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Dr Zhen Ye
The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Associate Professor in Infrastructure Economics and Finance
  • The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Following my law master with Newcastle University, I received a fully funded PhD Studentship in 2000 with the Business School of Hertfordshire University and worked there, after PhD, as senior lecturer in economics and finance, before joining the department of marketing, strategy and international business at Hull University Business School (EQUIS, AMBA & ABS accredited) in 2009. My work at 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 and gained field experience advising government. The field research, later published by UNIDO in a position paper, extended to entrepreneurship, creative industries and industrial development strategy and competitiveness. I moved to the field of professional finance and worked for private equity until 2015 after MBA with Chicago Booth, then headed up a finance and energy department at Coventry University London, before moving back to Coventry main campus as principal lecturer in finance. I joined UCL in 2018 as visiting lecturer and took up MSc Infrastructure Investment and Finance programme leadership between 2019 and 2021. Currently, I am deputy departmental tutor.  

Research Summary

I am an associate professor in infrastructure economics and finance at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction (BSSC). My research is multi-disciplinary covering areas related to diverse infrastructure sectors and the environment. I published in Energy Economics (Impact Factor 9.252), Industrial Marketing Management (IF 8.89), Land Use Policy (IF 6.189), Journal of Cleaner Production (IF 11.072), Structural Change and Economics Dynamics (IF 5.059), Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy and Competition and Change. I served as guest editor to Frontiers in Earth Science, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies and Frontiers in Built Environment, and reviewed, in addition to the journal above, for Regional Studies and International Review for Applied Economics. I am a member of Royal Economic Society and Regional Studies Association, and various learned society in the past.    

Teaching Summary

My early teaching are mostly economics until 2009. Since then, I have taught global financial market, financial modelling, international investment analysis, international business and strategy for Executive MBA and professional MSc (CFA & FRM academic partners) in Bahrain, China, Oman, Singapore and the UK. Internationally, I am a university chair professor in finance (PT) with Xiamen University, where I had been a visiting professor to the school of economics (2007-2008) teaching industrial economics, and senior visiting professor to the cultural institute of Peking University (2009-10) teaching EDP. Currently, I lead two modules at UCL: Risk Modelling and Asset Management for Infrastructure Project and Infrastructure Using Special Purpose Vehicle

01-AUG-2019 Associate Professor in Infrastructure Economics & Finance Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2019 – 31-JUL-2019 Principal Lecturer in Finance School of Economics, Finance and Accounting Coventry University, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2015 – 31-DEC-2018 Head of Dept and Subject, Principal Lecturer in Finance Finance and Energy Coventry University London & Coventry University, 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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