A Scholar’s Journey – or how someone who struggles with his iPhone is the world’s most read and cited FinTech scholar

In our fourth QUT Global Law, Science and Technology seminar series for 2021, Professor Ross Buckley reflected upon his research on FinTech, RegTech, data, and related matters.


This presentation explains how I come to be doing what I do (trust me, it certainly wasn’t planned) and the major findings in the past 8 years or research into FinTech, RegTech, data, and related matters.

It then goes on to try and peer into the future – into a world of data-driven finance, in which many financial services are delivered, at least from the consumers’ perspective, by BigTechs like Google, Facebook or Amazon, rather than banks. And in a world in which we control who uses our data and how, which enhances competition across the entire Australian economy.


The presentation can be viewed online at The QUTUBE, the official YouTube channel for Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

About Ross Buckley

Ross BuckleyRoss P Buckley is the KPMG Law — King & Wood Mallesons Professor of Disruptive Innovation, and a Scientia Professor at UNSW Sydney. As an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow he leads a five-year project into the regulation of the data revolution. He chairs the Digital Finance Advisory Panel of ASIC and has consulted to government departments in 14 nations, including the United States. He has twice been a Fulbright Scholar, at Yale and Duke.

His current research interests are FinTech, RegTech, central bank digital currencies and the Consumer Data Right and, more broadly, the full range of issues that the rise of data and its algorithmic analysis pose for society. Ross’s research on FinTech and RegTech has been downloaded more frequently from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) than that of any other social scientist in the world (with his usual co-author, Doug Arner, ranking second). His joint work with Doug, and now Dirk Zetzsche, is routinely cited in most scholarly analyses of FinTech, RegTech and cryptocurrencies.

About the series

The QUT Global Law, Science and Technology Seminar Series aims to bring together national and international speakers who will explore the personal, societal and governance dimensions of solving real world problems which are influenced by, and through the interactions of science, technology and the law.

The series will host speakers who think about ‘technology’ and ‘science’ as broadly construed to refer to methods of framing or interacting with the world, and that enable the critical and imaginative questioning of the technical, science, environmental and health dimensions of law and life.

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