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 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.

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Postponed: PRI Academic Network Conference

With the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, signatories, speakers and delegates our primary concern, and in light of the continuing impact of COVID-19, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Academic Network Conference 2020.

The conference will take place on 13 September 2021 at the International Convention Centre Pamir, Takanawa, Tokyo, Japan. We plan to open registrations early in the new year and will share further details in due course.

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.

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Academic network conference highlights

The changes to capital markets needed to meet the global sustainability objectives must be underpinned by high quality research. The articles here represent a cornerstone of PRI’s efforts to foster research and to build bridges between the academic and practitioner communities.

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.