About the GRASFI 2021 Conference

The 4th Annual GRASFI Conference in 2021 is being organised by the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF) of the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) from September 1-3, 2021 as a virtual event. This will be the first GRASFI conference in an emerging economy and the first in Asia, one of the most dynamic regions for sustainable finance and investment.

 The Paris Climate Change Agreement, the 2030 Agenda and the Aichi targets/the post-2020 biodiversity framework aim to set policymakers, the private sector, and civil society on a common path to advance global environmental sustainability and human wellbeing.

In this context, academic research into sustainable finance and investment plays a crucial role to provide evidence-based theory and practice to guide global cooperation efforts in an effective direction. This research must come from a diverse range of approaches and fields in order to constructively address what are extremely complicated and multi-disciplinary problems in the sustainability and finance fields.

Session Themes

Adaptation and resilience; Biodiversity and nature; Central banks, regulation and supervision; Data and metrics; Emerging markets; Environmental and climate risk analysis; Financial disclosure and reporting; Green and resilient recovery; Sustainable sectors (agriculture, healthcare, infrastructure investment, etc.); FinTech; Taxonomies; Transition finance; International cooperation; Corporate sustainable performance.

Paper Prizes


GRASFI Best Paper Prize (sponsored by BNP Paribas Asset Management)

GRASFI Best Sustainable Investment Research Prize (sponsored by the CFA Institute)

GRASFI Best Novel Methods Paper Prize (sponsored by  Ma Anshan Rural Commercial Bank)

GRASFI Best PhD Paper Prize (sponsored by the CFA Institute) 

GRASFI Best Asset Pricing Paper Prize (sponsered by the Deutsche Börse Group)


Conference Committee

Executive Committee

Professor Rob Bauer, Maastricht University

Dr Ben Caldecott, University of Oxford

Dr Christoph Nedopil, Central University of Finance and Economics

Professor Ulrich Volz, SOAS, University of London

Professor WANG Yao, Central University of Finance and Economics

Academic Committee

Professor Rob Bauer, Maastricht University

Professor Kerstin Lopatta, University of Hamburg

Dr Christoph Nedopil, Central University of Finance and Economics

Conference Committee

Professor Alexander Bassen, University of Hamburg

Professor Daniel Bradlow, University of Pretoria

Professor CHEN Shiyi, Fudan University

Professor David Glenn Fernandez, Singapore Management University

Dr LI Jing, Tsinghua University

Martina Linnenluecke, Macquirie University

Dr MA Jun, Tsinghua University

Dr Lisa Sachs, Columbia University

Dr SUN Tianyin, Tsinghua University

Professor Olaf Weber, University of Waterloo

Professor WEI Ping, Central South University

Dr ZHANG Junjie, Kunshan Duke University


The GRASFI 2021 Conference is generously supported by:

Paper prizes supported by: