FinTech & Shadow Banking in China 2019 Conference


28th & 29th November 2019 - Edinburgh Business School

Conference Overview

The rapid development of the Financial Technology (FinTech) industry over the last decade has brought along many advantages and challenges to borrowers, investors and regulatory authorities. FinTech promises to enhance financial inclusion and broaden the scope of financial intermediation.

We invite academics and practitioners working on financial technology (FinTech), shadow banking and financial stability in the Chinese Economy to submit their research papers to our conference. In conjunction with the conference, we will produce a Special Issue of The Manchester School.

The conference and the Special Issue aim to discuss both theoretical and empirical questions that deepen our knowledge of credit intermediation, shadow banking, informal financing, crowdfunding, and financial stability in China. The Chinese economy has assumed a pivotal role in global markets and the developments in FinTech and other shadow banking activity in China have been phenomenal. Hence, organising this conference and making a special issue with the focus on the aforementioned streams of the finance literature are both timely and important.

To attend the conference, you must register before 1st November 2019 through the event registration site (accessible here).

Please note that the conference fee will include catering throughout the conference, but does not include accommodation. For delegates wishing to book accommodation, please note that there is a Marriott Courtyard hotel based on the Heriot-Watt campus. Rooms can be booked directly with the Marriot via their website here.


The conference will feature a lecture from the 2019 Keynote Speaker, Professor Franklin Allen (Imperial College). 

Conference topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Shadow banking, economic development, financial stability
  • FinTech, crowdfunding, P2P loans
  • Theoretical and empirical underpinnings of FinTech and economic growth
  • Informal lending and regulation.

The full conference programme will be available to download on 14th October 2019.


We invite academics and practitioners working on "Financial FinTech, Shadow Banking and Financial Stability in the Chinese economy" to submit their papers to the conference organiser for consideration. Submissions to the conference in the form of complete or nearly complete papers should be send to the conference event team ( by 30th September 2019.


Special Issue of The Manchester School

The Manchester School journal invites conference participants to submit their paper for consideration for a Special Issue with the "China Shadow Banking and Financial Technology". Please note that if there is excess demand for the Special Issue then some papers may be considered for a regular issue of The Manchester School instead.

The guest editors for the Special Issue will be Professor Mustafa Caglayan (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK), Professor Kent Matthews (Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, UK), and Professor Wei Zhang (Tianjin University, China). Authors should submit their work following the journal's guidelines here.

Submitted articles should be consistent with the aims and scope of the journal. The opening date for the Special Issue is 15th December 2019. The closing date for submissions is 15th January 2020.


The first day of the conference will be held in the Edinburgh Business School, at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (EH14 4AS). You can access directions to this venue here.

The second day of the conference will take place at Panmure House in Edinburgh City Centre (EH8 8BL). Panmure House is the only surviving home of economist Adam Smith. You can read more about the renovation and history of Panmure House here.

Conference Organiser

Professor Mustafa Caglayan (


For all enquiries related to this conference, please contact the Executive Education Team: