56 Sep 09:00
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Inaugural Conference, Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment

The Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI), a new network of global research universities established to promote rigorous and highly impactful academic research on sustainable finance and investment, is holding its inaugural conference at the European Centre for Corporate Engagement (ECCE) at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics.

The conference, which is entitled “Managing and Financing Responsible Businesses”, will host papers on sustainability with major contributions to complementary disciplines such as finance, accounting, management, strategy and development economics.

The Conference Committee encourages submissions of thought-provoking working papers with theoretical, empirical, or methodological and research-design contributions. Examples of topics include:

  • The business of business:  profit, purpose, and alternative organizational forms
  • Making sustainability an integral part of companies: implications for strategy, management, finance & accounting
  • Climate change: implications for businesses and institutional investors
  • The role of corporate governance mechanisms and active ownership in promoting sustainability
  • Impact investing: measuring social impact alongside business results
  • Behavioural factors affecting individuals and the sustainability of markets
  • Philanthropy and effective altruism
  • Big data, FinTech and financial innovation for sustainability
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Best paper awards in certain areas are being finalised and further details will be made available in due course.

Keynote Speakers:

Alex Edmans (London Business School)
Tima Bansal (Ivey Business School)

Conference Programme Committee
Rob Bauer, Jaap Bos, Jeroen Derwall, Paul Smeets, Clemens Kool, Bart Verspagen (Maastricht University), Nadja Günster (University of Münster), Philip Krüger (University of Geneva), Sébastien Pouget (Toulouse School of Economics), Gordon Clark (University of Oxford), Ivan Diaz-Rainey (University of Otago), Charles Donovan (Imperial College), Samuel Hartzmark (University of Chicago), Chendi Zhang (University of Warwick, Caroline Flammer (Boston University), David Robinson (Duke University) and Ben Caldecott (University of Oxford).

Conference Schedule

September 5:
The conference will start with a PhD seminar (during the day). PhDs are invited to submit papers or project ideas on the same topics. A selection of PhDs will be invited to present their papers or projects. Professor Edmans and Professor Bansal will also give a lecture in the PhD program. The main conference kicks off in the evening with a keynote by Professor Alex Edmans followed by an informal dinner.

September 6:
Professor Tima Bansal will start the full conference day with plenary sessions and limited parallel sessions, followed by a conference dinner.

September 7:
GRASFI Member University participants will stay in Maastricht to discuss future plans for the Alliance.

More detailed information will follow soon.


A conference fee of €250 applies to all presenters, discussants, and conference participants. There is no paper submission fee for the conferences.

Hotel booking, venues and route description

The venue of the conference will be located just outside Maastricht at Chateau St. Gerlach. Transportation from Maastricht city centre will be arranged.
A selection of hotels in Maastricht will be made available shortly.

Contact Information

Els van Aernsbergen
+31 43 3883871

Francien Schijlen
+31 43 3883556