Strathclyde Business SchoolDepartment of Accounting & Finance

Centre for Financial Regulation and Innovation

The CeFRI was established in 2016 as a centre of academic excellence in Financial Regulation and Innovation. Its vision is to provide a strategic link between academia, policy-makers, regulators and other financial industry participants.

The mission of the Centre and of its members is to foster policy relevant research to support the practical application of innovation in Finance and Financial Technology.

The CeFRI aims to foster better regulation in the face of its academic and practitioner focused innovation in capital markets. It promotes insights in innovation, financial technology (fintech), regulatory technology (regtech), market efficiency, risk management, investment benchmarks and corporate governance to a wider audience.

The CeFRI also operates as a hub for excellence in PhD and postgraduate teaching programmes in financial markets. Based within the Department of Accounting and Finance, it hosts a Visiting Researcher Programme and welcomes consultancy collaborations with public and private policy makers and stakeholders. It is a focal hub for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science for Studying Financial Technology (FinTech) at Strathclyde.

The CeFRI organises a range of events, including high-profile guest lectures, seminars and conferences. It collaborates closely with other Centres and Institutes across the University focused on Law, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Our activities are funded by industry partners.



Teaching and Courses

CPD training courses for financial professionals are held jointly with qualifying institutions.


Membership of the Center is open to all financial professionals, alumni of Strathclyde University and interested capital markets stakeholders. Interested parties should contact Devraj Basu.


Phd Research

The centre sponsors Phd research into both innovations in financial systems and effective regulation.

For suggestions on themes please see Potential Fintech research topics

Working Papers and Impact Studies

The centre aims to assist government, regulators and industry to meet emerging regulatory challenges and opportunities from innovation in financial markets. We promote work that aims to anticipate appropriate industry structures, governance and policy frameworks, regulatory systems, and responses.

Policy Briefs

The Centre also published ad-hoc analysis of industry issues and trends, and suggests appropriate regulatory responses.

Research and Funding

To engaging with industry participants, undertaking targeted research, delivering highly relevant educational events and providing valuable inputs to policy makers and regulators.

The research focus of the Centre is to develop a better understanding of how policy makers can better utilize innovative academic on capital markets and to provide practical recommendations to business leaders, policy makers, and finanical organisations.

The centre works hard to create innovative new capital markets insights, and to share these with the widest possible audience, through our writing and presenting activities.


Daniel Broby - Transforming finance with Fintech

The Scotsman - Scotlands financial heritage and regulatory backdrop boosting fintech innovation



Contact details

 Undergraduate admissions
 +44 (0)141 548 4114 

 Postgraduate admissions
 +44(0)141 553 6116/6105/6117


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