Academic Research

Katherine NG

Katherine Ng


Head of Academic Research

+44 (0) 20 3714 3149

The PRI Academic Research workstream aims to engage and inform signatories and responsible investment practitioners with academic research that is thought-provoking, analyses current thinking and future trends, and provides practical recommendations.

Research Priorities

Our priorities are determined by PRI’s strategy and signatories and with input from the Academic Network Steering Committee. These are the areas in which we work to support PRI’s goals through responsible investment research and activities that bridge the gap between academics and practitioners.

ESG integration

  • How do organisations practice ESG integration?
  • What are the barriers and enablers of ESG integration in the investment value chain? How is this communicated within organisations?
  • The outcome of ESG integration – does it make a difference?

Long term investment

  • Market issues and structural inefficiencies – how can the bar be raised for the investment community as a whole rather than being focused on picking winners?
  • Fiduciary duty
  • Behavioural finance and investment biases
  • Sovereign debt and ESG criteria

ESG engagement

  • What approach works best for engagement, individual or collaborative?
  • What are the barriers to acting in concert and how can they be addressed?
  • The impact of engagement

Financial performance

  • How is high performance achieved?
  • How do organisations do well in responsible investment for their beneficiaries and other stakeholders?
  • Risk management

ESG impact

  • How to measure impact
  • Linkages between investment and its impact
  • The intention of investors and the thinking behind their investment decisions

The Academic Workshop

We are delighted to announce the Academic Network Conference will be part of PRI in Person for the first time, with a full stream dedicated to academic research. The conference will be held on 8-10 September at ICC ExCeL London, enabling the interface between academics and investors to engage, learn and discuss the latest insights, and to network.

PRI is proud to collaborate with The Systemic Risk Centre, based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for the PRI Academic Workshop. This additional event is for PRI signatories, other responsible investment professionals and academics to enhance their knowledge and practices, but also for deeper interactions in a distinct community setting. The Workshop will be held on 11 September.

Both PRI in Person and the Academic Workshop will showcase selected research from the call for papers.

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The Academic Workshop will take place at the Systemic Risk Centre at the London School of Economics and will present papers on :

  • ESG integration
  • Long term investment
  • ESG engagement
  • Financial performance
  • ESG impact

The final agenda will be published on this space shortly.

To register for the Academic Workshop, click here

The Academic Network

The PRI Academic Network is the engagement arm of the programme that connects practitioners and academics in a unique community of interest. It fosters a network of scholars, practitioners, policymakers and students across the Six Principles, such as encouraging research into incorporating ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes, to sharing tools, resources and best practice learning on how to enhance the effectiveness of implementing the Principles.

PRI is proud to collaborate with the following organisations:

FSI-PRI Scholarship for Best Research on Responsible Investment
FIR-PRI Awards – Finance and Sustainability
oikos PRI Young Scholars Finance Academy