This platform explores how financial markets can be put to work for a sustainable development.
The financial system plays a key role for reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030). Not only will the transformation require large amounts of capital to be shifted in order to make the necessary investments in for example infrastructure and low-carbon solutions, but we also need to better understand how to include more long-term perspectives into financial analysis and decision making, how to include environmental, social and governance issues into financial models and to the capital market conversation, as well as how efficient different “sustainable” investment strategies are and what their impact may be in the real economy. These are some of the key questions that we are addressing in this platform.
The research platform consists of two separate research programs: Mistra Financial Systems, and Vinnova Green Finance. Additionally, the platform includes a number of individual research projects.
Partnerships and affiliations
Since 2017, we are a part of Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre. It is a collaboration between Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm Environment Institute, funded by the Swedish government, centred on research, education, innovation and engagement. It aims to accelerate and promote the shift in capital investments required to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate targets.
Stockholm School of Economics is a member of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment, founded in 2017 to promote multi-disciplinary academic research on sustainable finance and investment. The Alliance consists of global research universities, each with expertise in this emerging field.
We are also members of the Northern European Partnership for Sustainable Finance (NEPSF). It has been established as an international collaboration designed to ensure that Northern Europe continues to be the centre of innovation in sustainable finance and investment and drives progress internationally.
Emma Sjöström is the platform manager for sustainable finance and a research fellow at Misum. Her research centers on sustainable investment, and how the financial market can be used as an arena for supporting a sustainable development. Currently, she is conducting research on investor engagement with utility companies on phasing out coal. Emma Sjöström is also writing teaching cases on sustainability and sustainable finance, to be used in the education at the SSE.