Michael UrbanResearch Associate at University of Oxford
Michael is a financial geographer with research interests in the geo-politics and geo-economics of capital market investments. His research straddles the frontiers of several disciplines including human geography, financial economics, management studies and public administration. In particular, his work focuses on the asset management industry, institutional investors, investment banking and sustainable finance.
Prior to his graduate studies, Michael worked for the private bank Pictet & Cie overseeing and developing their in-house mutual funds in emerging markets and thematic markets including Socially Responsible Investments (SRI). Michael holds a BSc in Management from HEC Lausanne, an MSc in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King's College London, and a DPhil in Economic Geography from Oxford University. Using econometrics and close-dialogue, his doctoral thesis analysed the investment practices of public pension funds in the United-States. His thesis offers a set of empirically grounded regulatory and organisational requirements designed to address the chronic underfunding that afflicts public retirement systems.