The EWPN Research Network brings together finance researchers working in industry, academia, and not-for-profit organisations. We work together to connect, create and collaborate on research projects and activities. Our goal is to improve the quality of financial research and advance our knowledge of the role of finance in society and industry, especially with respect to the topics of diversity generally and women specifically.


Financial services companies innovate based on changing technologies and market needs. Given that technological developments are rapidly transforming financial services, it is important that we learn more about how people are changing their financial and consumption behaviours.

Today there are many researchers working on financial issues in industrial, academic and not-for-profit organisations. Yet most companies have little tradition of working closely with researchers in these diverse professional areas, and cutting-edge knowledge is not easy to access.

There is great potential for working together to both share cutting-edge research and create new knowledge. Opportunities include industry-academia collaborations, supporting student theses, working with industrial Ph.D. fellows, and even undertaking or supporting research projects with time, knowledge and data.

Women are well-positioned to lead the way towards fruitful collaborations. In research, as in business, there are many ambitious women. At the graduate level, just under half are women. But among full tenured professors, it is only about one third. By working together we can both improve research creation and dissemination, and promote the position of women as experts in the field.

Research Projects and Sponsorships

EWPN seeks to be a leader in creating and disseminating evidence-based research on finance and fintech, with a specific focus on diversity and gender. We believe that insights through research are crucial to promoting a progressive agenda for gender parity and diversity in the payments and fintech industry and also in our societies.

Our Research Programme has two focus areas: “Women in the finance industry” and “Building financial services for women”.

  • The first focus area examines the value of gender parity and diversity with respect to innovation, productivity, talent management, product development, sustainable growth and value creation.
  • The second focus area explores the potential of fintech to close the “gender gap” by providing financial services that are meaningful to women.

Research topics may include:

  • The rapid changes taking place in fintech generally, and payments specifically
  • The effects of changing financial practices and technologies on female consumers
  • The experiences of female professionals in the fintech and payments industries
  • Policy-related issues with respect to women and fintech
  • The potential for research collaborations across sectors (academic, industry, government etc.)
  • Proposal for knowledge-sharing opportunities, publications, events, etc.

EWPN aims to develop a strong and collaborative network of research, be that original or curated research, with like-minded organisations, academia and business schools. We seek sponsors to fund research undertaken in the EWPN Research Programme – supervised by qualified researchers at Ph.D. level. Insights and research sponsors will have an opportunity to provide input into the research topics or select topics from EWPN’s priorities.


The EWPN Research Network aims to include research and researchers as a natural part of EWPN events, including Country Meet-ups and the EWPN Annual Summit. In 2020 and 2021, our events have been developed around the EWPN supported research reports, and we are exploring further possibilities.

You can access our research and join our events.

Miss an event? No worries – check out our Past Events – many are recorded and posted online.

Join Our Network

The EWPN Research Network is free to join. To join, please email research@ewpn.eu

The Organisers


Dr. Anette Broløs is an independent fintech analyst and experienced network leader working with strategic innovation and partnerships). Anette holds an Industrial Ph.D. in collaborative innovation and has a background in economics (Master in economics and e-mba).


Dr. Erin Taylor is co-founder and consultant at Finthropology. She specializes in researching financial behaviour and technology use and holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Sydney, Australia.


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