Research in the area of finance is international


Jan-Alexander Posth, a senior lecturer at the Centre for Asset Management of the ZHAW School of Management and Law, gained new perspectives and ideas for his research and a better understanding of the research topics in a global context when he travelled to Shanghai in 2019 with the ZHAW-Swissnex staff mobility programme.

Mr Posth, why did you choose Shanghai and Beijing as your destinations? 

Jan-Alexander Posth: The major problems of our time, including climate change, environmental pollution and the loss of biodiversity, are global in scale and as such can also only be understood and resolved in a global context. Especially in the area of ESG, i.e. environmental, social and corporate governance at companies, and sustainable finance, it was therefore very important to me to experience the perspective of the global player China first hand. My Swissnex visit to Shanghai and Beijing helped me to gain a broader and more integral understanding of the issues.


Did the exchange have an impact on your research work?

My Swissnex visit to China allowed me to define my research focus even more clearly. At the same time, I am now able to better integrate my research in the area of sustainable finance into a global context. This has seen completely new and essential facets of my work emerge.

How were you able to benefit personally?

Clearly, I benefited most from the impressive Swissnex China network. Swissnex China had already prepared a fantastic agenda for me in advance of my visit, and this allowed me to exchange ideas with renowned contacts from the worlds of science and business.

“In the financial sector, in particular, the exciting research topics now all have an international character.”

Did anything particularly impress you during your exchange? 

I was especially impressed by the open and friendly welcome I received at all my meetings. There were always very interesting discussions on exciting topics that gave me a new perspective on ESG and sustainable finance in China.

How important are international learning and research for you?

In the financial sector, in particular, the exciting research topics now all have an international character. So, on the one hand, it is particularly important to cultivate the necessary networks that allow the ZHAW to actively drive research here. On the other, the university offers many programmes for an international target audience. Both underline the international character of the university in the realms of research and academic programmes, something that is so essential for the field of banking and finance.

In your opinion, what added value would it create for the ZHAW if more of its affiliated researchers benefited from such international exchange opportunities?

In order to conduct internationally recognised cutting-edge research, it is essential that the ZHAW is integrated within an international academic network. International exchange programmes such as Swissnex provide researchers working at the ZHAW with the opportunity to position themselves here and thus to establish the university in the global economic environment. In addition to increased visibility, the network allows the ZHAW to also benefit from access to international research projects and high-quality research.

The interview was conducted in writing


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