Academic research

The PRI's academic research programme supports and develops 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.

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Call for papers for PRI Academic Network Conference 2021

The PRI invites academic researchers to submit papers that focus on responsible investment for the PRI Academic Network Conference 2021. The conference will be held on Monday 13 September 2021 virtually.


Call for applicants for visiting PhD research opportunity

We’re currrently looking for a PhD student to co-author a paper with us on ESG finance. To apply you'll to provide a research proposal of 500 words. The closing date is 7 March 2021.

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Academic Network Conference 2021

A one day conference on 13 September 2021, in Tokyo in person or virtually, providing the latest insights and research on responsible investment practices.

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PRI Academic Seminar Series

Academic Seminar Series 2020/21

The seminar series invites leading ESG experts to present their research to academic scholars and investors.

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  • How corporate social responsibility (CSR) can contribute to company competitiveness

  • Breathing new life into modern portfolio theory


Academic Blogs

Academic blogs

Showcases ESG and sustainable finance-related research in a user-friendly format on a weekly basis.



Academic ESG review

An overview of the most influential and important academic research on economic, social and governance for academics and investors.


Academic ESG data review

Collated data on a wide variety of environmental, social and governance topics used in academic research.

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Top academic resources on responsible investment

A selection of high-quality academic studies on responsible investment curated by the Academic Network Advisory Committee.

Data & research

Reporting Framework

Every year more than 2,500 signatories report on their responsible investment activities via the framework. Public data from the framework is available for academic research purposes.

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Regulation Database

The database covers 500 policy tools and market-led initiatives where environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors have been considered alongside investment.

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Contact us to hear more about our academic research work.