3rd Annual Conference 

The Alliance was founded in 2017 to promote multi-disciplinary academic research on sustainable finance and investment. The Alliance organizes a major annual academic conference on sustainable finance and investment. The Alliance is also developing academic collaboration among researchers working on sustainable finance and nurturing the growth and development of graduate students and junior academics working on these topics.


The Paris Climate Change Agreement and the 2030 Agenda aim to set policymakers, the private sector, and civil society on a common path to advance global environmental sustainability and human wellbeing. In this context, actors and institutions in our financial system have a crucial role to play in catalyzing and supporting relevant solutions, and in ensuring that they do not undermine necessary social, environmental, and economic progress. It is also increasingly important that academic research helps to guide global cooperation efforts in an effective direction. This research must come from a diverse range of approaches and fields in order to constructively address what are extremely complicated and multi-disciplinary problems in the sustainability and finance fields.


The 3rd Annual Conference is being hosted by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, a joint center of the Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute. 

Further information on the Alliance can be found at https://www.sustainablefinancealliance.org/



Amir Amel-Zadeh, Associate Professor of Accounting, Oxford

Howard Buffett, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Policy and Management, Columbia 
Satyajit Bose, Professor of Sustainable Investing, Columbia
Ben Caldecott, Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, Associate Professor, Oxford

John Coffee, Director, Center of Corporate Governance, Columbia
Todd Cort, Co-Director Initiative on Sustainable Finance, Yale
Bob Eccles, Visiting Professor of Management Practice, Oxford
Dan Esty, Professor of Environmental Law & Policy, Yale
Ron Gilson, Professor of Law and Business, Columbia
Elizabeth Harnett, Lead, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, Oxford
Tessa Hebb, CERES, Fellow, Centre for Community Innovation, Carleton 
Sarah Holloway, Director, Management Specialization, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
Bruce Kogut, Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School
Falko Paetzold, Managing Director, Department of Banking and Finance, Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth, UZH
Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor, Columbia

Aniket Shah, Head of Sustainability and ESG Research for the Americas, UBS, Senior Fellow, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Columbia
Alicia Seiger, Managing Director, Precourt Institute Sustainable Finance Initiative and Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford
Paul Smeets, Professor of Philanthropy and Sustainable Finance, Maastricht 
John Tobin-de la Puente, Professor of Practice of Corporate Sustainability, Co-Director, Initiative on Responsible Finance, Cornell
Bruce Usher, Director, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Columbia
Tracy Van Holt, Academic Director, Center for Sustainable Business, NYU
Yao Wang, Director General, International Institute of Green Finance, CUFE

Adam Zurofsky, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia


The Agenda is indicative and is subject to change.



PhD Day



Conference Day 1



Opening Panel Discussion




Reception & Dinner



Conference Day 2


Closing Panel

14:30 - 18:15

Closing Keynote & Paper Prize Awards

18:30 - 19:30

Reception & Dinner




The 3rd Annual Conference will be hosted by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. We are seeking approximately 40 high quality papers for the Conference, each paper having a 30-minute speaking slot. We seek papers from a range of disciplines, fostering dialogue and collaboration across different fields. The deadline for submission is has been extended to Wednesday, April 15, 2020.


Papers will be presented over multiple conference sessions, organized around the theme of the submissions. Themes include, but are not limited to:


  • Sustainable finance - the roles and impacts of different financial services actors and institutions

  • Corporate governance

  • Climate-related risks and finance

  • Data and novel methods for understanding and measuring sustainability in finance and investment

  • Measuring impact

  • The role and effectiveness of ESG ratings and assessment 

  • Sustainable finance and the law

  • Social and human rights dimensions of sustainable finance 

  • Sustainable investment in and by emerging market actors

  • The role of the state in advancing sustainable finance

  • Financing natural infrastructure

  • Agenda 2030 and the role of accounting systems




We may have limited funds to support participation and these will prioritise early career researchers and PhD students based in developing countries. 


We would encourage members of GRASFI Member Universities to apply for funding within their own institutions.

Please register here



Asset Manager Sponsor:

Paper sponsors:

We welcome additional sponsors. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact grasfi2020@law.columbia.edu​


9-11 September 2020

Columbia University, New York

The Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment


9-11 September 2020, Columbia University

Contact us: ccsi@law.columbia.edu

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