2017/04/03 – 2017/04/04 – Cambridge, USA – FinGeo Workshop and the 2nd FinGeo Global Seminar at MIT – Finance, Geography and Sustainability: Lessons for Urban Planning, Development and Beyond

Organised by: Janelle Knox-Hayes (MIT), Martin Sokol (Trinity College Dublin), Dariusz Wójcik (Oxford)

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The series will bring together leading thinkers to address the crucially important relationship between finance, geography, and sustainability. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis there can be little question of the importance of finance in the modern political economy. At the same time, the increasing significance of geographically grounded patterns of wealth and development inequality highlights the need for scholars and policymakers to address the relationship between finance and geography. Finally, the growing penetration of financial models and logics into environmental policy combined with the escalating consequences of environmental degradation (e.g. climate change) underlines the urgency of scholarly study on the linkage between sustainability and finance. The intent of this workshop is to break new ground, bringing these three issues together in a unique exploration of their interconnections. The workshop will be divided into three themes: environmental, social, and economic sustainability with a half day of breakout sessions and discussion on the final day. The preliminary program for the speaker series and workshop can be found here.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anat Admati, Professor of International Business and Psychology, Princeton University
  • Pratima Bansal, Professor of General Management & Sustainability, Ivey Business School, Western University Canada
  • Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Finance program, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science, MIT
  • Gordon Clark, Professor of Economic Geography and Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University
  • Gary Dymski, Professor of Applied Economics, Leeds University
  • Robert Eccles, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard University
  • Gerald Epstein, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Neil Fligstein, Professor of Economic Sociology, University of California at Berkeley
  • Deborah Frieze, Co-Founder of the Boston Impact Initiative
  • William Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Katherina Pistor, Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
  • Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, Boston College
  • Elke Weber, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
  • David Weil, Professor of Markets, Public Policy and Law, Questrom School of Business, Boston University
  • Elvin Wyly, Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia

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