Engineering Financial Instability

Hosted by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Financial Conduct Authority and Systemic Risk Centre, LSE

Conference Suite, 9th floor, Pankhurst House, LSE

The conference seeks to understand how modern financial systems could be used: (1) to prevent a country from being able to deliver defence and security for its citizens, either at home or abroad, (2) by other states or non-state actors to create or augment instability around the world or (3) to facilitate the funding of illicit activity.

In a rapidly changing world which is increasingly interdependent and relies on rapidly evolving financial systems to underpin its economy, it is important to understand what threats or opportunities might exist for the UK and her allies across the globe. By considering the changing economic landscape, the UK can look to prepare against ‘future shock’; considering what threats it should be aware of, alongside what opportunities could be exploited to improve both the security and stability of the UK and her allies.

The conference is split into four interlinking themes:

  • Exploiting financial friendship
  • Modern siege
  • Covert finance
  • Destabilisation of financial systems.

We are keen to engage with people from all stages of their careers and from a wide variety of backgrounds including (but not limited to): politics, economics, history, international relations, defence, finance, philosophy, anthropology, ethics, technology, systems thinking.

The programme, talk summaries and speakers' biographies can be viewed here.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Confirmed speakers:
Dominic Connor, Independent consultant
Jon Danielsson, Systemic Risk Centre & LSE Finance
Tom Keatinge, Royal United Services Institute
Nic Ryder, University of the West of England, Bristol
Rob Solly, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Nikola Tchouparov, Moneyfold Ltd

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (@dstlmod) ensures that innovative science and technology contribute to the defence and security of the UK. Dstl is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.

The Financial Conduct Authority (@TheFCA) is the conduct regulator for 59,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK and the prudential regulator for over 18,000 of those firms. 

The Systemic Risk Centre (@LSE_SRC) was set up to study the risks that may trigger the next financial crisis and to develop tools to help policymakers and financial institutions become better prepared.

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