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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership


How can we make the financial system support the transition to a low carbon economy? And the other UN Sustainable Development Goals?

6 November 2020

This new book edited by CISL fellow Paul Fisher, contains a set of essays by practitioners, thought leaders and experts from across Europe. They were all contributors in some way to the work of the EC’s High Level Expert group on Sustainable Finance in 2017-18, with Paul representing CISL as the only named academic on the group.

Paul Gilding: Climate Emergency Defined

15 October 2019

What is a climate emergency and does the evidence justify one? This report from CISL Fellow Paul Gilding reviews the evidence about the scale, timing and urgency of the risks posed by climate change to determine whether an emergency response is both necessary and feasible.

Angus Morrison-Saunders: Advanced Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment

2 May 2018

April 2018: This book discusses the big ideas behind EIA thinking and practice. It explores key steps in the process and the core principles underlying these with emphasis placed on best practices.

Stephen Peake: Exploring the financial and investment implications of the Paris Agreement

8 March 2017

15 December 2016 – This article explores the scale of climate finance and investment needs embodied in the Paris Agreement. It reveals that there is little clarity in the numbers from the plethora of sources (official and otherwise) on climate finance and investment.

Christiaan Kraaijenhagen, Cécile van Oppen and Nancy Bocken: Circular Business: Collaborate and Circulate

2 March 2016

March 2016 – The new book Circular Business: Collaborate and Circulate explains how you can establish a successful circular business. The authors, who are working in the area of sustainability, aim to close the gap between theory and practice in the circular economy.

Chris Hope, Paul Gilding and Jimena Alvarez: Quantifying the implicit climate subsidy received by leading fossil fuel companies

21 July 2015

Download the working paper. Authors Chris Hope, Paul Gilding and Jimena Alvarez Publication date July 2015 Abstract Fossil fuel companies sell the products that cause the vast majority of anthropogenic climate change. These companies don’t pay for the economic damage these products cause to society...

Insurance regulation for sustainable development: Protecting human rights against climate risks and natural hazards

10 July 2015

July 2015 – This report analyses the role of insurance regulation in protecting the basic human rights of life, livelihood and shelter against natural hazards and climate risk. Effective insurance regulation facilitates access to insurance (both traditional and alternative) as a means to increase communities’ resilience, fulfil related human rights duties of state and non-state actors and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Effective regulation for mutual and co-operative insurers can help protect human rights against natural hazards

8 June 2015

May 2015 – Effective insurance regulation promotes financial inclusion and supports people’s basic rights of life, livelihood and shelter. Disruptive insurance regulation, or no regulation at all, deprives the poorest people in our world from this protection. Mutual and co-operative providers of microinsurance are very aware of the sharp reality that inclusive insurance, insurance that reaches all strata of our societies, can only thrive with adequate regulation.

Wayne Visser: Sustainable Frontiers

3 June 2015

Sustainable Frontiers throws down the gauntlet to business to step up and be the catalyst for a sustainable future. It presents eight keys to unlocking transformational change – through leadership, enterprise, innovation, transparency, engagement, responsibility, integration and future-fitness.

Mark Esposito, Patrick O'Sullivan, Nigel F.B. Allington (editors): The Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Finance in the 21st Century

27 April 2015

April 2015 – Since 2008 the financial sector has been the subject of extensive criticism. Much of this criticism has focussed on the morality the actors involved in the crisis and its extended aftermath. This book analyses the key moral and political philosophical issues of the crisis and relates them to the political economy of finance. It also examines to what extent the financial sector can or should be reformed


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