International workshop on sustainable finance

International workshop on sustainable finance
Donostia-San Sebastián

The Organizing Committee is currently inviting submission of papers for the INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE FINANCE to be held 7th September 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain.

Submission is done electronically. Please submit your paper (in pdf) to this link by June 20th, 2018.

Aims and Scope

Sustainable finance seeks to increase the contribution of finance to sustainable and inclusive growth. In particular, it aims to support economic growth while reduces pressures on the environment, addresses green-house gas emissions and tackling pollution, and improves efficiency in the use of natural resources. Moreover, sustainable finance aspires to strengthen financial stability and asset pricing by improving the assessment and management of long-term material risks and intangible drivers of value creation – including those related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.

The workshop aims to provide a forum for debate among researchers and policy makers from around the world on recent developments in various aspects of sustainable finance. Topics of special interest, although not limited to the ones below, are:

(1) the role of banks: potential topics include the appropriateness of the capital framework for project finance and specialized lending, possibility of a ‘green adjustment’ for minimum capital requirements (e.g., lower capital requirements for green bonds and green loans), reinforcement of Pillars II and III of prudential regulation with regard to sustainability, effect of ethics and/or governance on banks’ financial performance, etc.;
(2) the role of insurance companies and pension funds: consideration of adjusting Solvency II to enable greater investment by insurance companies in sustainable equity and long-term assets could be explored;
(3) the role of asset managers: as asset managers are uniquely placed to help capital flow towards more sustainable investments, potential research questions may include how asset managers could integrate ESG factors into their strategy;
(4) the role of credit rating agencies and stock exchanges: long-term sustainability risks and opportunities should move from an ‘add-on’ consideration to a ‘built-in’ feature in ratings. Additionally, much more can be done to promote sustainability by stock exchanges, e.g., they could support the growth of the green bond market by encouraging the development and application of robust standards;
(5) the role of supervisors: include aspects such as the develop of a classification system for sustainable assets; the establishment of a standard and label for green bonds and other sustainable assets, the reinforcement of ESG reporting requirements, the enhancing of the role of the supervisors in assessing ESG-related risks, etc.

Journal Special Issue

The Sustainability (journal) ( will publish a special issue containing up to 10 selected papers of high quality. All papers accepted for publication (after peer-review and possible revision of the manuscript) will have a 50% discount on the article processing charge.

Impact Factor: 1.789 (2016 JCR)

Important Dates & deadlines

Original papers can be submitted until this date: 20th June, 2018
Notification of acceptance: 5th July, 2018
Early registration deadline: 20th July, 2018
Welcome and sessions: 7th September, 2018


  • Laura Baselga-Pascual
    University of Deusto (Spain)
  • Nebojsa Dimic
    University of Vaasa (Finland)
  • Wojciech Kamil Przychodzen
    University of Deusto (Spain)
  • Antonio Trujillo-Ponce
    Pablo de Olavide University (Spain)


  • Shaker Ahmed
    University of Vaasa (Finland)
  • Laura Baselga-Pascual
    University of Deusto (Spain)
  • Nebojsa Dimic
    University of Vaasa (Finland)
  • Veda Fatmy
    University of Vaasa (Finland)
  • Angela Gallo
    City, University of London (United Kingdom)
  • Fernando Gómez-Bezares-Pascual
    University of Deusto (Spain)
  • Pilar Gómez-Fernández-Aguado
    Universidad de Jaén (Spain)
  • Wojciech Kamil Przychodzen
    University of Deusto (Spain)
  • Mitsuhiko Nakano
    University of St Andrews (Japan)
  • Olga del Orden-Olasagasti
    University of Deusto (Spain)
  • María José Palacín Sánchez
    University of Seville (Spain)
  • Min Park
    University of Exeter (United Kingdom)
  • Reyes Samaniego-Medina
    Pablo de Olavide University (Spain)
  • Antonio Trujillo-Ponce
    Pablo de Olavide University (Spain)
  • Emilia Vähamaa
    Hanken School of Economics (Finland)
  • Sami Vähämaa
    University of Vaasa (Finland)


Registration can be made online at TBA. Further instructions will be provided to authors of accepted papers.

The following registration fees apply:

Registration Fees-early (by 20th July 2018): 200 euros
Registration Fees-late (from 21st July 2018 to 1st September 2018): 250 euros
Full-time student registration fees*: 125 euros


* Students wishing to benefit from this discounted fee must submit a letter from their supervisor or the secretary of their department/faculty, confirming their status as full-time students.

The registration fees cover: conference material and other administration/organizational costs, coffee/tea breaks, lunch breaks.
Jointly authored papers should be submitted by the person who will present the paper. In case that more than one author of jointly authored papers will attend the Conference, each attending author needs to pay the registration fee.

At least one author of a paper being presented at the conference must have registered by 20 July 2018 for the paper to remain on the program. Registrations are non-refundable after 31 August 2018. A refund of pre-paid fees will be made, excluding an administrative charge of 100 euros, provided that a written request is submitted by 31 August 2018. Additionally, any registered author of an accepted research paper will be obligated to discuss at least one paper at the meeting.


FURTHER INFORMATION: For information regarding paper submissions or general questions please send correspondence to

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