June 2020_2I am an IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence in Berlin. My research during this postdoctoral project focuses on whether and how China contests the liberal global financial order. The project thereby focuses on Chinese capital markets, their gradual integration into global finance and increasing internationalisation. A special emphasis is thereby placed on cross-border financial infrastructures and policy-oriented capital market development, e.g. with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or with respect to commodity pricing power.  

Previously, I was an ESRC Doctoral Research Fellow in International Political Economy at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. In this PhD project, I researched the development and organisation of Chinese capital markets, focusing on the role that (stock and derivative) exchanges and financial infrastructures play as crucial actors in processes of capital market development. 

I am also a co-founder of the Warwick Critical Finance Group, a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation & Regionalisation (CSGR), a Management Committee member of the ‘China in Europe‘ COST-Action Research Network and the Principal Investigator of the DFG-funded StateCapFinance research project. 

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8 June 2021. Presented a book chapter on ‘China’s financial opening and the liberal global financial order’ at the SCRIPTS jour fixe.

7 June 2021. I gave a lecture titled ‘Organising markets: Exchanges, infrastructures and (structural) power in global finance’ at the Financial Infrastructures Lecture Series organised by Goethe University Frankfurt and University of Gießen.

3 June 2021. Presented a paper on ‘Contesting the liberal economic order from below’ at the ZOiS-SCRIPTS ‘China and the contestation of the liberal economic order’ Workshop.

30 May 2021. I was quoted by The Wire China in an article on the dissemination of Chinese market practices in Hong Kong’s financial system.

28 April 2021. I gave a lecture at the COST-Action China Europe Research Network (CHERN) on ‘China’s construction of financial infrastructures along the Belt & Road Initiative’. You can access a recording here.

12 April 2021. First session of my new course on ‘China and the Global Economy’ at FU Berlin. This undergraduate course aims to place China at the centre of an IPE analysis of the global economy and assess its impact on global trade, production, finance or infrastructure among other aspects.

2 April 2021. Presented a paper on Chinese financial technologies and the Belt and Road Initiative at the Western Political Science Association Conference.

21 March 2021. Our work on the rising political importance of index providers was featured in the Guardian.

19 March 2021. Very honoured that I was invited to provide an expert testimony for the US-China Economic & Security Review Commission (USCC) at a hearing on ‘U.S. Investment in China’s Capital Markets and Military-Industrial Complex‘ (my oral testimony starts at 2:45:00 of the recording, the written testimony can be found here).

2 March 2021. PhD corrections submitted and accepted – now only waiting for the official letter!

24 February 2021. I discussed our research on index providers and developing countries with Ingrid Kvangraven at the first Developing Economics Instagram Live session. You can see the recordings on Youtube and Instagram.

18 February 2021. We hosted the Manuscript Development Workshop 2.0 at the Warwick Critical Finance Group to support early career researchers in publishing their papers.

15 February 2021. I presented a paper on Chinese statecraft, the Belt and Road Initiative and the politics of financial infrastructures at the SCRIPTS Postdoctoral Colloquium.

13 January 2021. Successfully defended my PhD on ‘Capital markets with Chinese characteristics’ at my viva (very minor corrections) with Eric Helleiner and Shaun Breslin as examiners.

5 January 2021. Jan Fichtner and I published a blog post for Developing Economics on the relationship between index providers and emerging markets.

30 December 2020. I was interviewed/quoted by BBC Business about our research on passive investing and the growing power of index providers.

15 December 2020. In a short article published in the Economic Sociology & Political Economy community, I discuss ways to reconceptualise financialization and capital markets by looking at China’s financial transformation.

12 December 2020. How are Tesla’s share price, US pension funds, Chinese defense companies and insider trading on Wall Street linked you ask? We argue that ‘It’s the index, stupid!’ in our article for Nathan Tankus’ Notes on the Crisis Blog.

12 December 2020. I was quoted by the Financial Times on the transformation of global exchanges in the following article.

27 November 2020. Long workshop week – discussion of our new index provider paper on their role in the relationship between states and passive markets at the Politics of Money workshop.

26 November 2020. Discussed another manuscript on China’s capital market internationalisation at the SCRIPTS Postdoctoral Colloquium.

24 November 2020. Drawing on a recently published article, I presented my research agenda on ‘China’s contestation of the global financial order’ at the SCRIPTS Centre of Excellence.

21 November 2020. The East Asia Forum published a short article that analyses how despite recent financial reforms China’s capital markets maintain their state-capitalism characteristics.

1 November 2020. My article ‘Same same, but different: Varieties of capital markets, Chinese state capitalism and the global financial order‘ was published in Competition & Change as part of a special issue on ‘Reconceptualising Markets’, edited by Pascale Massot and Julian Gruin.

1 October 2020. I started my postdoc at the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence in Berlin, analysing whether/how China contests the liberal global financial order.

30 September 2020. Submitted my PhD at the University of Warwick!

25 September 2020. I commented FTSE Russell’s China government bond inclusion for ETF Stream.

16 September 2020. I was a speakers on the ‘China A-Shares: Time to dominate indices’ Panel of the ETF Stream Emerging Markets Conference.

4 September 2020. Presented a paper on the politics of global exchanges at the ‘Critical macro-finance’ Special Section at EAEPE 2020 Conference.

1 September 2020. Investment & Pensions Europe published our Guest Viewpoint on the growing influence of index providers and its implications for pension investments in their September issue (with J. Fichtner & E. Heemskerk).

28 August 2020. I wrote an article for The Conversation on how the transformation of exchanges informs the London Stock Exchange-Refinitiv deal and why the European Commission launched an antitrust-investigation into it.

28 August 2020. I presented a paper titled ‘State Capitalism vs Neoliberalism: Capital Markets in China and the Global Financial Order’ at the Critical Finance Conference.

18 July 2020. Presented two papers on ‘the infrastructural power of exchanges’ and ‘how index providers steer financial claims’ (with J. Fichtner) at SASE Conference.

9 July 2020. TABB Forum featured my recent New Political Economy article on the transformation of exchanges.

29 June 2020. Our index provider article was cited in Forbes – apparently index providers are the new avengers of finance.

26 June 2020. My article on the transformation of stock and derivative exchanges from national marketplaces to global providers of financial infrastructures and its implications for the study of (infra)structural power in global finance has been published in New Political Economy.

25 June 2020. ETF Stream published a short article of mine titled ‘Wall Street beyond the Chinese Wall‘ on China’s financial opening, global banks’ aspirations to gain a foothold in China and why they will likely remain at the bottom of the food chain (because infrastructures).

25 June 2020. We translated the introduction of our Finance & Society Special Forum for Dezernat Zukunft, you can find the German version here.

10 June 2020. I wrote a blog for Developing Economics about financialization and the management of capital markets in China’s authoritarian state capitalism.

28 May 2020. Based on the WCF-PERC ‘Critical Macro-Finance‘ Workshop in September 2019, Sahil Dutta, Ruben Kremers, Fabian Pape and I guest-edited a Special Forum on Critical Macro-Finance as an emerging research agenda in Finance & Society. Check out the introduction here.

15 May 2020. I gave an interview to The Wire China on China’s capital markets, their index inclusion and politics of index providers – parts of which were cited in the following article.

28 April 2020. My single-authored article ‘Financialization with Chinese characteristics? Exchanges, control and capital markets in authoritarian capitalism‘ on how the Chinese authorities attempt to steer financialization and the development of capital markets through market infrastructures/exchanges was published in Economy & Society.

27 February 2020. Participant observation at the Eurex Derivatives Forum 2020 in Frankfurt with insights into the latest financial industry discussions on clearing, collateral, indices, ESG and Brexit.

24 February 2020. Jan Fichtner, Eelke Heemskerk and I wrote a short article on passive investing, index providers and its implications for climate change finance for the The Conversation.

27 January 2020. We organised a lecture with Matthias Thiemann from Science Po Paris on the ‘The scientization of central banks: How economists shape macroprudential policy‘ at the Warwick Critical Finance Group.

24 January 2020. An article in Medium also referenced our index provider article.

21 January 2020. Our index provider article was also references on Bloomberg.

20 January 2020. Our recent RIPE article on index providers was discussed in the Financial Times and I also gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal about index providers.

14 January 2020. TabbFORUM advertised our research on index provider in its daily newsletter.

8 January 2020. Based on our recent article, Jan Fichtner, Eelke Heemskerk and I wrote a little piece on the growing power of index providers in global finance for the Washington Post.

19 December 2019. The Financiel Dagblad, the Dutch FT, wrote an piece about our article ‘steering capital‘.

12-13 December 2019. Presenting our forthcoming paper ‘Steering capital: The growing private authority of index providers in the age of passive asset management’ at the ‘Intersections of Finance & Society’ Conference in London.

5-6 December 2019. Attending the Politics of Money Workshop in Amsterdam where we present our book chapter on the changing power-relations between index providers and states.

25 November 2019. Our paper ‘Steering capital: The growing private authority of index providers in the age of passive asset management‘ (with J. Fichtner & Eelke Heemskerk) was accepted for publication at the Review of International Political Economy (open access).

14 November 2019. My review of Stefan Schmalz’s Book ‘Machtverschiebungen im Weltsystem’ (in German) was just published in Politische Vierteljahresschrift.

21 September – 19 October 2019. Conducting additional research on China’s capital markets as a visiting scholar at the East China Normal University in Shanghai.

17 September 2019. Presented my research on varieties of capital markets and China’s integration into global finance at the FinGeo Global Conference at Beijing Normal University.

12-20 September 2019. Final stretch of fieldwork in Beijing – meetings with exchanges, brokers and regulators to learn about current developments in the transformation of China’s capital markets.

9-10 September 2019. As Warwick Critical Finance Group, we organised the WCF-PERC ‘Critical Macro Finance’ Workshop at Goldsmiths, University of London.

19-29 August 2019. Conducting additional interviews with index providers, exchanges and asset managers to fill a few gaps in the index provider paper that were are currently revising.

2 July 2019. Very happy to have been awarded ESRC funding for an Overseas Institutional Visit to spend six weeks at the East China Normal University in Shanghai (Sep-Oct).

27 June 2019. Jan Fichtner, Eelke Heemskerk and I presented our paper on the growing private authority of index providers at SASE 2019; also organised a panel on China’s financial market development where I talked about Chinese stock exchanges.

26 June 2019. I presented a paper on China’s domestic capital market development at the SASE Early Career Workshop in New York.

7 June 2019. I presented a paper on China’s integration into global finance at an International Political Economy Workshop by the German Political Science Association in Frankfurt.

17 May 2019. I presented a paper on China’s capital markets, state capitalism and the global financial order at the Politics of Money Workshop hosted by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany.

11 May 2019. As a follow-up to the ‘Conceptualising Markets’ workshop in March, I published a blog post on ‘China, State Capitalism, and the Global Financial Order’ at the Centre for International Studies (CIPS Blog).

6 May 2019. Second meeting with Jan Fichtner and Eelke Heemskerk from CORPNET in Amsterdam – paper is written, a few final touches and soon to be submitted.

2 May 2019. I attended the BISA-IPEG Conference at King’s College London.

27-29 March 2019. I presented a poster on China’s integration into global capital markets and its implications for the global financial order at the International Studies Association in Toronto.

25-26 March 2019. I attended the ‘Conceptualising Markets‘ Workshop at the University of Ottawa, presenting a paper on China and varieties of capital markets.

21 March 2019. I attended the ‘Finance, Security, Infrastructure‘ Workshop organised by the Collaborative Research Centre on ‘Dynamics of Security‘ at Justus-Liebig University in Gießen.

6 March 2019. As part of WCF, I organised a talk with Daniela Gabor on critical macro-finance and balance-sheet centred approaches in political economy. Check out the recording here!

4-6 March 2019. Catching up with some people in the City of London and Canary Wharf – background discussions on clearing, futurisation and index providers for ongoing research.

18 February 2019. Meeting with Jan Fichtner and Eelke Heemskerk from CORPNET in Amsterdam to discuss a joint paper.