Centre for Sustainable Finance
The SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance aims to advance the transition to an equitable, low-carbon economy by providing a forum for interdisciplinary research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment.
Located in the SOAS Department of Economics, the centre seeks to enhance knowledge and understanding of sustainable finance in both the Global North and South and act as a focal point for policy debates in this area.
Centre members are working with and funded by national and international partners, including:
- the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council
- Economic and Social Research Council
- Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
- United Nations Environmental Programme
- MAVA Foundation
- ClimateWorks Foundation
- European Climate Foundation
- Alliance for Financial Inclusion
- World Resources Institute
Centre members have convened major capacity building and executive training programmes in sustainable finance and climate risk for numerous central banks and commercial financial institutions. Centre members have also convened courses in climate negotiations, climate finance and sustainable finance for the UK FCDO and the UK Cabinet Office.
As part of its commitment to educating the next generation of sustainable finance scholars and practitioners, the centre runs an annual Summer School on Sustainable Finance and Climate Change and a master’s course on Green Finance.
Research and collaboration
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Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery
The Debt Relief for a Green and Inclusive Recovery Project is a collaboration between the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance, the Boston University Global Development Policy Center and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Utilizing rigorous research, the DRGR Project seeks to develop systemic approaches to both resolve the debt crisis and advance a just transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy in partnership with policymakers, thought leaders and civil society around the world.
Scaling Up Green Investment in the Global South: Strengthening Domestic Financial Resource Mobilisation and Attracting Patient International Capital
The research project will provide evidence-based analysis that will help to design policies that will support the scaling up of sustainable investment in the Global South.
INSPIRE Sustainable Central Banking Toolbox Policy Briefing Paper Series
Policy briefing paper series designed to support central bankers and financial supervisors in calibrating monetary, prudential and other instruments in accordance with sustainability goals.
Financing the management of short-lived climate pollutants
Developing a financial mechanism for the end-of-life management of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS).
Climate change and central bank asset purchases
This project provides the first integrated analysis of how the corporate bond holdings of the Bank of England and the European Central Bank can become climate-aligned. Using backward and forward-looking indicators, the project assesses the attempts of the BoE and the ECB to decarbonise their corporate bond portfolios and analyses alternative options that move explicitly beyond market neutrality and are more ambitious from a climate neutrality perspective.
Economic valuation of climate adaptation and resilience-building
Investigating the costs and full benefits of climate adaptation interventions and quantifying the triple dividend of resilience (TDR).
Financial risk and the impact of climate change
Developing a robust characterisation, quantification and communication of climate-related transition risks.
Sovereign risk and climate change
Investigating how climate risk impacts upon sovereign credit risk and debt sustainability, and assessing the implications from a financial regulation and central banking perspective.
Greening the Eurosystem collateral framework
Investigating how the Eurosystem collateral could become greener, as well as what implications this would have for credit conditions and investment in the Eurozone.
European central banking and achieving EU climate-neutrality 2050
A study on the alignment of European central banking and prudential supervision with the objective of achieving climate-neutrality in the European Union by 2050.
Climate change and the cost of capital in developing countries
An assessment of the relationship between climate vulnerability, sovereign credit profiles, and the cost of capital in developing countries.
Environmental, social and governance improvement for Chinese overseas investment
Evaluating, understanding, and managing environmental, social and governance risks in Chinese overseas infrastructure projects.