The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has launched a new research programme to explore the digitisation of assets such as cryptocurrencies.
The Cambridge Judge Business School-based research group has partnered with public and private organisations including 16 banks such as Invesco and Goldman Sachs to look at the rapidly expanding sector.
The research will focus on the environmental, social and governance considerations for digital assets and their associated services, how the sector is structured and the emerging money systems being offered by cryptoassets and tokens.
CCAF also releases annual reports on the size of the peer-to-peer lending sector.
“The growing adoption of digital assets increasingly blurs the lines between roles, responsibilities and applicable rules, stretching the boundaries of long-term institutional arrangements,” Bryan Zhang, executive director at CCAF, said.
“The Cambridge Digital Assets Programme aims to meet the resulting need for greater clarity by providing data-driven insights through collaborative research involving public and private sector stakeholders.”
Michel Rauchs, digital assets lead at CCAF said the programme will provide decision-makers with the objective analysis and empirical evidence that they need to “navigate the digital assets maze.”
It comes as an associate director in CCAF’s data and analytics team has left the organisation.
Herman Smit announced on LinkedIn that he was stepping down from his role after two years with CCAF to join Nedbank as executive for behavioural economics.