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Professor Ralf Zurbrugg

Telephone +61 8 8313 5535
Position Chair of Finance
Fax +61 8 8223 4782
Building Nexus 10 Tower
Floor/Room 12 21
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Business School Office

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Biography/ Background

Ralf Zurbruegg is a Professor of Finance within the School of Accounting and Finance. He has held a number of administrative appointments within the university including as acting dean, associate dean, and deputy head plus serving on various committees both inside the University and in the private sector. Ralf has taught and held various visiting positions around the world, including the UK, Singapore, Switzerland, UAE and the US. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Bradford University School of Management, a Justice of the Peace for South Australia, serves on the editoral board of several journals, is the academic convenor of the International Centre for Financial Services and a director of a quantitative investment solutions company. He regularly consults for industry, particularly for the hedge fund sector, as well as being an expert witness on a number of state and federal court cases. He has also appeared on television and been quoted in national newspapers over the years.


After graduating with a degree in monetary economics from the London School of Economics, Ralf completed a Masters and then a PhD in financial econometrics from Manchester Business School. Since then he has taught finance and econometric related courses at several universities throughout the world.

Teaching Interests

Ralf teaches a derivatives course as well as courses in quantitative methods and wealth management for executive education.

Research Interests

Ralf has an interest that spans housing finance, computational methods in finance (particularly the usage of evolutionary algorithms for computer aided trading), insurance markets and general financial markets analysis. His research has been published in both national and international press, various public institutions (such as the World Bank), and has appeared on television and radio as a commentator on financial issues. He also has been involved in numerous research grants over the years and manages several long-term competitively funded research projects.

Research Funding

Research Grants

'Development of Evolutionary Computation Processes to aid in Stock Selection Picking', with Thuy To, Martin Schmidt, Zbigniew Michalewicz,, ABP Pension Fund, 2005-07.

‘Reporting Methods for Superannuation Performance', with C. Cheong, IFSA (Financial Services Council), 2008. 

ARC-Linkage, Survival of Australia's Family Farms: Capital Raising and Credit Access, with Stringer, R and Canil J. Partner ANZ Bank, 2009-2013.

‘Examination of the Impact of HomeStart loans on the South Australian Mortgage Market', with Mihaylov, G., HomeStart, 2010-2013.

ARC-Discovery, The Implications for Greying Australia of International Property Market Inter-Linkages, with Gerlach, R. and Wilson, P., 2010-2011.

ARC-Discovery, Computational Intelligence Methods for Financial Applications, with Z Michalewicz, 2010-2012.

ARC-Linkage, The Adequacy and Sustainability of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds: Governance, Performance, Asset Allocation, Fee Structure and Compliance, with Yawson, A. and Tretola, J., 2010-2013. 

ARC-Linkage, Funding our future: perceptions of the value of financial planning advice, with C Plewa, J Sweeney, and Michayluk, D., 2012-2015.

EU Centre for Global Affairs. Signature research project on corporate governance in Asia, with D Boehe, 2015-2018.


Ralf has publications and forthcoming articles in various general and specialised field journals plus books, including Urban Studies, Journal of Corporate Finance, Review of Finance, IEEE Transactions in Evolutionary Computation, Real Estate Economics, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Geneva Papers in Risk and Insurance, Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Accounting and Finance, International Review of Financial Analysis, Journal of Forecasting, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and International Business Review.

List of publications on google scholar


Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesEconomics & Finance, Real Estate
ExpertiseFinance, Hedge Funds, Investment Banking

Entry last updated: Wednesday, 12 Oct 2016

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