor at Ca' Foscari, University of Venice, Italy.

Stefano is a leading scholar in sustainable finance with a profile of high scientific and societal impact. He has made advances in the scientific understanding of the relation between financial interconnectedness, risk and financial stability. He has directed an influential and growing stream of research on climate-related financial risk. His scientific methods to conduct climate stress-tests of financial institutions and to quantify systemic risk in financial networks are widely used by practitioners in finance and by financial supervisors.

He has co-authored 50+ publications, including on top journals such as Science, PNAS, Management Science, Nature Communications and Nature Climate Change. With a scientific background in complex systems and 15 years of policy relevant research in economics and finance, he is in a unique position to understand societal questions from a quantitative and yet holistic perspective.

He has also been coordinating several EU and Swiss projects on finance and sustainability. In particular, between 2014 and 2018 he has been the coordinator of the EU Future Emerging Technologies projects SIMPOL and DOLFINS investigating how to improve financial stability and how to better channel finance towards sustainability in a networked economy.