Academic research

The PRI's academic research programme provides grant funding to support and develop innovative responsible investment research, showcases research findings for an investor audience and convenes a vibrant, global community of nearly 4,000 academics and investors through the Academic Network. To hear more about our academic research work, contact us.

Academic Network Conference

PRI Academic Network Conference 2018

The Academic Network Conference brings academics and investors together to discuss the latest development in responsible investment research and how they can be applied in practice. To find out more about the conference and to register, click here.

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The PRI is offering a suite of exciting partnership packages for the Academic Network Conference 2019, offering organisations the opportunity to gain exposure to peers and thought leaders through branding, hosting networking engagements, supporting prizes and bursaries. For more details, please download the brochure or contact us.

Top academic research

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High quality research can inform practice and give a better understanding of ESG risks, opportunities and impacts, thereby increasing the effectiveness of investment practices. However, as navigating academic research can be a challenge for investors, the PRI Academic Network Advisory Committee has curated a selection of rigorous and high-quality academic studies.

Top academic resources on responsible investment

Strategy and tactics for effective engagement

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Bridging the gap between investors and academics

PRI-funded research

Just transition

Climate change and the just transition: a guide for investor action


How investors can pursue a just transition for workers and communities as the world’s economy responds to climate change.

Income inequality

Why and how investors can respond to income inequality


Institutional investors are increasingly realising that income inequality – the gap in income and wealth between the very affluent and the rest of society – has become one of the most noteworthy socio-economic issues of our time.

How ESG engagement creates value for investors and companies

How ESG engagement creates value for investors and companies


There is growing evidence that engagement by investors with companies on ESG issues can create shareholder value.

Funding opportunities

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The PRI invites expressions of interest from academic researchers to explore how executive pay can drive and deliver corporate sustainability in the long term.

Deadline to submit is 21 June (5pm BST).

Call for research

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Encouraging responsible tax behaviour: What investors need to know


Investors want to know their portfolio companies are paying taxes in line with their business activities, as aggressive tax planning costs governments billions of dollars of revenue, and creates market distortions in both developed and developing countries.


RI Quarterly: Spotlight on the new members of the PRI Academic Network Advisory Committee


The Academic Network Advisory Committee includes both leading academics as well as investment practitioners that guide and support the work of the Academic Network, which has over 4,000 members globally.

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The future of responsible investment and modern portfolio theory


This is the winning essay of a student competition issued by the PRI on “How and where will millennials invest: the missing link between RI and financial education”. Shortlisted articles were presented by the students at PRI in Person 2018 in San Francisco. The authors are Saphira Rekker and Anne-Claire ...

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Technology and ethics: what should investors consider?


Technology has improved our standard of living, but the rapid pace of development has also created ethical dilemmas for companies and poses significant challenges for regulatory bodies.

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Academic Network Online

Academic Network Online
The Academic Network Online matches investors with academics according to academic discipline and investment expertise.

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