In this theme, finance and capital markets are studied and linked to the latest research on planet Earth as a system. With this combination, there are new opportunities for a progressive social development in conjunction with the dynamics of the biosphere. This is uncharted terrain in research with an enormous development potential.

Research will be conducted that can help:

  • Leverage the power of the financial sector for biosphere integrity and climate stability;
  • Re-orient large-scale investment strategies for the benefit of both human and biosphere health

Current projects:

The ambition of the Earth System Finance project is to bring new science-based perspectives to current discussions about the role of finance for sustainability, with a particular focus on the role of its connections to “Earth system tipping elements”. The project identifies, maps out, and visualizes how global financial flows underpin large-scale modifications in the world’s ecosystems with repercussions for the stability of the Earth’s climate system.

  • Tax havens, international financial flows and global sustainability
  • Human-biosphere interactions and financial crises
  • Sleeping financial giants

The research on sleeping financial giants aims to bring new science-based perspectives to current discussions about the role of finance for sustainability. A particular focus lies on how banks, pension funds and other institutional investors influence critical elements in the Earth’s climate and ecosystems