Call for Papers: Promoting Sustainable Finance

Call for Papers: Promoting Sustainable Finance

November 19 2018

European Commission Conference on

“Promoting Sustainable Finance”

January 8-9, 2019 Brussels

(deadline 7 December 2018)



The Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance and the Community of Practice in Financial Research (CoPFiR), both set up by the European Commission, are pleased to announce a call for papers for a Conference on "Promoting Sustainable Finance". The conference will be held on January 8-9, 2019, at the European Commission’s Berlaymont headquarters in Brussels.
The purpose of the two-day event is to allow researchers to present policy-relevant empirical papers and to promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge between academics, professionals and policy makers on how to mobilise the necessary financing for green and sustainable investments.


Deadline for submission of extended abstracts or full papers: December 7, 2018. Notification of paper acceptance: December 19, 2018.
Deadline to submit full papers and presentations: December 30, 2018 Conference dates: January 8-9, 2019. 


The adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development marks a historical international commitment to the objective of a more sustainable economy and society. In this context, the financial system has a key role to play. Re-orienting finance to more sustainable investments is crucial to achieve climate and other environmental and societal policy goals. Long-term competitiveness and durable growth cannot be fostered without an equally sustainable finance. At the same time, financial risks stemming from environmental risks including climate change and resource depletion need to be managed.

While policy initiatives on sustainable finance are advancing at the European level, there is a strong need for research shedding light on substantive sustainable finance issues. Manuscripts are encouraged on a variety of research questions relating but not limited to the four TEG workstreams: Taxonomy; Green Bonds; Benchmarks; Climate-Related Disclosures.


Click here to review the (34) questions posed in the call for papers.



ECGI Research Members Prof. Bo Becker (Stockholm School of Economics) and Prof. Pedro Matos (Darden School of Business, University of Virginia) have confirmed their participation.


European Commission Vice-President Valdis DombrovskisMartin Spolc (Head of the Capital Markets Union unit, DG FISMA), and Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt (Head of Hermes EOS) have confirmed their participation.


Extended abstracts or, preferably, full papers should be submitted by December 7, 2018.

To submit an extended abstract or paper, please send an email to ccing with “Submission Sustainable Finance Conference” in the email’s subject line. There is no submission fee.

The cover page should include the title of the paper, affiliation, address, phone and email address of the corresponding author, an abstract and JEL classifications.

Authors of papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be notified by December 19, 2018.


The organizing committee of the conference includes TEG Member Prof. Andreas G. F. Hoepner and JRC Unit B1 staff. Should you have any questions, please contact


Read the full call for papers