The Oxford SWF Project will document, analyze and conceptualize the governance of sovereign wealth funds, focusing on the characteristics of these funds and the principles underpinning their operation. Our research will make contributions to academic literature and inform policy debates.

Oxford SWF Project funding is provided by The Leverhulme Trust and The Rotman International Centre for Pension Management. Findings will be disseminated in a series of scholarly papers and an academic book to be published by Princeton University Press.


Dr. Ashby Monk is Co-Director of the Oxford SWF Project and a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Ashby’s current research is on the design and governance of financial institutions, with particular focus on pension and sovereign wealth funds. He has published numerous academic papers related to the above, and is the editor of a book entitled Managing Financial Risk: from Global to Local (Oxford University Press). He is also the co-author of a forthcoming book entitled Sovereign Wealth Funds (Princeton University Press).

Ashby received his Doctorate in Economic Geography at Oxford University and holds a Master’s in International Economics from the Université de Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Princeton University.

Prof. Gordon L. Clark is Co-Director of the Oxford SWF Project and the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford.

Gordon’s current research is on the governance of financial institutions, focusing upon the competence and consistency of decision-makers and the design of rules and regulations to enhance the investment performance of these institutions (supported by the National Association of Pension Funds, Watson Wyatt and the Leverhulme Trust). Related work centres on individual financial decision-making in defined contribution pensions emphasizing the intersection between cognition and context (supported, in part, by the ESRC, Mercers, and Watson Wyatt). Recent books include Pension Fund Capitalism (OUP 2000), European Pensions & Global Finance (OUP 2003), the co-edited Pension Security in the 21st Century (OUP 2003), the Oxford Handbook of Pensions and Retirement Income (OUP 2006) and Managing Financial Risk (OUP 2009).


This website is a project of Professor Gordon L. Clark and Dr. Ashby Monk of the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Their research on sovereign wealth funds is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and The Rotman International Centre for Pension Management.

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