February 08 -13, 2009, in Gais (Switzerland)

 Call for Papers

There is a growing view among institutional investors that environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios. The first international oikos / PRI Young Scholars Finance Academy provided a platform for the encouragement of research on responsible investment issues. The Academy gathered leading academics, practitioners and exceptional graduate students and young faculty pursuing research related to issues of integration, engagement and transparency in responsible investment.


Feedback was  given by internationally well-reputed academics:

  • Professor Gordon L. Clark, Director of the Oxford University Centre for the Environment, Oxford University, UK
  • Professor James P. Hawley, Co-Director, Elfenworks Center for the Study of Fiduciary Capitalism, St. Mary’s College, California, United States
  • Professor Nils Kok , Ass. Professor, Maastricht Universtity, The Netherlands
  • Dr Danyelle Guyatt, Mercer Investment Consulting, Responsible Investment Business Unit (Moderator of the Academy 2009)

The goal of the Academy is to promote intensive learning through in-depth discussion and feedback. The participants of the oikos Young Finance Academy 2010 were:

Claire Woods, Oxford University, UK

“Fiduciary Duty as a barrier to ESG Considerations in Institutional Investment: Common Law versus France”

Cristiana Manescu, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

“Do investors perceive Corporate Social Responsibility as a risk factor? Evidence from an asset pricing analysis”

Chris Wright, Grantham Institute, London School of Economics, UK

“Conflict Resolution: The Experience with Mainstreaming Sustainability in Multilateral Financing”

Daniel Hann, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

“Pacta Sunt Servanda: Employee Relations and Firm’s Credit Risk”

Elisa Minou Zarbafi, European Business School, Germany

“Responsible Investment and the Claim of Corporate Change – Making Sense of Institutional Investors as Drivers of Corporate Social Responsibility”

Eric Knight, University of Oxford, UK

“The Economic Geography of Carbon Market Trading: how legal regimes and environmental performance influence share performance under a carbon market”

Geoff Archer, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, US

“Don’t ‘those with the money make the rules?’ How environmental-sustainability-related values influence microfinance project funding”

Hager Jemel, IAE University, Lille, France

“The Impact of ESG issues on Market Firm Valuation”

Janelle Knox-Hayes, Oxford University, UK

“Consensus Building for Corporate Accountability Standards: An Analysis of the Development of Greenhouse Gas Products and Supply Chain Protocol”

Kyoko Sakuma, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

“Contextualization in the  Socially Responsible Investment decision-making process – A study of European SRI fund managers’ views on the context of Japanese companies –”

Mary Ho, University of Hong Kong

“Alternate Socially Responsible Investment Indices in Asian Financial Markets: The Involvement of Stakeholder Dialogue”

Rieneke Slager, Nottingham University, UK

“What gets measured gets managed – exploring the link between sustainability indices and responsible corporate behaviour”

Stéphanie Giamporcaro, University of Cape Town, South Africa

“How can innovative finance tools be applied to facilitate an environmentally responsible economic growth in South Africa?  Drawing lessons from local and international experience in the application of responsible investment approaches”

Taylor Gray, Oxford University, UK

“The Developing Role of International Non-State Actors in the Market for Corporate Governance: The Case of the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UN PRI)”

Ville-Pekka Sorsa, Oxford University, UK

“Achieving Consistency and Coherence in Socially Responsible Investment”