Invitation to the WPSF Research Seminar

The WPSF Research Seminar 2022/23

In the Sustainable Finance Research Platform Research Seminar internationally recognized sustainable finance experts present and discuss current research results. The seminar series explicitly addresses an international audience and aims on strengthening the cross-border discourse on sustainable finance. In this way, the platform partners want to promote scientific cooperation and contribute to the development of synergy potentials. The seminar series is open to all interested academics and practitioners.

The Sustainable Finance Research Platform is a joint project involving five German research institutions that is funded by Stiftung Mercator. With their independent research, the project partners aim to support stakeholders in politics, the financial sector, and the real economy in understanding and shaping the central role of capital markets in achieving a sustainable and net-zero economy.

The sessions consist of a 30 minutes talk followed by Q&A (1 hour in total). Information on how to register for the seminars can be found on our event page.

Confirmed speakers and dates (timezone CEST)

October 11th, 2-3 PM
Prof. Robert G. Eccles, Professor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Topic: The ideological war regarding ESG investing: can anything be done to stop it?
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Timo Busch, Universität Hamburg

November 16th, 12-1 PM
Prof. Ryan Riordan, Professor at the Institute for Financial Innovation and Technology, LMU
Topic: Carbon liquidity: the impact of disclosing greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) on the liquidity of firms’ equity
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Timo Busch, Universität Hamburg

November 30th, 2-3 PM
Prof. Diane-Laure Arjalies, Professor for Managerial Accounting and Control, General Management & Sustainability, Ivey Business School
Topic: “Let’s go to the land instead!” – Valuing biodiversity through an Indigenous-led conservation impact bond
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Lopatta, Universität Hamburg

December 7th, 2-3 PM
Prof. Caroline Flammer, Professor of International and Public Affairs and of Climate, Columbia University
Topic: Impact Investing in Disadvantaged Urban Areas
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Timo Busch, Universität Hamburg

December 14th, 12-1 PM
Prof. Paul Smeets, Professor of Philanthropy and Sustainable Finance, Maastricht University
Topic: Why do investors pay more for sustainable investments? An experiment in five European countries
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Universität Hamburg

January 18th, 2:30-3:30 PM
Dr. Rob Bauer, Professor of Finance, Chair Institutional Investors, Maastricht University
Topic: Private Shareholder Engagements on Material ESG Issues
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Lopatta, Universität Hamburg

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