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.

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2018 papers and presentations

2017 papers and presentations

PRI-funded research

Just transition

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


A ‘just transition’ for workers and communities as the world’s economy responds to climate change was included as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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 socioeconomic issues of our time.

How ESG engagement creates value for investors and companies

How ESG engagement creates value for investors and companies


This piece of research, commissioned by the PRI, looks at how ESG engagement creates value for both companies and investors, amid growing evidence that engagement by investors with companies on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues can create shareholder value.

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Call for Papers 2019


We are calling for papers on responsible investment topics to showcase at the 11th PRI Academic Network Conference, in Paris on 9 September 2019.

The PRI will be granting awards for best qualitative paper, best quantitative paper and best student paper.

Deadline for submissions 5 April 2019.

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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 Conference 2019: partnership opportunities

The PRI is offering a suite of exciting partnership packages for the Academic Network Conference 2019.

Each partnership offers organisations the opportunity to showcase commitment and associate themselves with expertise and research in responsible investment whilst gaining exposure to peers and thought leaders through branding, hosting networking engagements, supporting prizes and bursaries.

For more details, please contact us.

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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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How and where will millennials invest?


Modern portfolio theory is core to finance and how we invest, but in its practical application ESG factors are merely “externalities,” therefore how can responsible investment ever become “investment” if education treats responsible investment as a module – or does not feature at all?

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