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Centre for Innovative and Sustainable Finance

Find out more about the cross-disciplinary research taking place in our Centre for Innovative and Sustainable Finance (CISF)

Global warming, pandemics, recurrent financial crises, and new web-based technology — in response to a world in constant flux, The Centre for Innovative and Sustainable Finance (CISF) is undertaking research that helps governments, organisations, individuals, and society adapt to the evolving national and international financial landscape.

Finance — as both an academic discipline and a tool for modern economic governance — has never been more important. Finance theory plays a fundamental role in understanding topics such as Fintech, green investment, cybercrime, ethical finance, money laundering, personal credit, national solvency, and issues of Environmental, Social and Governance sustainability.

While maintaining a strong foundation in traditional Finance research, the Centre will engage in cross-disciplinary and collaborative investigations into these and related fields, with the aim of developing a portfolio of projects that will place the CISF at the forefront of theoretical development.

We also aim to support and inspire researchers at all career stages in the creation of new knowledge, and our innovative research underpins and strengthens our Ph.D. programmes, enabling our doctoral researchers to acquire the up-to-date skills and specialist knowledge essential for careers in Finance and related fields.

Members of the Centre have internationally recognised expertise in diverse areas of Finance, investigating both classical and contemporary issues, and have had impactful research published in international journals — with notable success in the areas of Climate Finance, ESG, Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance. Recent research has been funded by major funding bodies, including the British Academy and British Council.

Our members have already developed solid relationships with prominent institutions and organisations both in the UK and globally, including the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, NASDAQ, the EU, and overseas governments. Collaborations have included co-organising events (e.g., conferences/workshops), delivering expert talks on topical issues, and providing consultancy services.

In addition, our members have forged links with research centres across the University — including the Portsmouth Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, the Centre for Blue Governance, the Centre for Operational Research and Logistics, School of Computing, and the School of Education and Sociology.

The work of the CISF focuses on the following topics


  • Sustainable Finance and Banking

Green Finance and Sustainability are core areas of inquiry in a world threatened by climate change. Ethical Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental, Social and Governance issues inspire research closely related to these topics as well as to sustainable behaviours in Banking, Financial Markets, Financial Reporting, Financial Management and Corporate Finance. At a macro-level, we address concerns in Global Finance, the Global Economy, Geo-politics, International Investment and the Financing of Economic growth. We also undertake research in Micro-Finance, focusing on Household and Community Finance.


  • Financial Innovation and Technology

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence are areas of vital modern research, underpinning rapid developments in Financial and Web-based Technologies. Digital Economics, incorporating Digital Currencies, Cryptocurrencies, Crowdfunding and Marketplace Lending are likewise central to our research.

  • Law and Finance

Research in Banking & Finance Law, the Regulation of Financial Markets, and Economic and Business Law are areas where our research is strong. Also of great interest are Financial Crime and its near relatives Forensic Accounting and Forensic Finance, with Cybercrime the latest addition to the family.

Ph.D. programmes

Our research philosophy and culture aims to nurture the next generation of researchers and innovation leaders, and develop Ph.D. candidates’ potential. At the CISF, we deliver Ph.D. programmes in the above three areas, which are built on our supervisors’ experience and in-depth expertise — and our research culture aims to nurture the next generation of researchers and innovation leaders.

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Dr Ahmed Aboud

  • Job Title Reader
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  • Department Accounting and Financial Management
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Dr Alexis Stenfors

  • Job Title Reader of Economics and Finance
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  • Department Economics and Finance
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Dr Giota Papadimitri

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Financial Management
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  • Department Accounting and Financial Management
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Dr Tarek AbdelFattah

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
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  • Department Accounting and Financial Management
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Members of the CISF

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