Netherlands, Groningen

Sustainable Banking and Finance: Towards a Better World

when 22 August 2016 - 26 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 850

Financial markets and the banking industry are central in the discussion on the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis of 2007. The critique on the role of financial markets and banks centers on the question to what extent they have served only financial goals (shareholder value, renumeration of managers) and lost their connection with its societal role as provider of finance.

The summer school aims to highlight the academic research into the reinforcement of the societal role of banks, which is known as sustainable banking and finance. During the summer school we discuss finance modes and sustainability, as well as the history of sustainable banking and finance. We will zoom in on the practice of sustainable banking institutions, both by addressing the progress in academic research as well as case studies. Next to the role of financial institution, we will look at sustainable finance from a corporate as well as an investor’s perspective. Finance modes may be effected by strong cultural and religious values. As a specific example, we will discuss the research and progress in Islamic banking.

Finally, the participant will prepare and present a research proposal for a study in this field, which will be discussed during the course.

Course leader

Dr. Auke Plantinga
Prof. Bert Scholtens

Target group

This summer school is intended for Master, Research Masters and PhD students who consider doing research on sustainable banking and finance. Students have completed an MSc or MA programme in Economics, Business and/or Social Sciences.

The summer school is also open for practitioners in the field of sustainable banking and finance or for students of an MSc or MA programme who intend to write a thesis on this topic.

Course aim

The summer school aims to highlight the academic research into the reinforcement of the societal role of banks, which is known as sustainable banking and finance.

Credits info

2 ECTS
If students participate in all mandatory activities, they will receive 2 EC and a certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 850: The fee ( € 850) includes:
• Housing;
• Participation in the programme;
• Course materials;
• Coffee, tea and refreshments ;
• Five lunches;
•City tour and welcoming drinks on Sunday;
• A conference dinner.
EUR 600: The fee ( € 600) includes:
• Participation in the programme;
• Course materials;
• Coffee, tea and refreshments ;
• Five lunches;
•City tour and welcoming drinks on Sunday;
• A conference dinner.

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