SOAS University of London

SOAS Joins Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment

23 September 2019

SOAS University of London has joined the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable
Finance and Investment, a network formed of leading research universities. The
Alliance was founded in 2017 to promote multi-disciplinary academic research on
sustainable finance and investment.

Dr Ulrich Volz, the Founding Director of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance,
said: “We are excited to join the Alliance and look forward to collaborating with
researchers from the other member institutions to advance our understanding of how
to best align financial systems with sustainable development and scale up finance for
a just transition to a low-carbon world.”

Professor Rob Bauer of Maastricht University and Dr Ben Caldecott of University of
Oxford, the co-chairs of the Alliance, said: “We are delighted to welcome SOAS into
the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment. SOAS is the
23rd Member University and brings special perspectives and capabilities to the
Alliance, particularly through its work across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. We
look forward to working with Dr Volz and his team to ratchet up the quality and
quantity of research and teaching on sustainable finance.”

The SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance was established in spring 2019 as an
interdisciplinary research hub bundling expertise from across SOAS in sustainable
and climate-related finance and its role in transitioning the world to a low-carbon,
resilient and equitable future. The Centre’s researchers address issues such as
green financial governance; the scaling up of resilience investment in climate
vulnerable economies; climate and environmental risk for public and corporate
investors; climate vulnerability and the cost of capital; financing of the SDGs; and
renewable energy investment. The Centre seeks to develop cutting-edge knowledge
and understanding of climate and sustainable finance in both the Global North and
South and acts as a focal point for economic and policy debates in this area.

Researchers at the Centre were recently awarded research grants on “Sovereign
Risk and Climate Change” (INSPIRE, 2019-2020), “Greening the Eurosystem
Collateral Framework” (INSPIRE, 2019-2020), and “Financial Risk and the Impact of
Climate Change” (Natural Environment Research Council/UK Climate Resilience
Programme, 2019-2020). In July/August, the Centre ran the SOAS Summer School
on Sustainable Finance and Climate Change. In July, the Centre organised three
events as part of London Climate Action Week.