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Swedish Community for Sustainable Finance Conference 2024

In an era where the global financial landscape is undergoing rapid transformation, promoting inclusion and diversity is imperative to ensure the sustainability and resilience of the financial sector. Diversity of thought and perspectives are catalysts for innovation and sound decision-making, which, in turn, fosters a more sustainable financial ecosystem. In recognition of these critical issues, we are delighted to announce the Conference on Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in the Financial System.


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Keynote Speakers

Professor Claudia Girardone, Dean of Essex Business School, University of Essex

Claudia Girardone is the Dean of Essex Business School and a Professor of Banking and Finance. She holds several external academic positions, including as an Academic Fellow at the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews. Professor Girardone's research areas focus on banks' financial and social performance, banks' corporate governance and stability, the industrial structure of banking, and access to finance. She has published over 70 articles in books and peer-reviewed international journals and is a co-author of the textbook "Introduction to Banking" (Pearson, 2021). She has also served as a joint Guest Editor for several Special Issues, including the British Journal of Management on "Corporate Governance in Extreme Institutional Environments" and the Journal of Corporate Finance on "Diversity and Women in Finance." Since 2017, she has been a member of the Athena Swan Panel at Essex Business School, promoting equality and diversity principles in research policies, practices, and culture.

Professor Rosie Campbell, Director of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership, King's College London

Rosie Campbell is a Professor of Politics and the Director of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership at King's College London. Before joining King's in 2018, she held positions at Birkbeck and UCL. Her recent work focuses on barriers to participation in politics, gendered patterns of support for the populist radical right, and voters' expectations from their elected representatives. Her publications cover topics such as voting behaviour, public opinion, the politics of diversity, and political recruitment. She is the principal investigator of the ESRC-funded Representative Audit of Britain, which surveyed all candidates standing in the 2015, 2017, and 2019 British General Elections. She has co-authored reports for various organizations, including the Fawcett Society, The Expert Panel on Electoral Reform for the Welsh Assembly, the EHRC, BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour, The Electoral Commission, The Fabian Women's Network, and The Hansard Society.

Best Paper Award

The conference committee will present a Best Paper Award at the conclusion of the conference.

European Journal of Finance [EJF] Special Issue:

Authors of selected papers from the conference will have the opportunity to be invited to submit their paper for a special issue in the European Journal of Finance. This special issue will focus on the interplay between diversity, inclusion, and sustainability in the financial system. Participation in the conference is not mandatory for submissions to the special issue.

A call for papers will be sent to participants after the conference and will also be publicised by EJF. The opening and closing dates for the special issue will allow interested authors ample time to revise papers after presentations at the conference.

Special Issue Editors:

Claudia Girardone Professor of Banking and Finance & Dean at Essex Business School Email:

Ylva Baeckström Associate Professor of Finance King’s Business School, King’s College London Email:

Important Dates:

Notification of Acceptance by: 1st March 2024

Conference Dates: Thursday 25th April and Friday 26th April

Contact Information: For any enquiries or additional information, please contact the organisers at: