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.

To hear more about our academic research work, contact us.

The PRI Academic Week

The PRI Academic Network will be hosting a virtual 5 day academic week, October 5th - 9th

We are excited to announce the launch of the PRI Academic Week, a 5-day virtual event taking place between 5-9 October. This free-to-attend event will share the latest ESG research moderated by members of the PRI Academic Network. All papers will be discussed by both an academic and practitioner.

  • October 5th: COVID and Grand Challenges - Moderated by Prof. Pedro Matos, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  • October 6th:Responsible Investors - Moderated by Prof. Fabrizio Ferraro, IESE Business School, University of Navarra
  • October 7th: Shareholder Engagement & Environmental Politics - Moderated by Prof. Laura Starks, McCombs School of Business, UT Austin
  • October 8th: Climate Finance - Moderated by Prof. Christina Ahmadjian, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University
  • October 9th: Corporate Governance - Moderated by Prof. Caroline Flammer, Questrom School of Business, Boston University

Please see the full draft agenda and registration details.

Academic Network Conference

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. The next conference will take place September 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.



Academic ESG-Review

This tool provides an overview of academic research on ESG topics, for both academics and investors to gain a better understanding of the variety of material available.


Academic ESG data review

This tool aims to provide an overview of ESG related data for both academics and investors to gain a better understanding of the variety of data available.

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Top academic resources on responsible investment

The PRI Academic Network Advisory Committee has curated a selection of rigorous and high-quality academic studies in the areas of: ESG integration, corporate engagement, the performance impact of specific ESG issues, and reporting and regulation.

Data & research

PRI Reporting Framework Data Access

Every year more than 2500 signatories report on their responsible investment activities via the PRI Reporting Framework making it the largest global data sat on responsible investment.

The public data from the Reporting Framework is now available for academic research purposes.

More information about the academic application process can be found here.

PRI Global Responsible Investment Regulation Database Access

Our Global Responsible Investment Regulation Database covers 500 policy tools and market-led initiatives. It indicates the year of implementation, the responsible authority, whether the measure is voluntary or mandatory and if it addresses ESG issues in isolation.

If you are interested in acquiring this database, please contact us

Internal Research

The PRI Research team has several ongoing academic research projects.

Alongside research, the team has established a PhD Graduate Programme. The programme is aimed at PhD students in the dissertation stage of their studies with an interest in responsible investment research. To find out more about this programme, please contact us.