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    Awarding Sustainable Finance Research

    Stockholm (NordSIP) – The Swedish House of Finance revealed earlier this month the recipients of the Hans Dalborg Award 2022 for excellence in research in financial economics. Two outstanding academics, Jan Starmans and Emma Sjöström, both active at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), are commended by the Foundation for their promising research on sustainable finance. Upon learning the news, NordSIP had the opportunity to gauge Sjöström’s reaction to receiving this honourable recognition and hear her thoughts on its significance.

    “It is encouraging that the Hans Dalborg Foundation is emphasising the importance of sustainability-related research,” comments Sjöström. “I think the award reflects that sustainable finance needs to be understood not only from a financial economics perspective but also through organisation and management studies, which is my focus,” she adds.

    Sjöström is a research fellow at the Department of Marketing & Strategy and an affiliated researcher at the Sustainable Finance Initiative at SSE. She is also co-director of the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum), an interdisciplinary research centre at SSE focused on sustainability. Misum is a platform for researchers with competencies in economics, finance, sustainable development, business leadership and innovation, together aiming to develop rigorous knowledge around how markets may best be advanced to support the transition towards sustainable development.

    Just recently, Sjöström co-authored a paper with Rachelle Belinga on the current state of integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into financial analysis, in cooperation with Sweden’s Sustainable Investment Forum (Swesif). “Once again, they [Misum] have delivered a high-quality insight into the financial community’s journey to enable successful sustainability integration,” commented Susanne Bolin Gärtner, Chair of Swesif, and Julian Beer, Project Manager for Swesif’s contribution, in the preface to the report.

    Looking ahead, Sjöström sounds quite enthusiastic. “There is a tonne of research questions waiting to be answered, so this award is inspiring me to keep going,” she says.

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    Julia Axelsson, CAIA
    Julia Axelsson, CAIA
    Julia has accumulated experience in asset management for more than 20 years in Stockholm and Beijing, in portfolio management, asset allocation, fund selection and risk management. In December 2020, she completed a program in Sustainability Studies at the University of Linköping. Julia speaks Mandarin, Bulgarian, Hindi, Russian, Swedish, Urdu and English. She holds a Master in Indology from Sofia University and has completed studies in Economics at both Stockholm University and Stockholm School of Economics.

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