oikos Young Scholars Finance Academy 2017

Oikos and the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich will convene the 7th oikos Young Scholars Finance Academy from September 4-6, 2017, in Zurich, Switzerland. The finance academy is a unique platform to support young researchers in finance and sustainability to advance their work and expand their international research and professional network. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.

Call for Applications
The oikos Young Scholar Finance Academy provides an intensive experience of learning and academic exchange on research topics around finance and sustainability. Participants will benefit from presenting and discussing their work with leading academics who will provide structured feedback and advice. The event will also include workshops by faculty members on the most recent developments of sustainable finance research, social activities as well as a roundtable with practitioners in the field.

Participants and Topics
The academy welcomes the submission of working papers addressing topics related to sustainability and finance. To allow for in-depth discussions, places are limited to 15 PhD and post-doctoral researchers from universities worldwide. The submission of studies adopting multidisciplinary approaches is strongly encouraged. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
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CFP: Workshop on “Finance against environmental crises?”

Finance as a response to global environmental crises? Critical analysis of the ‘economicization’ of carbon emissions and biodiversity”

A conference hosted by the Centre for Globalisation and Governance, Universität Hamburg, Germany, 29 Nov-1 Dec 2017

Conveners: Eve Chiapello (EHESS Paris) and Anita Engels (Universität Hamburg)

In this conference we look at the ways finance is applied to convert capitalism from the source of global environmental crises into a provider of responses to these crises. Reaching a zero-carbon emission economy and maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem integrity are presented by international organizations and national policymakers as decisive goals for the future of humankind. While it is clear that such goals cannot be achieved without radical transformations in the established forms of social organization associated with the operation of the global economy, modes of production and consumption, and more generally dominant ways of life and value systems, they are also said to require the ‘enrolment’ of major economic actors to realize massive new investments in ‘green’ technologies and ‘sustainable’ infrastructures. The industrial and financial sectors have historically been part of the framing and making of the present situation. Also, since the 1970s, those sectors have played a growing role in the definition, government and management of environmental problems. This may explain why there are so many initiatives, tools and instruments, programs and projects that rely on economic and/or financial instruments, such as carbon trading schemes, green bonds, the carbon divestment movement, compensation finance and ecosystem services finance, REDD+ contracts, and venture capital for sustainability.

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Ethics and Trust in Finance Prize

The call for papers for the Ethics & Trust in Finance Prize 2016-2017 edition is now open. The competition invites creative papers, which may be submitted in English or French, setting out analyses or proposals for innovative ways to promote ethics in finance. We have already published 48 papers, we look forward that your contribution becomes our next publication and as in the last editions, a prize of USD 20,000 is allocated for the winners.

After 10 years,  the adventure of the Robin Cosgrove Prize continues… but under a slightly modified name “Ethics and Trust in Finance”. As in previous editions, the Prize promotes greater awareness among young people throughout the world concerning the benefits of ethics in finance, and encourages high-quality management of banking, insurance and financial services based on trust and integrity. Launched in 2006 and now in its 6th Edition, the global competition for the Prize for Innovative Ideas for Ethics in Finance is open to young people, aged 35 years or younger, from throughout the world.

Papers are welcome until July 31, 2017. Please go to www.ethicsinfinance.org/how-to-enter/

CFP: Special Issue on “Financial Markets and the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy”

This special Issue of Organization & Environment seeks to advance an emerging field of research on the financial sector and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The COP 21 in November 2015 in Paris has intensified the reciprocal influences between the financial world and issues around climate change. Even the 2°C threshold has been discussed and it is now acknowledged that “efforts [should be pursued] to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels” (UNFCCC, 2015). One of the main efforts consists in a cumulative investment of $53 trillion in energy supply and energy efficiency over the period from 2014 to 2035 (International Energy Agency, 2014). This consists both in a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy investments but also in much more investments in energy efficiency.

If the objectives in terms of carbon emissions and technologies deployment to keep the global average rise in temperature below 2°C are well defined (International Energy Agency, 2014; Meinshausen et al., 2009) –even if some space remains for alternative scenarios regarding specific technologies like Nuclear or Carbon Capture and Storage– the process to get there is not yet clear.

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Call for Abstracts: Workshop on Social Finance, Impact Investing and the Financialization of the Public Interest

https://www.ehess.fr/fr/node/9746

We welcome paper proposals for an academic conference in Hamburg, Germany

Social Finance, Impact Investing, and the Financialization of the Public Interest

A conference hosted by Hamburg University, Centre for Globalisation and Governance, Germany

Date: 23-24 March 2017

Conveners: Eve Chiapello (EHESS Paris) and Lisa Knoll (University of Hamburg)

Submission deadline for paper proposals to siconf2017(at)ehess.fr : 2 November 2016 500 to 800 words plus references. Continue reading

CFP: Philosophy of Economics Section at DGPhil

We invite submissions for the Philosophy of Economics section at the XXIV. Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil) to be held from the 24th to the 27th of September 2017 in Berlin.

Potential topics for the Philosophy of Economics section range from the philosophical foundations of economic theories and explanations, via critical analyses of economic structures, the reflection on the relation between economy and society from the perspective of social philosophy, to issues of business ethics and normative questions of economic governance. Potential questions include: Continue reading

CFP: Special Issue on “Ethics in Financial Markets”

Global Finance Journal, Call for Papers

Guest Editor: Hoje Jo, Santa Clara University

In corporate finance and investment practices, corporate social responsibility (CSR), socially responsible investing (SRI), and business ethics have become a crucial part of managerial concerns for firms around the world because the issues of social responsibility, business ethics, sustainability, socially responsible investing, employee relations, workforce diversity, climate change, and the environment have emerged as some of the most important factors for managerial decision making in recent years. However, there has been considerable debate over whether CSR activities can be beneficial for shareholder value.

There are two competing explanations: agency theory and stakeholder value maximization theory. Continue reading