The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Dr Zhen Ye

Dr Zhen Ye

Associate Professor in Infrastructure Economics and Finance

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2019

Research summary

I am an associate professor in infrastructure economics and finance at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. I am interested in finding out how infrastructure connects people, places and institutions, and from a comparative perspective, the impacts of infrastructure investment and finance on risks and the environment. I collaborate with colleagues in economics, engineering, entrepreneurship and environmental sciences.             

Teaching summary

Prior to join UCL, I have already worked in a variety of senior academic roles, including head of finance subject and programme leader, at the business school of Coventry, Hull and Hertfordshire. Internationally, I am an University Chair Professor in Finance (PT) in Xiamen University. Previously I have been visiting professor to the school of economics in Xiamen (2007-08) and the cultural institute of Peking University (2009-10). I collaborate with academic colleagues at the Central University of Finance & Economics (CUFE) in Beijing and Shanghai Jiaotong University's School of Environmental Science and Engineering. 

Since 2009, I have taught global financial market, financial modelling, international investment analysis, as well as, international business and strategy in Executive MBA, MBA, MSc (CFA & FRM academic partners) and EDPs, in Bahrain, China, Oman, Singapore and the UK. Between 2019 and 2020, I was programme leader for MSc Infrastructure Investment and Finance at UCL. I am also the module leader for Risk Modelling for Infrastructure Project and Infrastructure Using Special Purpose Vehicle.


University of Chicago
Other higher degree, Master of Business Administration | 2014
University of Hertfordshire
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2005
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Other higher degree, Master of Laws | 2000
University of Hertfordshire
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1999


My career spans over two decades as an academic, consultant and finance professional.  Following my law master with Newcastle, I received a full PhD Studentship in 2000 with the Business School of University of Hertfordshire. My PhD studentship, supervised by Professor Jane Hardy, looked at Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). I was affiliated with the Centre for Institutional Economics led by Professor Geoffrey Hodgson. My first academic job was with Oxford Brookes University Business School as a fixed term lecturer in economics. In 2005, I moved back to Hertfordshire and worked there as senior lecturer in economics and finance and MSc Programme Leader. 

I joined Hull University Business School in 2009. My research in Hull related to creativity and industrial development. During this period, I worked on the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) seconded missions to Bhutan, Egypt, Pakistan and China. The research, later published by UNIDO, was based on a series of keynotes at the European Parliament and European Forum Alpbach. During this period, I published international papers on creative industries, industrial development strategy and international competitiveness.

Following my Chicago Booth MBA, I moved to the field of professional finance and worked for private equity. Subsequently I gained professional qualification through exams as licensed fund manager and securities trading professional. After I joined Coventry, I became interested in infrastructure investment and finance due to its full complexity and risk management implications, particularly, from a comparative perspective the impact of infrastructure on the environment.