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Robert Wardrop

Faculty (Professor level) in Management Practice
Director & Co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF)

BCom (Queen’s University), MBA (University of Chicago Booth School of Business), MSc (LSE), PhD (University of Cambridge)

Research interests

Sociology of financial markets; trust; comparative institutionalism; innovation; entrepreneurship.

Subject group: Finance

Professional experience

Bob is an economic sociologist interested in understanding how and why channels and instruments of finance emerge outside the traditional financial system and how this impacts regulators, incumbent financial institutions and consumers. In addition to his role in the School, Bob is a member of the Steering Committee for the Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery (C2D3), an interdisciplinary research centre at Cambridge bringing together expertise from across academic departments and industry to drive research into the analysis, understanding, and use of big data. 

Prior to pursuing his academic career in 2010, Bob had an international career as a professional investor, most recently as a Managing Director in the investment group of one of the largest privately-owned companies in the United States where he was responsible for a portfolio of European corporate debt and equity investments. He has held several board directorships and advisory roles with academic, governmental and commercial organisations over the course of both his academic and non-academic career.

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Robert Wardrop’s publications. Please see the “Selected publications” tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Wardrop, R., Rau, R. and Zingales, L. (eds.) (2020) The Palgrave handbook of technological finance. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan. (forthcoming)

Zhang, B., Rowan, P., Wardrop, R. et al (2018) Early lessons on regulatory innovation to enable inclusive fintech. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Zhang, B., Wardrop, R., Garvey, K. et al (2017) The Africa and Middle East alternative finance benchmarking report. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Wardrop, R. and Ziegler, T. (2016) “A case of regulatory evolution: a review of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s approach to crowdfunding.” CESifo DICE Report, 14(2): 23-32

Wardrop, R., Rosenberg, R., Zhang, B. et al (2016) Breaking new ground: the Americas alternative finance benchmarking report. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Zhang, B., Deer, L. Wardrop, B. et al (2016) Harnessing potential: the Asia-Pacific alternative finance benchmarking report. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Journal articles

Zhang, B.Z., Wardrop, R., Rau R. and Gray, M. (2015) “Moving mainstream: benchmarking the European alternative finance market.” Journal of Financial Perspectives, 3(3): 60-76

Wardrop, R. and Ziegler, T. (2016) “A case of regulatory evolution: a review of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s approach to crowdfunding.” CESifo DICE Report, 14(2): 23-32

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Wardrop, R., Rosenberg, R., Zhang, B. et al (2016) Breaking new ground: the Americas alternative finance benchmarking report. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Zhang, B., Deer, L. Wardrop, B. et al (2016) Harnessing potential: the Asia-Pacific alternative finance benchmarking report. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Zhang, B., Wardrop, R., Garvey, K. et al (2017) The Africa and Middle East alternative finance benchmarking report. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Zhang, B., Rowan, P., Wardrop, R. et al (2018) Early lessons on regulatory innovation to enable inclusive fintech. Cambridge: Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Wardrop, R., Rau, R. and Zingales, L. (eds.) (2020) The Palgrave handbook of technological finance. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan. (forthcoming)

Collaboration network expands in Asia Pacific

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Looking at 2021

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The Regulatory Genome Project

The University of Cambridge announces the launch of the Regulatory Genome Project to sequence the world's regulatory text through machine learning. The…

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Knowledge network launched to support the sustainable development of fintech markets

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) today launched the Cambridge Alternative Finance Collaboration Network (CAFCN), a global network providing the necessary…

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Global impact

Cryptoasset study by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge is cited by the Government of The Bahamas in new…

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Regulatory dilemma

Policymakers face a big test on whether to support fintechs given increased competition from big tech and incumbent banks says Dr Robert…

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New MENA region collaboration agreement

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and ADGM Academy sign bilateral research agreement to facilitate tech-enabled financial innovation across MENA region and globally.…

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New interactive Bitcoin mining map launched

New mining map by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance provides increased transparency of the industry for investors, policymakers, researchers and general…

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Second Global Enterprise Blockchain Benchmarking Study

Hype is slowing being replaced by business value, says the 2nd Global Enterprise Blockchain Benchmarking Study by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative…

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‘Deep thought’ on Libra

Size and scale of Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency poses "questions for society and government", a top Financial Conduct Authority tells the annual conference…

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Business Weekly: Cambridge-Singapore alliance to speed fintech research and commercialisation

New research agreement signed by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Cambridge Centre…

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Forbes: Bringing sanity to global financial regulation

Dr Robert Wardrop, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments on the new Regulatory…

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Crowdfund Insider: The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance launches collaboration network

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at Cambridge Judge Business School, launches global collaboration network. The Cambridge Alternative Finance Collaboration Network…

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Mirage News: Cambridge launches Regulatory Genome Project

Drawing on research from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at Cambridge Judge Business School and the Department of Computer Science…

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Business Weekly: Cambridge drives FinTech and digital intel deeper into crucial territories

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) based at Cambridge Judge Business School, and the Ioannis Gregoriou School of Business Administration at…

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Sigma Live: Strategic synergy of the European University of Cyprus with the CCAF

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), based at Cambridge Judge Business School, and the Ioannis Gregoriou School of Business Administration at…

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Crowdfund Insider: Global cryptoasset benchmarking study: Updates on digital asset ecosystem during period of growth

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has released 3rd report covering the digital asset sector with the Global Cryptoasset Benchmarking Study.…

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Crowdfund Insider: Second Global Blockchain Report: Enterprise utilisation and network development

The second Global Enterprise Blockchain Benchmarking Study from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance says that hype is slowly being replaced by…

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City Press: How technology is driving a revolution in financial services

Dr Robert Wardrop, Director of the Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, says technology is “the most significant transformative…

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Fintek News: Cryptoasset global regulations made simple

A report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is featured in the article. The report looked at the global regulatory landscape…

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Contact details

Robert Wardrop
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 765365

[email protected]