Forthcoming Events


Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment Conference 2019

Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment Conference 2019

3-6th September 2019 | Oxford, UK

The Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme is hosting the 2nd Annual Conference of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI). GRASFI was founded in 2017 to promote multi-disciplinary academic research on sustainable finance and investment. The Alliance consists of 22 global research universities, each with expertise in this emerging field.

Registration for the GRASFI 2019 Conference is now open, and the Conference Committee are seeking 40 high quality papers for the conference with each paper having a 30-minute speaking slot. Within each session papers are likely to come from different disciplines to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration and learning. More details and the Call for Papers can be found on the conference website.


UK-China Green Performance Premium Workshop

3 September 2019 | Oxford, UK

The Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford and the International Institute of Green Finance at the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing are undertaking a joint research project entitled 'The Green Performance Premium (GPP): Examining historical green asset performance and the contribution of ESG-practices to micro- and macro-economic performance'. This is funded by the UK Government.

As part of the project we are hosting a workshop at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford on 3rd September 2019 from 14:00-15:30. The workshop is a side-event of the 2nd Annual Conference of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI). The main conference begins on the 4th September and we are taking advantage of the concentration of researchers in Oxford taking part in the largest ever academic conference on sustainable finance.

As part of the project we are preparing two papers. The first paper examines the default risk of green bank loans. The second research paper investigates the hypothesis that micro-economic performance improvements from the adoption of ESG-related practices could influence macro-economic performance.

We would like to take this opportunity to disseminate early findings, collect inputs from stakeholders, and enhance further collaborations in this area.

We hope you can join us at the University of Oxford. To confirm your place, please RSVP with xiao.zhou@smithschool.ox.ac.uk.


Sustainable Finance for Breakfast (20): A round-table meeting on developments in the sustainable finance space

9 September 2019 | With Ben Caldecott (University of Oxford) and Blake Goud (Responsible Finance & Investment Foundation)

CSFI supporters and guests are invited to join a monthly breakfast event surveying the latest investment, market, policy and regulatory developments in Sustainable Finance. The briefing, led by Ben Caldecott of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, covers (among other things): sector-wide developments; specific innovations that are capturing consumers, investors and regulators' attention; upcoming industry events; and industry gossip (if we have any). If you would like to participate - or share your company's news, please get in touch with Leighton Hughes.


The Alan Turing Institute - Sustainable Finance Interest Group

8 October & 21 November 2019 | The Alan Turing Institute, London

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. It was founded in 2015 and is headquartered at the British Library in London. The Turing has 13 partner universities, including five founders (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL, and Warwick) and eight others that joined in 2018 (Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Queen Mary University of London, Birmingham, Exeter, Bristol, and Southampton).

The Alan Turing Institute has recently established a new Sustainable Finance Interest Group to explore how data science techniques can be deployed to align financial institutions with global environmental sustainability. Interest Groups allow researchers to gather around areas of interest in data science and AI, with the aim to share ideas and knowledge and spark new ideas for collaborations and projects.

We'd like to invite researchers, scholars, and practitioners interested in how data science can support sustainable finance to join our mailing list here.

We would also like to invite interested researchers and scholars from UK-based academic institutions to help organise and shape the activities of the Sustainable Finance Interest Group. If you'd like to contribute in this way, please email us directly here.

A core part of the new Sustainable Finance Interest Group will be regular meetings in London to share the latest research, network, and build research collaborations.

Please do share this with your networks and we hope you can be involved in the new Turing Interest Group.


Public Sector Green Finance Summit 2019

Public Sector Green Finance Summit 2019: Realising the ambition of the UK Green Finance Strategy

17 October 2019 | One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA

In the UK Green Finance Strategy published on 2nd July 2019 the Government announced that it will be strengthening its training for the public sector by organising a public sector conference on green finance, to take place in October 2019.

The UK Government, with support from the University of Oxford and the UK Green Finance Institute, is hosting the first conference focused on green finance and the public sector on the Thursday 17th October 2019 in central London. It will be an opportunity for representatives from central government departments, devolved administrations, local government, regulators, public bodies, UK overseas posts, and officials from key partner governments to come together to explore the role of public policy and the public sector in green finance.


Please also see our event archive for past events.