Specialist banking research, teaching and consultancy

The Centre for Banking Research promotes topical and high calibre academic research in banking. We host conferences and organise workshops and events to disseminate our research findings. We also foster the teaching of banking subjects to a high standard through MSc and PhD level programmes at Bayes Business School.

Drawing on the wide experience of our core and associate members, the Centre offers expert analysis of economic and business problems that affect the banking and financial sectors. We provide specialist consultancy to the banking and financial services industry, public sector organisations, regulatory authorities and governments. Our core and associate members maintain extensive links to industry and regulatory bodies, such as the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority, HMT, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Our team of international banking experts are regular commentators in the international and national media.

Message from the Director

"The Centre for Banking Research was founded in 2008, building upon a long history of banking research at Bayes Business School. Our mission is inspired by the vision of the founder, the late Professor Shelagh Heffernan, who believed in the importance of connecting academic researchers with practitioners and policymakers. The need for an on-going dialogue and for evidence-based policy decisions is of the utmost importance, in the context of fast changing technology and innovation impacting the banking industry. Our mission is to disseminate cutting-edge research and engage with a wide array of stakeholders, leveraging our network of excellence in banking research through publications, workshops and events."

Upcoming events

Henry Thornton Lecture 2023: "Do index funds benefit society?"

On 24th May 2023 Professor Martin Schmalz, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, will deliver this year's Henry Thornton Lecture which is titled "Do index funds benefit society?".

This lecture delineates recent research indicating side effects and equilibrium effects of indexing.

Mais Lecture 2023: “How to green the global economy”

This year’s on 5th June 2023 our Mais Lecture will be delivered by Odile Renaud-Basso, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on "How to green the global economy".

Day-Ahead PhD Workshop on Financial Intermediation

On 1st September 2023, Bayes Business School. Organised by the Centre for Banking Research at Bayes in coordination with ‘New (and Old) Risks to Financial Intermediaries’ Conference.

Conference on 'New (and Old) challenges to Financial Intermediaries'

On 2nd September 2023, alongside CEPR, (Centre for Economic Policy Research) we'll host a conference on the intersection of banking and corporate finance.

3rd Research Workshop the Future of Financial Mutuals

On 1st December 2023 the Centre of Cooperative Banking (CRCC) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the Centre for Banking Research (CBR) at Bayes Business School, the Building Societies Association (BSA) and Federcasse are jointly organising the 3rd Research Workshop on the future of financial mutuals. The workshop will provide an opportunity for academics, policymakers, and practitioners to engage in high-level discussion on the prospects of the industry.

Recent news and events

Henry Thornton Lecture

We've run the Henry Thornton Lecture series since 1979, each year focussing on monetary theory and policy. In May Professor Atif Mian delivered the 2022 Henry Thornton lecture.

Mais Lecture

Since 1978 Bayes Business School has hosted the annual Mais lecture. Over the last few decaeds we have seen speaches from notable figures in finance and politics including nobel prize winners and future Prime Ministers.

This year in February 2022 Rt. Hon. Rishi Sunak MP delivered the 34th Mais Lecture in which he set out his vision for a lower tax economy.

CBR Conduct Costs Project report launched September 2020

The Centre for Banking Research launched the CBR Conduct Costs Project report on 15th September, at an online event Monitoring Misconduct: Maintaining and Developing Banking Standards, where José Manuel Campa, Chairperson of the European Banking Authority (EBA), delivered a lecture about bank misconduct, banking standards and public trust in financial institutions.

The CBR Conduct Costs Project report discusses the financial consequences of bank misconduct for twenty of the world’s leading banks, from January 2008 to December 2018.

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