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In the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow colleagues from across Durham are taking part in a series of events discussing the research within the university and beyond on the various COP26 themes. In May IHRR, the Business School and DEO will showcase Climate Fianance which is one of the themes for the COP this year. We will use this time to talk about the relationship between various aspects of finance and the climate crisis.

Climate finance covers the broad topics of investments in both climate mitigation and resilience across the globe. The finance strand in COP26 looks at the funding mechanisms for all of the other thematic components of COP26 and it is here that we begin with a discussion on the incentives, regulation and pricing of investments relating to climate change/crisis and the green economy.

All events are 2pm to 3pm on zoom.  Registration is required for each event.  For further information please see the events page here.

5 May 2021

Carly Beckerman and Julian Williams Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience

Long run investment in climate change and the tyranny of discount rates.

We start with the very longest term outlook and a critique of economic modelling of climate impacts and pathways to better outcomes over the intermediate and long term. This session will look at the changing landscape of public investment, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States.

12 May 2021

Introduction by Susan Hart, Dean of Durham University Business School
Thomas Renstrom and Laura Marsilliani Durham University Business School and DEI

Green investment and private capital.

We then look at the private sector and how changing attitudes of investors is starting to effect changes in financial markets and their attitudes to financing projects.


19 May 2021

Andy Large and Julian Williams UKRI Living Deltas Hub and Newcastle University

Sustainable poverty reduction and climate change in vulnerable regions.

We directly address the issues of climate finance in low- and middle-income countries and focus on investment and development of poverty reduction and sustainability for climate vulnerable populations.


26 May 2021

Andrew Wright and Joanna Berry Durham University Business School and DEI

Delivering a fair transition to net zero. Aligning investment incentives to policy objectives.

We look directly at the regulatory side, how externalities are priced into regulations, infrastructure provision and the move to a carbon neutral economy.