Department of Economics

Professor Ulrich Volz

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Department of Economics Professor of Economics Centre for Sustainable Finance Centre Director China Institute Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute Japan Research Centre Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre Centre of South East Asian Studies Academic Staff, Centre of South East Asian Studies Steering Committee Member
MSc, PhD (FU Berlin)
Russell Square: College Buildings
T1 - Rm. 271 & T2 - Rm. 285
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+44(0) 207 898 4721
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Ulrich Volz is a Professor in Economics at SOAS University of London and Founding Director of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the German Development Institute, a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Leipzig. At SOAS, he previously served as Head of the Department of Economics and Member of the University’s Executive Board. Ulrich is Chairman of the Japan Economy Network and Co-editor-in-chief of the Asia Europe Journal. Ulrich is a director of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment and serves on the advisory panel of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) and the advisory board of the International Sustainable Finance Centre. He is a co-chair of the Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery initiative and serves on the advisory committee for the Climate/SDGs Debt Swap Mechanism of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. He is a member of the CEPR Sustainable Finance Research and Policy Network, the NGFS-INSPIRE Study Group on Biodiversity and Financial Stability, and the World Bank’s Green Recovery Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Working Group. Ulrich was Banque de France Chair at EHESS in Paris, and also taught at Peking University, Kobe University, Hertie School of Governance, Freie Universität Berlin, Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, and the Institute of Developing Economies in Tokyo. He spent stints working at the European Central Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and held visiting positions at the University of Oxford, University of Birmingham, ECB, Bank Indonesia, and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. Ulrich was part of the UN Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System and has acted as an advisor to several governments, central banks, international organisations and development agencies on matters of macroeconomic policy, sustainable finance and development.


Research interests

International Finance, Open Economy Macroeconomics, Financial Market Development and Stability, Development and Transition Economics, Global Economic Governance, East Asian Financial Markets


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Ulrich Volz: East Asia collectively benefitting from RMB liquidity boost | World Finance - 17 July 2015


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Ulrich Volz: US to share global currency status with yuan, euro and others? | World Finance - 20 July 2015


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