Ralf-Yves Zurbrugg

Professor Ralf-Yves Zurbrugg

Chair of Finance

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Ralf Zurbruegg holds the Chair of Finance at the University of Adelaide Business School. He has held a number of administrative appointments within the university including as acting dean, associate dean, and head of school. He also serves 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 a Justice of the Peace for South Australia, an endowment fund manager for two not-for-profit institutions, 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.

Ralf Zurbruegg holds the Chair of Finance at the University of Adelaide Business School. He has held a number of administrative appointments within the university including as acting dean, associate dean, and head of school, 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 a Justice of the Peace for South Australia, an endowment fund manager for two not-for-profit institutions, 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.

'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.

CPA Australia. Best Practice Governance in the Not-For-Profit Sector, with Coram, P., Kent, P and Yawson, A. 2019.

Shenzhen Government Innovation Plan Grant. The application of artificial intelligence in financial portfolio management, with Ghandar, A. 2019-2020.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Does Spatial Characteristics Affect Firm Valve? Evidence from Diversified Mergers and Acquisitions Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Yanlin Liu
    2018 Co-Supervisor The Impact of Sovereign Re-rating on Systemic Risk: An Analysis of The Sovereign Ceiling Policy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md Abdul Wasi
    2018 Principal Supervisor Overconfidence -Induced Disagreement Among Top Management Teams Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Shihe Li
    2017 Principal Supervisor Interest Rate Liberalization Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shujie Liu
    2017 Co-Supervisor Informed Trading Around Corporate Bankruptcy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Dinh Trung Nguyen
    2016 Principal Supervisor Financial Asset Planning Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Anutchanat Jaroenjitrkam
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Tone at the Top: The Influence of CEO Personal Characteristics on Corporate Financial Reporting and Environmental Responsibility Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Thuy Lien Nguyen
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The asymmetric impact of positive and negative news on stock return synchronicity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Sha Lu
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Hierarchical Complexity and Corporate Opaqueness Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zhengyi Zhao
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The Determinants of Financial Analysts' Performance: Analyses using Quasi-Natural Experiments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Thi Mai Lan Nguyen
    2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Cities and Corporate Social Performance Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Ngoc Hanh Thi Tran
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Role of Information Asymmetry and the Level of Market Trading Activity in Shaping the Time-to-Maturity Pattern of Futures Return Volatility Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hoang Long Phan
    2013 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Banking Regulation and Corporate Governance: An Empirical Study of Chinese Banks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yishu Fu
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Essays on the impacts of household financial decision making Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr George Mihaylov
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor PRO-RIS and Customer Engagement in Complex Services Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sylvia Chee Yeng Ng
    2010 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Nature versus Nurture: The Influence of Personal Attributes and Traits in Determining an Individual's Risk Taking in Trading Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Gary Tan
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor The Significance of Shareholder Right Limiting Provisions during Merger Waves: An Empirical Investigation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ivan Obaydin
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Cross-Listing and Firm-Specific Information: Evidence from Chinese A-Shares and H-Shares Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Shan Li
    2009 - 2012 Principal Supervisor An Empirical Examination of Informed Trading in the Option Market Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Thi Thanh Van Le
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor How Foreign Trades Affect Domestic Market Liquidity: A Transaction Level Analysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yessy Peranginangin
    2008 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Explaining the information content and completion rates of on-market repurchase programs conducted in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Graeme Gould
    2007 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Computational Intelligence for Equity Portfolio Management Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Adam Mostafa Ghandar
    2005 - 2009 Principal Supervisor The Sensitivity of Returns of Non-Bank Financial Institutions to the Fixed Income and Equity Markets Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Chee Cheong
    2004 - 2011 Principal Supervisor The Impact of Changes of Capital Regulations on Bank Capital and Portfolio Risk Decisions: A Case Study of Indonesian Banks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Ratna Derina
    2004 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Corporate Governance in the Islamic Banking System in Pakistan: The Role of the Shari'ah Supervisory Boards Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Hussain Rammal
    2003 - 2006 Principal Supervisor The Return-Volume Relationship for emerging Markets - Analysis of the Internet Technology Bubble in the United States Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Syed Zamin Ali
    2002 - 2007 Principal Supervisor The Impact of Macroeconomic Announcements on the Australian Fixed Income Market Master of Commerce Master Part Time Mr Nixon Mak
  • Position: Chair of Finance
  • Phone: 83135535
  • Email: ralf.zurbrugg@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8223 4782
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 12
  • Room: 12 21
  • Org Unit: Business School Office

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