Martin Harrison

DPhil in Continuing Education


An empirical finance theory approach to the establishment of sovereign wealth fund (SWF) asset management principles and best practices.

Research abstract

Ascertaining principles, polices and best practices for the conduct of investment management in SWFs by reconciling finance theory and management cybernetics with the operational arrangements, governance, organisational structure, strategic objectives and domestic predicament of state-sponsored provident funds.


Professor Jonathan Michie, President of Kellogg College


Martin was an Exhibitioner in PPE at Magdalen and an exchange student and tuition scholar at Carnegie-Mellon and on the accelerated MBA programme at Pitt (Katz).  After Masters in Finance from City University (Cass) and LBS, he undertook part-time doctoral research in quantitative finance for several years at Birkbeck and latterly at EDHEC Risk Institute. 

His current research stems from his management of assets for over 50 pension funds and four sovereign wealth funds, as well as expert testimony to the English High Court on investment suitability.  Martin has been an associate of CFA UK since 1981, a member of investment company boards since 1989 and is a practising member of The Academy of Experts.