SSFII - Social and Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing Conference 2019


Save the date for the next SSFII as part of the Finance, Risk and Accouting Perspectives running 24.-26. September 2019 in Helsinki !

Looking forward to seeing you there!
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Retrospective to 2015 conference

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2015 Location: Said Business School, Park End Street, OX1 1HP, Oxford, Date: 23. - 24. April 2015
Motto: Bringing together scholars from various disciplines to explore the topic of social and sustainable finance and impact investing, carving out a research agenda and building a strong academic network to advance the field! Small but intense, this feature will provide excellent opportunities to discuss your research with peers and build strong connections!

Link to the OPEN REPOSITORY with the full working papers for the conference + additional materials.
Copyright remains by the authors. Do not distribute or cite without their permission!

Find an early draft of the 2015 SSFII Abstract Proceedings here. For environmental reasons, the Abstract Proceedings will only be published in electronic form.

Handbook from the SSFII Conference 2015:



Group Foto 2015


  • Social and Sustainable Finance, Relevance and Global Governance
  • Impact Investing - Cases, Instruments, Players, Social and Financial Risk and Returns
  • Public Policy and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Environmental Markets and Finance, Stranded Assets and Carbon Markets
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives, e.g. Ethics, CSR, CG, Motives, Identity
  • Crowdfunding and Venture Capital and its social impact
  • Employee ownership, mutual funds and holding companies
  • Social Entrepreneurship, Financing, Scaling and Growing


  • Dr Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
  • Prof Alex Nicholls, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Prof Gordon Clark, Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • Dr Christine Chow, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Prof Othmar M. Lehner, Director, ACRN Oxford Research Centre
  • Dr John Hoffmire, Impact Investment Funds, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Dr Olaf Weber, SEED, University of Waterloo
  • Ximena Escobar de Nogales, Bamboo Finance
  • Dr Michele Giddens, Managing Director, Bridges Ventures


Chairs: Prof Othmar M. Lehner, Prof Alex Nicholls, Prof Gordon Clark
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This conference is in combination with several special issues as publication outlets (optional), amongst of the

  • T&F Routledge Handbook of Social and Sustainable Finance (Editor Othmar M. Lehner),
  • Routledge Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment,
  • Routledge Journal of Social Entrepreneurship,
  • ACRN Oxford Journal of Entrepreneurship Perspectives,
  • ACRN Oxford Journal of Finance and Risk Perspectives, as partner journals.
All accepted papers for a conference presentation are automatically also screened for these additional publication outlets.


Over the last few years, sociological as well as economic developments have combined to raise the level of activities and policy interest in various forms of social and sustainable entrepreneurship, finance and related (impact) investments. However, funding sources and rationales for these initiatives have been neglected so far in the literature as distinct subjects for inquiry. Nevertheless, foundations, individual- and group investors, the global internet-crowd, as well as government agencies have become increasingly interested and willing to support more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable forms of funding and wealth creation.
New institutions and actors have been exploring hybrid logics, mechanisms and rationales for investment that combine social and environmental components of value, together with personal values and the disciplined pursuit of financial returns - this often despite the lack of availability of suitable metrics and instruments for building such portfolios. Public and private philanthropic finance have been explored as a means to encourage and empower innovative private (social)-entrepreneurial activities aiming to deliver social value and at the same time becoming financially independent through market-based activities. However, at the present stage of development there seems to be no rational, efficient global market - more a network of supply, demand, and intermediary groups linking capital and projects. We want to know more about projects, players and their rationales when it comes to social finance and impact investments and the entrepreneurs that deliver the promises.
At the same time sustainable finance addresses a heterogeneous hodgepodge of various investments aiming for environmental, social or economic sustainability, with a strong focus on risk management. While everyone seems to approve its value proposition, few actually agree on the definition and scope of ‘sustainable finance and investment’. Many scholars however see a strong overlap and blurred boundaries between ‘social’ and ‘sustainable’ finance, especially when looking at the societal and economic developments that lead to the emergence of both of these concepts. The third pillar of sustainability, environmental perspectives finally displays a special high relevance given the onset of climate change, and its economic and societal impacts remain far from being comprehended. In all perspectives we are looking for theoretical as well as practical insights, from academia and professionals, from a variety of perspectives.

Some ideas for the topics we are looking for:

The Landscape of Social and Sustainable Finance and Investments
• The ‘Whatness’ and Limits of Sustainable Investment
• Impact Investing, Funding Social Innovation and Related Actors
• Cooperative, Public and Mutual Finance
• Micro-Finance and Micro-Lending
• Venture Philanthropy
• Crowd-Funding and Retail Social Investors
• Environmental Finance and Investment

Challenges, Suggestions, Critiques, and Debates
• Critical Dimensions of Social and Sustainable Finance
• Performance Measurement and Suitable Metrics
• Regulation and Public Policy
• Islamic Finance
• Risk Society and Its Implications
• Hybrid Rationalities and Forms
• Historical Backgrounds on Social and Sustainable Finance
• Discourse Analysis and the Concept of Power
• The Role of Welfare States
• Financial Markets Reforms and Policy Issues
• Corporate governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

Markets and Institutions
• Carbon and Environmental Finance Markets
• Social Entrepreneurship, Financing, Scaling, Growing
• Case studies
• Human rights and Emerging Markets
• Social and Sustainable Banking
• Environmental Accounting
• Stranded Assets and Devaluation Risks
• The Scale - and Scaling of Social Investments
• Crowdfunding as Market
• Neo-Institutionalisms- and Social Origins Perspectives
• Investment Portfolio Construction
• Public Private Partnerships and Public Policies
• Principal Agent Theory and Information Economics
• Social Risk and Impact Management
• Metrics, Instruments and Mathematical Approaches
• Business Models in the Hybrid Venture Area
• CSR markets and Corporate Sustainability monitoring

Wa are also open for related ideas!

Scientific Advisory Board 2014

Prof. Alex Nicholls, SAID Business School, University of Oxford, UK
Prof. Julia Mundy, Centre for Governance, Risk and Accountability, University of Greenwich, UK
Dr. Merav Ozair, NYU, New York University, US
Dr. Matthew Haigh, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK
Dr. Olga Kolokolova, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK
Prof. Minna Martikainen, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Dr. Juha Kansikas, Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Prof. Heimo Losbichler, Department Leader Finance and Accounting, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Dr. Elisabeth Menschl, Senior Lecturer in Research Philosophy and Ethics, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria
Prof. James Ming Chen, College of Law, Michigan State University, USA
Prof. Steven C Michael, University of Illinois, USA
Prof. Shambu Prasad, Professor in Rural Management and Development, Xavier Institute of Management India
Dr. Saadiah Mohamad, Professor of Economics, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA
Dr. Pascal Dey, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Millennium goals that need to be addressed by research on social entrepreneurship and policy