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Simon Taylor

Faculty (Professor level) in Management Practice (Finance)
Fellow of St Catharine’s College

MA (University of Cambridge), MPhil (University of Oxford), PhD (University of London)

Research interests

The economics and financing of energy infrastructure, especially nuclear power; the methods of valuation and investment impact of equity research analysts.

Subject group: Finance

Professional experience

Simon spent nine years as an equity analyst at a number of investment banks, including BZW, JPMorgan and Citigroup, where he was involved in several major equity transactions and takeovers and led research teams covering the European and global utilities sectors. In 2001 he became Deputy Head of European Equity Research at JPMorgan where he had management responsibility for the technical and quantitative research teams and for the technology, media and telecoms sectors. He was a leading member of the team that set up JPMorgan’s global research centre in Mumbai, India in 2003. He has been a consultant to a number of hedge funds and the London Stock Exchange and has regularly taught on the JPMorgan European equities training programme.

Previous appointments

Simon was the first Director of the School’s Master of Finance programme (from 2006 to 2018), and was Deputy Director of Executive Education at Cambridge Judge (from October 2014 till September 2016).

From 2016 to 2018, Simon was a Visiting Professor at the China Centre for Energy Economics at Xiamen University in China. He was an Honorary Visiting Fellow of Cranfield School of Management in 2005 and 2006. He was previously a joint college lecturer in economic theory at St Catharine’s and Girton Colleges, University of Cambridge. He has been an economics tutor at Exeter College, Oxford University, and has taught development finance at the National University of Lesotho. In February 2007 he was Scholar in Residence at the Sigmund Weiss School of Business at Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania.

Awards & honours

  • Joint Winner, Sandra Dawson Research Impact Award (for his work on nuclear power), University of Cambridge, 2017
  • Pilkington Prize for Excellence in Teaching, University of Cambridge, 2009

Selected publications

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

Taylor, S. (2016) The fall and rise of nuclear power in Britain: a history. Cambridge: UIT Cambridge.

Taylor, S. (2010) “Nuclear power and deregulated electricity markets: lessons from British Energy.” In: Leveque, F., Glachant, J.-M., Barquin, J., von Hirschhausen, C., Holz, F. and Nuttall, W.J. (eds.) Security of energy supply in Europe: natural gas, nuclear and hydrogen. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.155-166.

Nuttall, W.J. and Taylor, S. (2009) “Financing the nuclear renaissance.” European Review of Energy Markets, 3(2): 187-202

Taylor, S. (2009) “The changing role and regulation of equity research.” In: Gardner, C. (ed.) Qfinance: the ultimate resource. London: Bloomsbury, pp.301-302.

Taylor, S. (2008) “How should investors value nuclear liabilities?” Cambridge Judge Business School Working Papers, No.04/2008. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Taylor, S. (2007) Privatization and financial collapse in the nuclear industry – the origins and causes of the British Energy crisis of 2002. London: Routledge.

Journal articles

Nuttall, W.J. and Taylor, S. (2009) “Financing the nuclear renaissance.” European Review of Energy Markets, 3(2): 187-202

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Taylor, S. (2007) Privatization and financial collapse in the nuclear industry – the origins and causes of the British Energy crisis of 2002. London: Routledge.

Taylor, S. (2016) The fall and rise of nuclear power in Britain: a history. Cambridge: UIT Cambridge.

Book chapters

Taylor, S. (2009) “The changing role and regulation of equity research.” In: Gardner, C. (ed.) Qfinance: the ultimate resource. London: Bloomsbury, pp.301-302.

Taylor, S. (2010) “Nuclear power and deregulated electricity markets: lessons from British Energy.” In: Leveque, F., Glachant, J.-M., Barquin, J., von Hirschhausen, C., Holz, F. and Nuttall, W.J. (eds.) Security of energy supply in Europe: natural gas, nuclear and hydrogen. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.155-166.

Taylor, S. (2020) “How will the Belt and Road Initiative be financed?” In: De Cremer, D., McKern, B. and McGuire, J. (eds.) The Belt and Road Initiative: opportunities and challenges of a Chinese economic ambition. Los Angeles: Sage. (forthcoming)

Working papers

Taylor, S. (2008) “Nuclear power and deregulated electricity markets: lessons from British Energy.” Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG 0808. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Taylor, S. (2008) “How should investors value nuclear liabilities?” Cambridge Judge Business School Working Papers, No.04/2008. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Nuttall, W.J. and Taylor, S. (2008) “Financing the nuclear renaissance.” Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG 0814. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

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