The European Centre for Alternative Finance (ECAF) is a research centre within Utrecht University. It has a central role in guiding the international research agenda on alternative finance, supporting financial inclusion and access to finance. ECAF is a joint initiative of Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.), CrowdfundingHub and Sustainable Finance Lab.


4 November 2019
The 3rd European Alternative Finance Research Conference showed a growing network around ECAF.
16 April 2019
The conference welcomes rigorous studies related to alternative finance and fintech from an economic, law, sociological or other perspective.
28 November 2018
Researchers, practioners and policymakers met in Utrecht for the second edition of the European Alternative Finance Research Conference. Keynote by Nir Vulkan.


20 - 21
20 March 2020 09:00 - 21 March 2020 18:00
Why was it that, in developed Western economies, financial institutions like banks only began to reach deep into society during the 1960s and 1970s?

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