Trusting Banks

I am a PhD student in the Trusting Banks project, which is a collaborative project between the University of Cambridge and University of Groningen. The project is led by Prof. Boudewijn de Bruin at the University of Groningen, and Prof. Alex Oliver at the University of Cambridge. The overall aim of the project is to assess ways to restore trust and trustworthiness in banking by answering the following four questions:

  • What virtues do banks have to possess in order to be trustworthy (the motivation requirement of trustworthiness)?
  • What skills and knowledge do banks have to possess in order to be trustworthy (the competence requirement of trustworthiness)?
  • What obligations do banks have to trust their clients (the duties required by well-placed trust)? and
  • How can citizens ensure that they trust only those banks that are trustworthy (the evidence required by well-placed trust)?

My own research contributes to answering the second and third questions by providing an account of what finance has to do with justice.

Finance & Philosophy @ University of Bayreuth

Finance & Philosophy @ UBT is concerned with policy issues at the intersection of finance and philosophy. We believe that such an interdisciplinary approach is required to understand the most fundamental practical problems at the heart of our modern and globalized financial system. Getting to grips with the regulation or deregulation of global finance is not simply a matter of undertaking technical economic and institutional analysis but is partly a normative and epistemological project. We need answers not only about how to regulate but also what the aim of such regulation should be. How ought the European Union respond to unsustainably high debt levels in some member states? Are the underlying assumptions in the modelling of financial markets tenable? Why do we need financial stability and how should we measure it?

Finance & Philosophy @ UBT is an initiative of the Departments of Philosophy & Economics at the University of Bayreuth and is supported by the Governance and Responsibility Emerging Field. We will be organizing regular international colloquia series for all members of the university and corresponding seminars for students studying Economics and Philosophy & Economics degrees.

Finance & Philosophy @ UBT is organized by Prof. Dr. Matthew Braham (Philosophy) and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Herz (Economics) together with me. Part of the project is to offer seminars on topics at the intersection of philosophy and finance at the University of Bayreuth. Here you can see descriptions of the seminars that I have taught together with others in this series.