Sustainable Finance Foundation Course 2018

We are inviting applications for our Sustainable Finance Foundation Course (SFFC) in 2018. You can apply here.

The SFFC was launched in 2016 has been designed and developed by the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme as an introduction to sustainable finance for current and future leaders working in a range of sectors, for example: staff at environmental NGOs who would like to help the global financial system create better environmental outcomes; civil servants and regulators working to develop policies that can foster the development of sustainable finance; executives working in financial institutions that need an introduction to sustainability, the environment, and climate change as they relate to finance and investment; philanthropic funders looking to navigate sustainable finance topics so as to support the most impactful activities; and trustees or company directors that want to understand how sustainable finance relates to their fiduciary duties.

The residential workshop will provide a foundational knowledge in the emerging theories and practice of sustainable finance and investment. It will arm participants with sufficient understanding to navigate and critically analyse the key aspects and developments in sustainable finance and investment, as well as how to engage with financial sector stakeholders for collaboration.

You will have the chance to:

  • Engage critically with systems and theories in sustainable finance and investment such as: active ownership, carbon bubble, climate finance, conservation finance, disclosure, divestment, engagement, ESG, green banks, green bonds, green indices, impact investing, public private partnerships, reporting, responsible investment, and stranded assets.
  • Translate knowledge, information, and objectives from your work into evidence and motivation for engagement with the financial sector.
  • Frame your objectives in a way that is meaningful to financial decision-makers, exploring questions around: how financial engagement fits with your organisation's broader strategy; and where opportunities for environmental leadership can be expanded.
  • Learn from, challenge, and engage in conversation with leading Oxford faculty and expert practitioners who blend research with experience. They will make palatable cutting-edge theory on sustainable finance and investment using a combination of real world case studies, presentations, online simulations, and debate styled under the Oxford Union.
  • Embark on the unique 'Oxford experience' and explore first-hand the richness that the city has to offer including candlelit college dinners and the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the global homes of education.

The course is centred around a four-day residential workshop held at Brasenose College at the University of Oxford from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th September 2018. Over the subsequent six to nine months, participants engage in an extended learning project implementing a real-world project related to finance and sustainability. The course is developing a global network of practitioners working at the intersection of finance and the environment.

The course fee is 3,000 per person which includes all teaching costs, en-suite accommodation at an Oxford college, breakfast, lunch and several dinners. It does not include the cost of travel to and from Oxford, visas, or any personal expenses you may incur. Discounts may be available if three or more individuals from a single organisation enrol. To discuss these, as well as further partnership opportunities such as bespoke variations of the course then please contact us.

To apply, please see the Sustainable Finance Foundation Course webpage.

Graduate Students

Each year the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme supervises or co-supervises a small number of University of Oxford graduate students from the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE). Occasionally we will co-supervise graduate students from other departments at the University of Oxford. We do not directly admit students, so please apply for graduate courses via the SoGE International Graduate School. We also very occasionally hire graduate students as part-time research assistants and provide bursaries where graduate research is directly aligned with our research priorities.

If you are already admitted or enrolled at the University of Oxford, please contact Dr Ben Caldecott, Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, if you are interested in joining our research team and include an up-to-date CV and statement of suitability in any such expressions of interest.