Call for papers: “From Awareness to Impact: Mechanisms of Change in Responsible Investment” PRI Academic Network Conference, London Sept 2015

March 30, 2015

I am hoping to persuade the readers of Socializing Finance to submit a paper to a conference that I am co-organizing: “From Awareness to Impact: Mechanisms of Change in Responsible Investment.”

Here’s why I think the event should be of interest. For the past four years I’ve been collaborating with the Principles of Responsible Investment initiative. The PRI is a United Nations-supported coalition of the largest investors in the world, working to promote responsible investment (e.g., incorporating the social, environmental and governance factors in their investment decisions). The organization is relatively young — founded in 2005. And it’s rapidly grown large, with more than 1,300 financial organizations as signatories at present, representing $45 trillion in assets under management. As a smart promoter of field change, the PRI has traditionally drawn on the work of academics, leading to a gradual emergence of an Academic Network that organizes conferences on responsible investment every year. This Network has traditionally been governed by a Steering Committee, and in 2014 I was invited to serve as its Chair. And I’ve been hard at work for the past months.

The 2015 Conference of the PRI Academic Network will be held in London, as part of the PRI In Person Conference for investors, asset managers and pension fund executives. The academics and their sessions will be fully integrated with the executives who attend the Conference at the ICC ExCel Center — a good mix of suits and jeans, I expect. Academics will have an additional Workshop at the Systemic Risk Centre at the London School of Economics. The Conference starts on September 8th, and the Workshop will take place on the 11th.

The event will showcase research from various literatures, including finance, management, accounting, economic sociology, political economy, law, etc. As such, it is fertile terrain for researchers in the social studies of finance. We invite submissions of full papers, but extended abstracts are accepted, focusing on the following areas:

  • ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) integration
  • Long term investment
  • ESG engagement
  • Financial performance
  • ESG impact

The conference benefits from the support of the Academic Network Steering Committee, as well as a dedicated organizing committee that includes Anna Bordon (PRI), Michael Barnett (Rutgers U.), Fabrizio Ferraro (IESE), Jean-Pascal Gond (Cass), Katherine Ng (PRI), Michael Viehs (Oxford U.), as well as myself. So… send us your paper! The deadline for submissions is 1st May 2015. Please see the call for papers here.

2 Responses to “Call for papers: “From Awareness to Impact: Mechanisms of Change in Responsible Investment” PRI Academic Network Conference, London Sept 2015”

  1. martha zuber Says:

    Dear Daniel, I read with great interest your call for papers on Responsible Investment. I did want to let you know that the topic of SASE 2016 (June 30-July 2, 2016) to take place at Berkeley is “Moral Economies and Economic Moralities”. Check out the SASE site in the coming months.

  2. danielbeunza Says:

    Wow. That topic is right on, and my experience from various SASEs is that it is another great interdisciplinary forum. Thanks a lot Martha. Hopefully your comment will encourage SocFinance readers to check out SASE!


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