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Short bio

Dr. David Bieri is Associate Professor of Urban Affairs at Virginia Tech, with a joint appointment in the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) and in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Dr. Bieri also holds an endowed appointment as Faculty Fellow in the VT Program in Real Estate. His current research examines spatial features of credit flows, focusing on the dynamics of urbanization and the evolutionary development of the monetary-financial system as a joint historical process. Dr. Bieri also writes about regulatory aspects of international finance, global monetary governance, and the history of economic thought.

Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Dr. Bieri was a faculty member at Taubman College at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 1999 until 2006, Dr. Bieri held various positions at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, Switzerland, most recently as the Adviser to the CEO. From 2002 to 2004, he was Head of Business Development in which capacity he was responsible for new financial products and reserve management advisory for central banks. Prior to joining the BIS, Dr. Bieri worked as high-yield analyst at Bankers Trust in London and in fixed-income syndication at UBS in Zürich.

Bieri received his Ph.D. from the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. He holds a M.Sc. in corporate and international finance from the University of Durham (UK) and a B.Sc. (hons) in economics from the London School of Economics.

Previous positions

Academic appointments

  • 2010-2014: Assistant Professor, Taubman College, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Professional positions

  • 1999-2006: Bank for International Settlements, Basel, Switzerland
    • Adviser to the General Manager & CEO (2005–2006)
    • Economist, Monetary & Economic Department (2004–2005)
    • Head of Business Development, Banking Department (2002–2004)
    • Investment Analyst, Banking Department (1999–2002)
  • 1997-1998: Bankers Trust International, London, UK

Honours and awards

  • 2012: University of Michigan UROP Outstanding Research Mentor Award.
  • 2011: ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition Finalist (faculty adviser).
  • 2010: Virginia Tech College of Architecture & Urban Studies Outstanding Doctoral Student.
  • 2009: Young Professional Development Award, Environmental Protection Agency.