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Dr Zhen Ye
The Bartlett, UCL
1-19 Torrington Place
  • Associate Professor in Infrastructure Economics and Finance
  • The Bartlett Sch of Const & Proj Mgt
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

My career spans over two decades as an academic, consultant and finance professional.  Following my law master with Newcastle, I received a full PhD Studentship in 2000 with the Business School of University of Hertfordshire. My PhD studentship, supervised by Professor Jane Hardy, looked at Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). I was affiliated with the Centre for Institutional Economics led by Professor Geoffrey Hodgson. My first academic job was with Oxford Brookes University Business School as a fixed term lecturer in economics. In 2005, I moved back to Hertfordshire and worked there as senior lecturer in economics and finance and MSc Programme Leader. 

I joined Hull University Business School in 2009. My research in Hull related to creativity and industrial development. During this period, I worked on the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) seconded missions to Bhutan, Egypt, Pakistan and China. The research, later published by UNIDO, was based on a series of keynotes at the European Parliament and European Forum Alpbach. During this period, I published international papers on creative industries, industrial development strategy and international competitiveness.

Following my Chicago Booth MBA, I moved to the field of professional finance and worked for private equity. Subsequently I gained professional qualification through exams as licensed fund manager and securities trading professional. I became interested in infrastructure investment and finance due to its full complexity and risk management implications, particularly, from a comparative perspective, on the environment.   

Research Summary

I am an associate professor in infrastructure economics and finance and programme director for MSc Infrastructure Investment and Finance at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management. I am interested in finding out how infrastructure connects people, places and institutions, and from a comparative perspective, the impacts of infrastructure investment and finance on risks and the environment. I collaborate with colleagues in economics, engineering, entrepreneurship and environmental sciences.             

Teaching Summary

Prior to join UCL, I have already worked in a variety of senior academic roles, including head of finance subject and programme leader, at the business school of Coventry, Hull and Hertfordshire. Internationally, I have been visiting professor to the school of economics in Xiamen University (2007-08) and the cultural institute of Peking University (2009-10). I collaborate with academic colleagues at the Central University of Finance & Economics (CUFE) in Beijing and Shanghai Jiaotong University's School of Environmental Science and Engineering. 

Since 2009, I have taught global financial market, financial modelling, international investment analysis, as well as, international business and strategy in Executive MBA, MBA, MSc (CFA & FRM academic partners) and EDPs, in Bahrain, China, Oman, Singapore and the UK. In UCL, I am programme director for MSc Infrastructure Investment and Finance and taught Financing Infrastructure, Risk Modelling for Infrastructure Project, and Infrastructure Using Special Purpose Vehicle.

01-AUG-2019 Programme Director MSc Infrastructure Investment and Finance The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management UCL, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2019 Associate Professor in Infrastructure Economics and Finance The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2019 – 31-JUL-2019 Associate Professor in Finance School of Economics, Finance and Accounting Coventry University, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2015 – 31-DEC-2018 Head of Subject and Principal Lecturer in Finance Finance Coventry University London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2009 – 01-OCT-2012 Lecturer in International Business Business School Hull University, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 – 01-JAN-2009 Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance Accounting, Finance and Economics University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2004 – 01-SEP-2005 Fixed Term Lecturer in Economics Business School Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2014   Master of Business Administration University of Chicago
2005   Doctor of Philosophy University of Hertfordshire
2000   Master of Laws University of Newcastle upon Tyne
1999   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Hertfordshire
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