Alexander Webb is a freelance writer, author, and PhD student who has written about intellectual property and mortality risk for the New York Times, in addition to work for National Geographic, Business Insider, and the Financial Times Press.  He has written about music promotion and cryptocurrency security for Wired Magazine. He lived in China for five years and is one of the few westerners who has visited North Korea. His graduate work currently looks at trust and innovation in finance and economics.

Alexander Webb is the author of Marijuana Medicine, a National Geographic special edition issue on medical cannabis, released in late 2019. Alex wrote major sections of National Geographic’s The Civil War: A Traveler’s Guide. His writing also appeared in National Geographic’s Atlas of The Civil War special issue magazine.

Alexander Webb is the author of the Zika Prevention Handbook, published by Skyhorse in October 2016. He is the co-author of Shock Markets, published by the Financial Times Press. A Chinese edition of Shock Markets was released in autumn 2015.


Alexander Webb graduated with a degree in International Business from the University of Hong Kong and he is currently pursuing a PhD from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

Published Academic Papers:
Alexander Webb is the co-author of;

“Arbitrage, contract design, and market structure in Bitcoin futures markets” (with Riccardo DeBlasis), published in the Journal of Futures Markets in 2022.

Intelligent design: stablecoins (in)stability and collateral during market turbulence (with Riccardo De Blasis, Luca Galati, and Robert I. Webb) Published in Financial Innovation in 2023.

“Liquidity of Futures Markets Over the Last Quarter of a Century: Technology & Market Structure Versus Economic Influences” (With Alex Frino and Luca Galati) and published in Applied Finance Letters in 2022.

In line with his academic work, Alexander Webb is the founder The Studies Show, which is a show and newsletter about interesting academic studies.

Prizes and Recognition

He was shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2020.


With Kristin Wong, he co-founded Come Write With Us

Alexander Webb releases music as Lonely Singles, available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

His other projects include Poetry Culture and Take Risks Be Happy, an online magazine for creatives, travelers, and entrepreneurs.

get in touch: alex (at) alxndrwbb.com