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Sebastian Gehricke

Senior Lecturer
Deputy Director CEFGroup
BCom(Otago), MBus(Otago)

Office OBS 5.11
Tel +64 3 479 5450

Sebastian joined the Otago team full-time as a Lecturer in June 2018. Before then, he was already part of the department as a PhD student and casual Lecturer/Tutor.

Sebastian is an integral part of the Climate and Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup), running several events and pursuing research in climate finance, sustainable investments, carbon farming and carbon and energy markets. Sebastian also has financial consulting experience, particularly in project feasibility modelling and investment management. In 2021 Sebastian developed the first sustainable investments course in New Zealand. Sebastian also holds several positions helping transition the New Zealand financial system toward sustainability. He has volunteered through helping start-up businesses cement their business plans and sharing his personal and sustainable finance knowledge at community events and is on the board of a not-for-profit.



  • BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making
  • FINC 399 Special Topic – Sustainable Investments


  • FINC 102 Business Mathematics
  • FINC 204 Personal Finance
  • FINC 206 Corporate Finance
  • FINC 306 Derivatives
  • FINC 405 Mathematical Finance

Research interests

Dr Gehricke is researching in Sustainable Investing, Climate Finance, Derivatives, Carbon Markets and Carbon Farming.

Significant roles

In the media



  • Andre Poyser, “Indigenous Investing”, PhD in Finance started Nov 2021
  • Ling Liao, “Climate risks in asset prices”, PhD in Finance started May 2021
  • Jianhui Li, “Disasters and Options”, PhD in Finance started Jul 2020


  • Lachie Mclean. “In Holdings We Trust: Uncovering the ESG Fund Lemons”, Master of Finance (MFinc), Dec 2021 – Feb 2022
  • Wei Guo, "SPX and SPY Options", PhD in Finance, Apr 2018 – Jun 2021.
  • Joe Euphrat, "Impact investing: best practice, challenges and risks in New Zealand", MSusBus, Oct 2020 – Feb 2021
  • Samuel Kirk-Reeve, “Air Pollution and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns in China”, Dec 2020 – Feb 2021
  • Josh Morrison, "Financing the ASEAN green energy transition", Summer scholarship and MFinc, Dec 2019 – Feb 2021
  • Kate Scott, "ESG investment performance and attention in Australia", MFinc, Dec 2020 – Feb 2021
  • Tom Weatherall, "ESG investment performance and attention in the U.S.", MFinc, Dec 2020 – Feb 2021
  • Tom Lindsay, "Implied volatility of China gold options and COVID", MFinc, Dec 2020 – Feb 2021
  • James Stanners, "The Financial Contagion of the COVID-19 Crisis", MFinc, Dec 2020 – Feb 2021
  • Ling Liao, The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, Master of Commerce, Feb 2019 – Feb 2020
  • Connor Stuart, FXA options, MFinc, Dec 2019 – Feb 2020
  • Jansson Ford, ESG investment performance, MFinc, Dec 2019 – Feb 2020
  • Tian Yue, SSE 50 ETF Options, PhD in Finance, April 2016 – Dec 2019
  • Jianhui Li, How do US option traders smirk on China: evidence from FXI options market, Master of Business, Feb 2017 – Sep 2018


Gehricke, S. A., Aschakulporn, P., Suleman, T., & Wilkinson, B. (2023). The effect of divestment from ESG exchange traded funds. Proceedings of the 12th Annual New Zealand Finance Meeting (NZFM). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland Centre for Financial Research. Retrieved from

Gehricke, S., Aschakulporn, P., Suleman, T., & Wilkinson, B. (2023, November-December). The effect of divestment from ESG exchange traded funds. Verbal presentation at the 4th Climate & Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup) Sustainable Finance and Accounting Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gehricke, S. A., Aschakulporn, P., Suleman, T., & Wilkinson, B. (2023). The effect of divestment from ESG Exchange Traded Funds. Proceedings of the 6th Annual Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI) Conference. Retrieved from

Tulloch, D., Gehricke, S., Shaw, C., & Hoffmann, L. (2023, June). Mitigation. Panel discussion at the Science-based Policy School for Climate Change, [Hybrid].

Yue, T., Ruan, X., Gehricke, S., & Zhang, J. E. (2023). The volatility index and volatility risk premium in China. Quarterly Review of Economics & Finance, 91, 40-55. doi: 10.1016/j.qref.2023.07.004

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