Sustainability and Responsibility in Banking and Finance

The Department of Banking and Finance (DBF) at the University of Zurich is a leading research center that covers a wide range of topics and research interests in the domains of Banking, Corporate Finance, Financial Economics & Quantitative Finance. In line with the DBF mission statement, we strive to foster value-oriented reflective capabilities, global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness in research, teaching, and executive education.  

Research: The DBF is responsible for three research centres that promote specific and interdisciplinary research and teaching on the broad field of sustainability in finance:

Center for Financial Networks and Sustainability

Center for Responsibility in Finance

Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth

University teaching and executive education: The DBF is continuously expanding its university teaching offer for students as well as its executive education program, leading eventually to a comprehensive teaching offer covering the broad field of sustainable finance. 

The following courses provide in-depth teaching on selected aspects of sustainability and responsibility in banking and finance:


  • Asset Pricing (Chesney)
  • Behavioral Ethics (Tanner)
  • Corporate Finance I (Wagner)
  • Die (Dys-) Funktionen der Finanzmärkte und die Frage der Verantwortung - interdisziplinäre Sichtweisen (Cheney, Tanner, Krakow, Maranghino-Singer) 
  • Sustainability and the Finance Sector (Favier) 
  • Unternehmensberichterstattung und Corporate Governance (Wagner)


  • Advanced Corporate Finance I (Habib)
  • Climate Change and Finance: Risks and Opportunities (Battiston)
  • Continuous Time Quantitative Finance (Chesney) 
  • Corporate Governance (Wagner, Wenk)
  • Environmental and Financial Sustainability (Chesney, Vargas, Zheng) 
  • Introduction to Systemic Risk and Financial Networks (Battiston)
  • Microfinance and Impact Investing (Krauss)
  • Modern Crime in Financial Markets (Coculescu)
  • Serious Games in Banking: Training Sustainability and Behavioral Ethics (Schmocker)
  • Sustainable Investing (Utz, Busch, Kölbel) 
  • Understanding Financial Crises (Coculescu)