The PRI invites academic researchers to submit papers that focus on responsible investment for the PRI Academic Network Week 2021. The conference will be held on 13-17 September 2021 virtually. The deadline for submission has passed and the call for papers is closed. Applicants have been notified and speakers will be announced soon.

The event is an opportunity for academics and investors to engage with each other, learn and discuss the latest insights, and to network.

Paper topics

Papers should focus on the following topics:

The development of a sustainable financial system

  • ESG investing and investment horizons
  • Risk management in the context of RI
  • ESG‐related regulatory developments (for e.g. EU sustainable finance)
  • Fiduciary duty
  • Sustainable pension systems
  • The role of financial regulators
  • Transition risks

The role of responsible investment in meeting global goals

  • SDGs
  • Investing for impact / outcomes
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Lobbying
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Climate change
  • Energy transition
  • Biodiversity and conservation

ESG integration

  • Financial performance
  • Fixed income and ESG investment performance
  • Behavioural finance and investment biases: implications for RI

ESG engagement

  • Corporate reporting (e.g. TCFD) and ESG disclosure
  • Engagement strategies
  • Hard to abate sectors and corporate emission reductions
  • Incentives, corporate culture and long-term value creation

We encourage both theoretical and empirical contributions from diverse disciplines such as accounting, economics, finance, law, management, and other subjects in the social and natural sciences.

Review criteria

We’ll review submissions according to this criteria:

  • Contribution to responsible investment research
  • Originality of subject of study or approach
  • Methodological strength
  • The practical significance of the research

Conference papers will be judged in a double‐blind review process by the PRI Academic Network Committee, which is composed of academics and practitioners, and the Conference Committee:

Caroline Flammer (conference chair)
Associate Professor of Strategy & Innovation, and Dean’s Research Scholar
Questrom School of Business, Boston University

Pedro Matos
Professor of Business Administration (Finance), and John G. Macfarlane Family Chair
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Laura Starks
Professor of Finance, Charles E. & Sarah M. Seay Regents’ Chair in Finance
McCombs School of Business, University of Texas Austin


10 September 2021 Presentation slides to be sent to the PRI ahead of the conference

Find more information and the agenda for the event here.



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