Who we are?
The Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance (RBF), established in December 2011, is a research centre within the University of St Andrews School of Management. It conducts banking and finance research by focusing on responsibility issues and bringing together an experienced team of researchers across disciplines within the University and beyond.
The RBF aims to better understand current issues and challenges facing today's corporation, financial institutions and market participants. A particular feature of the centre is its orientation toward empirical research which increases an understanding of corporate governance, social, environmental, ethical and trust issues for financial and non-financial firms.
The RBF's research agenda is structured around four topics:
Banking: industrial organization applied to banking, productivity, credit unions, retail payments, governance mechanisms in banking, risks of financial institutions and markets.
- Corporate finance: firm profitability, firm risk, mergers & acquisitions, Corporate Governance, insider trading, and health economics (e.g., health reforms, financing and controlling costs).
- Empirical Asset Pricing: investment analysis and portfolio management, risk management, predictability, and international financial market integration.
- New alternative investments: (socially) responsible investment, carbon investment, microfinance, and islamic finance.
In 2012, the Centre launched its working paper series.
The RBF Centre runs academic and practitioner based events to share the results of our research and stimulate debate on current issues in banking and finance.