Since 1983, the Shipping, Trade and Finance Centre's pioneering research has educated a generation of business leaders. Moreover, it has shaped business practices in Shipping, Trade and Finance and Energy industries.

Research is central to The Centre's activities, and its close proximity to the City of London has promoted close association with commerce and industry.

The Centre's excellent relationships with business, policy makers and institutions, and the quality of its research, attract the very best speakers and delegates to its symposiums, biennial meetings and conferences. They feature prominent figures from commerce, finance and industry, as well as government and international organisations. As such, they are recognised as the leading forums for debate and exchange of new ideas.

The Centre can test theoretical approaches against the realities of practice and the result is a body of rigorous and informed research, combined with a productive and dynamic relationship with those who can use it in the practicalities of day-to-day business.
All research at The Centre is driven by the needs of business, and is shared with industry, academia and policy makers, through conferences and seminars. Research is also shared with students via the Centre's MSc courses.

Research scope is extensive, ranging from Shipping Finance and Economics to Risk Management, Energy and Commodity Trade and Finance. The Centre is also renowned internationally for producing innovative research in Modelling and Forecasting.

Overview of the key elements of research by The Centre's faculty members

Prof Michael Tamvakis joined the International Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance and was awarded the ESRC Teaching Fellowship from 1989-1992. His research interests are in the areas of commodity economics, energy derivatives and shipping economics.

Prof Amir Alizadeh work has been published in several academic journals in the area of Transportation, Finance and Economics. His expertise is in Asset pricing, Commodity and Financial Futures Markets, Financial Derivatives, Financial Derivatives Pricing, Financial Derivatives and Risk Management, Risk Management Using Financial and Commodity Derivatives, Shipping Risk Management, Volatility Modelling and Forecasting.

Prof Nikos Nomikos expertise is in Asset Pricing, Commodity and Financial Futures Markets, Financial Derivatives Pricing, Risk Management Using Financial and Commodity Derivatives, Shipping Risk Management, Time-Series Modelling and Forecasting, Volatility Modelling and Forecasting. His current research interests include Risk Management and Risk Analysis in Shipping, Commodity and Financial Futures Markets. His research papers have been published in international finance journals and have been presented in conferences world-wide. He also acts as a consultant on issues of risk management for the Baltic Exchange and provides consulting services on a number of other shipping and financial institutions.

Dr Nikos Papapostolou research interests are in the field of shipping investment and finance, with a focus on capital markets as a source of finance for shipping companies, investors’ sentiment and behavior in the shipping industry, freight options pricing and vessel valuation, technical analysis trading rules, and commodity derivatives.

Dr Panos Pouliasis research interests are in the area of Commodity and Shipping Risk Management, Volatility-Correlation Modelling and Forecasting, Financial Econometrics, Index Tracking and Investor Sentiment in the Shipping Markets. His research has appeared in leading academic journals such as Review of Finance, Energy Economics, Transportation Research, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Futures Markets, Quantitative Finance.

Members of the Faculty and PhD students publish and present research findings in leading academic journals and at academic conferences worldwide.


Mr E.E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organisation
"The International Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance has grown in strength and stature since its inception 21 years ago and now enjoys international recognition, not just for the high quality of its degree courses and the excellence of its graduates, but also for the high standard of its applied research in its specialist areas."