Current Projects and Activities

Research Network for Sustainable Finance

NASA

The Research Network for Sustainable Finance will conduct academic and policy-based research on issues that relate to financial market regulation and environmental and social sustainability. Related areas of research will include the governance of financial institutions and markets and their relevance to sustainability. Research projects supported will be both discipline based and interdisciplinary. The network will also facilitate applications for academic research grants and for contracts to conduct policy-based research. Guided by a research advisory panel consisting of representatives from top research universities and institutes, the network will conduct outreach with practitioner bodies in the financial sector, and with governmental and non-governmental bodies. 

Environmental Sustainability and Financial Regulation

This project represents a new research initiative to analyse how financial regulation and legal frameworks can support environmental sustainability and mitigate climate change risks. The research will address the role of bank governance, and the fiduciary duties of investors and company boards to support sustainable finance.

Research Project on Global Financial Governance and Macro-prudential Regulation

This research project analysed the implications of macro-prudential regulation and ensuing challenges when applied to the global financial markets.

Program - Meeting on Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in Global Governance (February 26-27, 2015) (PDF, 285 KB)

Global Financial Governance (Early Draft, February 2015) (PDF, 280 KB)

Link to Cambridge Press

UN Research Project on Basel III and Sustainability

Professor Kern Alexander is leading a research project sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the University of Cambridge analysing the Basel Capital Accord's (also known as ‘Basel III’) impact on lending for clean energy projects. Based on this analysis, the project produced a report in 2014 explaining the research findings and making recommendations for how Basel III can be modified and/or how optimal financing structures can be devised to support bank lending for environmentally sustainable projects that help achieve international climate change objectives. His research is also concerned with the macro-prudential economic effects of bank capital regulation on certain areas of sustainable finance.

Link to CISL

Link to Report