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Dr Zhen Ye
1-19 Torrington Place
The Bartlett, UCL
  • 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. I started my early career with legal service in China in 1990’s. My work involved translating international contracts related to joint venture, commercial documents such as letter of credit, and technical document such as patent. The full complexity of legal work opened the door for me to see a whole new world of international business outside China, and my own limitation. I decided to come to the UK to study business followed by a master degree in international law. 

Following my master with Newcastle, I received a PhD Studentship with the Business School of University of Hertfordshire. My PhD studentship, supervised by Professor Jane Hardy, looked at Foreign Direct Investment, and I was affiliated with the Centre for Institutional Economics led by Professor Geoffrey Hodgson. My first academic job was with Oxford Brookes University as a fixed term lecturer in economics. In 2005, I moved back to Hertfordshire and stayed there as Senior Lecturer in Economics and MSc Programme Leader until 2009, then I joined Hull University Business School.

My research in Hull focuses on creativity and industrial development. During this period, I have worked on seconded missions for UNIDO to Bhutan, Egypt, Pakistan and China and gained experiences in the field in the Gulf and Singapore. The co-authored research published by UNIDO in 2013 was based on invited keynotes at the European Parliament and European Forum Alpbach. I published papers on creative industries, industrial development strategy and international competitiveness.

Following my Chicago Booth MBA, I moved to the field of finance and worked for private equity firm in operation role, involved in setting up fund. Subsequently I gained professional qualification through exam as licensed fund management and securities trading professional. From these professional backgrounds, I became interested in infrastructure investment and finance, and how infrastructure helps connect people, place and institutions, and from a comparative perspective, the impacts of infrastructure investment and finance on risk and the environment.   

Research Summary

I am an Associate Professor in Infrastructure Economics and Finance and Programme Leader for MSc Infrastructure Investment and Finance at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, UCL. 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 risk and the environment.           

- Relative risk premium for infrastructure investment
- Sovereign and sub-sovereign, infrastructure performance & Public Private Partnership

- Creativity and institutions
- Financing creativity and innovation

The environment
- Sustainability and resilience of infrastructure
- Industrial transformation and climate change

Teaching Summary

Prior to join UCL, I have already worked in a variety of academic roles, including head of finance subject, acting head of department 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 and the Cultural Institute of Peking. I also collaborate with colleagues in CUFE (Central University of Finance & Economics) in Beijing and Shanghai Jiaotong University. 

I have taught global financial market, financial modelling, investment analysis and international business in Executive MBA, MBA, MSc and EDP programmes in Bahrain, China, Oman, Singapore, and predominantly the UK. In UCL, I am the module leader for Risk Modelling and Asset Management for Infrastructure Project and Infrastructure Using Special Purpose Vehicle in MSc Infrastructure Investment and Finance programme. 

01-AUG-2019 Programme Leader 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 Accounting, Finance and Economics University of Hertfordshire, 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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